Letter: Long Live the Whale

To the Editor:

Thank you, Valley News and the people of the Upper Valley, for the outpouring of appreciation for Whaleback and my role there. In turn, I want to acknowledge the many people who have also played integral roles in making Whaleback what it is.

First and foremost, I want to thank Dylan Goodspeed and Frank Sparrow. They are steadfast business partners and have worked tirelessly to keep Whaleback going. Randolph National Bank and Tim and Sally Herbert have been extraordinary supporters. Our department managers and staff — the Whaleback crew — have worked long hours for little pay and with limited resources.

Numerous volunteers show up every week to help with programs and events and give their time, knowledge, resources and energy to make it all work. Local companies and businesses have supported the mountain year after year in many different ways.

Finally, to the parents, children and individuals who choose Whaleback as their home mountain: You have joined our programs, enjoyed the terrain and made Whaleback an exciting, friendly community mountain. My own children have learned to ski and ride on the slopes of Whaleback and share your affection and appreciation for this place.

I am writing this while traveling to Heavenly, Calif., for the U.S. National Freestyle Championships with Konrad Mitchell. I met him at Whaleback eight years ago when he was half his age. For seven of the last eight years, he has trained with me on the Core Team. He is competing with the best mogul skiers in the country. We will see another Whaleback skier, Olympian Hannah Kearney. Also this week, another Whaleback Core teammate (and Konrad’s next-door neighbor), Julia Krass, is flying across to Italy to compete at Junior World Championships.

Whaleback is a special place that can play a vital role in the Upper Valley and in the snow sports industry by offering convenient and affordable learning from beginner to elite. For this reason, I trust that this is not the end of the story, merely the end of another chapter.

Long live the Whale!

Evan Dybvig

Lebanon

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