Nearly every weekend during the 1960s, George and Carol Reichhelm would make the trek from their Westport, Conn., home to any number of ski resorts in Vermont to spend the weekend on the slopes. George was determined that the Reichhelms were going to be a skiing family, but he was having a difficult time finding a ski area to call home.
“He just wasn’t that happy with the service and was concerned about the safety of us as little kids,” daughter Kim Reichhelm said. “Until we went to Stratton.
“We got to Stratton — this was like 1963 — and he just loved it. He loved the mountain, the hospitality, the way the lift ops were really courteous and helpful getting us on and off the lift. He really felt a warm greeting from them.”
The Reichhelms would wind up joining with a few other parents to establish the Stratton Mountain Ski School in 1972. Kim graduated from there six years later and would go on to become an NCAA All-American for the University of Colorado, a professional ski racer, and two-time world extreme skiing champion.