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April 25, 2014

I just received the following news via email from Waterville Valley Resort’s communications department.

The Wizard of Waterville’s Winters is Wandering West!

After 44 years of service, Keith Sutherland has decided to hang up his pink crocs and will be retiring from Waterville Valley Resort and the snow sports industry.

Keith spent his years in a variety of roles here in Waterville Valley, but he bids farewell after spending the last three years as the Director of Mountain Operations. Waterville Valley Resort is profoundly happy for Keith and incredibly proud and grateful of the service he provided over the years.

“Keith has been an unbelievable asset to Waterville Valley Resort for many years.  We are incredibly thankful for the years he has given us and especially the extra three years he let me steal from him as Director of Mountain Operations,” said Chris Sununu CEO and GM at Waterville Valley Resort.

Sununu added, “We are sad to see him go and it will be challenge to replace someone with as much knowledge and experience as Keith has, but we couldn’t be more excited for him to move on, spend the next few years with his family, and finally use that vacation home of his out west.”

“It’s been a privilege and an honor to have spent the last 44 years working with this company, with this community, and with these people,” Sutherland said. “I can’t imagine having done it anywhere else.  The friends I’ve made, the people I’ve worked with, and for all of you, I want you to know I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and wish nothing but the best for the future.  Some time in New Mexico, a lot of fishing, relaxing, grandchildren – Andrea and I are looking forward to it all.  Damn, 44 years is a long time, but now it’s family time.”

Waterville Valley Resort will begin an internal and external search for Sutherland’s replacement.

According to Sununu, “These are big shoes to fill, but we are very confident that we have the right team and support to bring his successor along in a manner which will achieve a similar level of excellence that we have come to expect here in the Valley.”

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About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

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