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Dartmouth College names new director for Skiway

  • Mark Adamczyk

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 2/18/2020 10:03:07 PM
Modified: 2/18/2020 10:03:01 PM

LYME CENTER — Dartmouth College has named a ski resort official from Colorado to be the next director of the Dartmouth Skiway.

Mark Adamczyk will become just the fourth person to occupy the post since the Lyme Center-based Skiway opened in 1957. He will take over for Doug Holler, who is retiring after 19 years on the job.

“It became very clear how rich the culture of skiing was at Dartmouth, and it was very evident to me the positivity of (the) culture ... not only the history of skiing but just the way they operate,” Adamczyk said.

Skiing was only supposed to be a hobby for Adamczyk. He moved to Colorado to be a lift operator in 2006 and escape the bustle of Philadelphia for a season. Nearly 14 years later, he is now the director of outdoor adventure at Winter Park Resort in Winter Park, Colo.

“I thought I would spend a season here and get the skiing out of my blood, and I just found a really wonderful resort and a really incredible community that led to marriage, home ownership and kids,” Adamczyk said.

Adamczyk was chosen for the Skiway job because he had fresh ideas for the mountain and is experienced in ski management, according to an announcement about his hiring from Dartmouth.

“What I’m excited about is going in there and using the perspective that I’ve gained from my time at Winter Park and seeing how we can apply some of that thought process to the Skiway. It’s a bit of a tired trope: Different isn’t always better but better is always different,” he said.

The Dartmouth announcement said Adamczyk would be bringing new ideas to the Skiway, “including creating a terrain park, new offseason programs, and training.” But both he and Dartmouth officials said any talk of such new features is premature.

“I’m not entirely sure that I know enough about the specifics of the operation at the Skiway to have clear ideas of what could be programmed there,” he said.

Adamczyk said he and his wife have chosen a house in Fairlee and hope to move in by the end of March.

Dave Newlove, the Dartmouth assistant vice president of business and hospitality services who led the search committee, said the hiring process began last fall and Adamczyk was hired in January.

“We posted the position when Doug announced his retirement. We advertised through national ski magazines and publications, so we had a nice, large pool of applicants from all over the country” Newlove said.

The top four candidates for the position were put through several rounds of interviews with representatives of the Skiway, the athletics department, the risk management department and the Outdoor Programs Office. They were also graded by Dartmouth students who work on ski patrol for the mountain as well as economics professor Bruce Sacerdote, who sat on the search committee.

Newlove thought Adamczyk was clearly the best candidate, adding that he was chosen because “we want a focus on customer service. We have a lot of different constituents. We want to keep the alpine team happy, we want to keep the people at Ford Sayre happy, we want to keep the PE classes happy and we want to keep the general public happy.”

Adamczyk is excited to get started at Dartmouth.

“What interested me and what I enjoyed most about the (hiring) process was seeing how varied the stakeholders are at the Skiway and the balance between athletics, student leadership and community. I thought that was a really unique and refreshing mission,” he said.

Adamczyk will take the helm on April 1, and Holler will leave a month later, on May 1. Holler said that the overlap is meant for the two of them to “exchange institutional knowledge.”

Adamczyk said he is grateful to have that month to learn more about ski culture at Dartmouth.

Holler is satisfied with his replacement.

“Everybody here is looking forward to his arrival, (his) taking over the reins, and bringing some new and fresh ideas,” Holler said.

Rohan Chakravarty can be reached at rchakravarty@vnews.com or 603-727-3248.




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