By Martin Griff, nj.com
December 05, 2009, 11:02PM
I started my ski season today at Waterville Valley Resort in central New Hampshire. Most Jersey people don’t bother crossing the Connecticut River from Vermont into the Granite State to get their snow fix, so I don’t expect many New Jersey encounters in “Live free or Die” country.
The first person I ran into this morning had a name tag that read LISA – Atlantic City. LISA is Lisa Dutto, Assistant Snowsports School Director / Snowboard Supervisor. The Atlantic City native is a long time resident of New Hampshire, but her mother, twin sisters and brother still live in New Jersey.
It’s a shame that New Jersey’s government has done such fiscal damage to the state that when people with a New Jersey connection get together, talk turns to unbearable taxes. Lisa said that her family came up for Thanksgiving and did all their holiday shopping, sales tax free. She added that there is concern in the family over the burden the high New Jersey property taxes are putting on her mother.
I rode the chair lift with Waterville Valley events planner Jamie Cobbet. He married a Jersey girl from Chatham. They met at nearby Plymouth State College. Jamie said Plymouth State has a large population of New Jersey students and many of them work or ski and ride at Waterville. They build a lifelong connection with Waterville and keep coming back.
Martin Griff / The Times
Another Jersey sighting, colleague Matt Galella of Mantua. Matt is a longtime snowsports columnist for the (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal.