When Tom Butler first visited Sugarloaf while attending the University of Maine, little did the New Jersey native realize that it would be the beginning of a lifetime affair with the Maine ski resort.
His father had some doubts, especially when Butler’s plan of taking off “one year” to teach skiing at Sugarloaf stretched into a few more. Where was he going with all this? What’s the plan here?
All it took was a long weekend at the ski resort for the elder Butler to understand what his son was doing.
“He always said you will find bigger mountains out west,” Butler said. “You will certainly find higher-paying jobs. But you will never find better people. So, if you can prove to your mother that you’re not starving and you can pay your bills, you have our blessing.