Arriving from Colorado, Tracy Bartels worked for Vail Resorts for the past 20 years before assuming the role of general manager at Mount Sunapee just prior to the start of this season. Coming from the West with an impressive list of credentials both within and outside of the ski industry, she brings a new perspective and plenty of energy to the resort.
New England Ski Journal: I understand that prior to getting involved in the ski industry you were in another field. What is your background? What was it you were doing?
Tracy Bartels: I moved several times growing up but lived in Oakville, Ontario, from sixth grade through high school. I then went on to study and receive a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Missouri. After college I went to work for Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas, working as an engineer in a factory assembling missile guidance systems. From there I moved on to United Technologies Carrier in Arkansas as an engineer designing and building a factory to build air conditioning compressors. Next came a stint in Alabama with Unitog where my job was to select a site and design and build a manufacturing and distribution center in Alabama.
NESJ: What made you leave that field and get into skiing?