Wall of Fame Celebration Ceremony
Sat, Dec 12, 2020
Location: Gate House Lodge, Lincoln Peak
This event was originally planned for April and has now been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 12th 2020.
Celebrate Sugarbush's 61st anniversary season and the local legends who make this mountain so special!
Join us as we induct the 2020 class into the Wall of Fame. This will be a fantastic evening of camaraderie and celebrations, and we hope to see you there.
Similar to a Hall of Fame, Sugarbush’s Wall of Fame seeks to recognize some of the most significant contributors to the Sugarbush experience from 1958 to the present. The Sugarbush Wall of Fame was established last year as part of the resort’s 60th Anniversary Celebration.
The Sugarbush Wall of Fame recognition is awarded annually to those who have made a significant contribution to “cultivating a spirit of lifelong adventure and camaraderie among Sugarbush staff, guests, and the community.” The Wall of Fame Review Committee met to review a number of strong nominations. While last year’s inaugural celebration inducted ten members to the 2019 Wall of Fame, going forward, the Committee has been charged with selecting, on average, two members annually.
After much discussion, Wall of Fame inductees for 2020 were decided and are as follows: Henri Borel, Sigi Grottendorfer, and Guy Ludwig Laudisi.
Henri Borel is the founder and co-owner of Chez Henri Restaurant, the Parisian-style bistrot that has operated in historic Sugarbush Village since Christmas of 1964. Chez Henri has been a cornerstone of the Sugarbush experience, serving fondue, escargot, and other French fare to guests from Olympian Stein Eriksen to Yoko Ono and Jean Claude Killy. Chez Henri earned a reputation for night life, hosting wild parties in the famed Back Room in the early days of disco. The Back Room still lights up for the occasional birthday party or Ski Club Ten celebration, the private club Henri managed prior to opening the restaurant. Perhaps more than anything, Henri is recognized for his positive and welcoming spirit, as well as his infectious love of skiing.
Sigi Grottendorfer served as the Director of Sugarbush Ski School for thirty years, taking the helm from Olympian Stein Eriksen. Grottendorfer cut a wide swath through the ski school, earning the admiration of fellow instructors and guests alike. Grottendorfer is credited with founding the Centered Skiing movement with Denise McCluggage, a fellow instructor and nationally-recognized sports writer. For many years, Grottendorfer led a large group of Sugarbush instructors down to Portillo in the summer months to continue their professional instruction. Grottendorfer’s induction will be postponed until April 2021 as he is spending the winter months in his native Austria and is not able to attend this year’s celebration.
Guy Ludwig “Luddy” Laudisi is credited with introducing countless friends to Sugarbush over the past forty years. Laudisi began coming to Sugarbush in the 1970s, traveling from New York City on weekends and eventually purchasing a home here in the 1980s. Laudisi fell in love with Sugarbush, and devoted his weekends to sharing that love with his large circle of friends, teaching them how to ski, and introducing them to the Valley. Laudis began his media career as a host of his own radio show at the University of Michigan while in college. He went on to work as a writer for WABC in New York City, and then for the Johnny Carson Show. Laudisi became an Executive Producer for NBC’s Today Show, where he remained for over twenty years. Laudisi was able to share his love for Sugarbush in his work for NBC, playing an integral role in the live broadcast of the Today Show at Sugarbush in February of 2008.