Hank Lunde receives award

first_imgHenry Lunde, president of Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort, was awarded the Sherman Adams Award at the National Ski Areas Assocation (NSAA) National Convention and Trade Show in Savannah, Ga. The award is presented annually to an individual from an Eastern ski area that has significantly influenced the industry. It’s named after the former governor of New Hampshire who was also the founder of Loon Mountain, N.H.Lunde has been a leader in the ski industry during most of his adult life. For 28 years, as general manager, and president of Killington and president of SKI, Ltd., he worked to build the largest ski resort in the East. During that time, Killington’s development of advanced snowmaking systems, high capacity lifts, steep terrain grooming, ski week packaging and international marketing set the standard that other resorts would follow.Vermont Ski Areas Association President David Dillon said that Lunde’s efforts were significant in catapulting the state to the third largest ski state in the country. “He’s made significant contributions, both at Killington and Stowe. At Killington, he brought Vermont to the forefront of skiing. He was among the pioneers in developing snowmaking and creating the Vermont (dependable snow) brand of skiing, which he continued at Stowe. He understands not only the sport, but the state, and can work well within the structure to make things happen.”As President of Stowe for the past six years, Lunde successfully directed the company through the planning and permitting process of a $250 million expansion. Mountain Sports Media and SKI magazine recognized the community collaborative focus of that process and awarded Stowe the Golden Eagle Award for overall environmental excellence. The collaborative process was also widely acknowledged by prominent environmental, business and government leaders as a model for others.Dillon said that Lunde’s work on Stowe’s renovation was revolutionary. “When he was developing Stowe’s Master Plan, (Lunde) put together an extensive collaborative between environmentalists, the community, the industry and stake holders to put together a project that reflects resort needs in keeping with the local environment. It was a very strong piece of work that took a lot of time, energy and resources.”The revitalization project, which is expected to span a decade, began in July 2003, and includes construction of new lifts, trails, snowmaking, lodges, a hotel, performing arts center, golf course, retail and dining establishments, and a wide range of real estate. The development, called Spruce Peak at Stowe, is designed to increase skier visits, broaden four-season recreational options and diversify the company’s revenue sources.A cultural shift is also evident at Stowe. Under Lunde’s leadership, employees created a company philosophy called the “Triple A’s” that defines and guides resort operations. The principles–Attitude, Awareness and Accountability–were adopted as core company values and are actively promoted to help guests and employees fully understand the resort-wide culture of respect, safety, goodwill and excellence.Lunde has served many years on the ANSI B77.1 Executive Committee, the Vermont Tramway Board and the Vermont Ski Area Association Board. He is also a board member of the Stowe Area Association and a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable. He is especially proud of the many years he has served on various healthcare boards, including the Rutland Regional Medical Center, Fletcher Allen Health Care and the Vermont Health Plan. In his community, Lunde has served as planning commissioner, justice of the peace, little league coach and Boy Scout troop leader, earning him the distinction of Rutland County Citizen of the Year. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, golf, fishing and travel.Stowe is one of America’s first ski destinations, dating back to the ‘30s. In 1935, the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol was founded, the first of its kind in the nation. In 1940, Stowe’s single chair became the longest and highest lift in North America. For many years, under the ownership of American International Group (AIG), Stowe has helped develop some of the world’s best ski racers, including Olympians Billy Kidd, Doug Lewis, Bodie Miller, Barbara Ann Cochran, Lindy Cochran and numerous NCAA champions at the University of Vermont.The National Ski Areas Association, formed in 1962, is a trade association for ski area owners and operators located in Lakewood, Colo.last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *