What started in high school with a fascination for snowmaking led Kris Blomback to pursue a career in the ski business that has spanned 32 years, all in New England.
He has worked at Pats Peak in Henniker, N.H., for 28 years now, including the past 24 as general manager. With degrees in business administration and commercial recreation management from Lyndon State College in Vermont, Blomback’s passion for the sport steered him to explore just about every mountain operations function you can imagine.
New England Ski Journal pinned down Blomback for a conversation on his love for skiing and for the family-owned resort he has called home now for nearly three decades.
New England Ski Journal: It seems your entire life has revolved around skiing. How did it all begin?
Kris Blomback: I think I honestly started skiing because I really didn’t have a choice! My family comes from a Scandinavian background, and there were no beach vacations in our household. Everything was focused on skiing. We lived on Long Island and each X-mas vacation we would plot a trip to the Berkshires, where we would ski Jiminy Peak, Butternut, Catamount and sometimes Bousquet and Brodie. When Presidents’ Week would come around, that would lead us to weeklong vacations in southern Vermont based out of the Village Inn in Landgrove for about 15 years straight. Once in a while we would head west.