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Justin Butterfield

Doorman Summertime
Passion: Fly-fishing

Although many ski bums gravitate to Stowe for the epic mountain, Butterfield, 31, was lucky enough to be born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. When the temps rise, Butterfield turns to his other passion: fly-fishing. “I love bouncing crayfish down the river bottom and stripping streamer flies for big, mean fish in the still water of a lake or pond,” he says. Locally, he fishes Little River in Moscow and Lake Eden, along with “secret” spots like Belvidere Pond. “I love the take—that shot of adrenaline when you first realize a fish is on, followed by what is hopefully an intense battle with a large fish, and finally the euphoria of landing it,” he says. Favorite thing about fishing: “I like to tie my own flies—especially streamer patterns that are stripped back towards the angler by hand versus letting the fly just drift.” Advice for visitors: “If you want to go hunting for a trophy, then a guide is a good idea. Or bring your gear and talk to the valet team at The Lodge!”

Anna Roberts

Property Management Services Coordinator
Passion: Cycling 

Anna Roberts, 36, will never forget the moment, 14 years ago, when road biking turned from a pastime into a passion. She was on a group ride with four other women headed up Route 108 in the Notch. Their pedaling cadence, breathing, and spinning chain rings all fell into perfect synchronization. “It was an enlightening moment for me,” she says. So Roberts doesn’t mind packing away her skis and hitting the road. Although she has a four-year-old and a busy job, Roberts carves out time on Friday afternoons and weekends for rides. Her go-to routes are Stagecoach Road, which stretches from Stowe to Morrisville, and the Notch. “The climbs are by far my favorite,” she says. “They become complete mind and body workouts.” Reflecting on her two favorite sports, biking and skiing, she sees parallels between them. “They make me feel peaceful, centered, and fulfilled,” she says. And as with everything, she takes the good with the bad. “From flat tires to ripped skins,” she says. “These are all opportunities for continued growth.” Favorite thing about cycling: “Freedom, challenge, endurance, and the beer at the end!” Advice for visitors: “Bring a spare tire kit with extra tubes wherever you go. Don’t turn around; just keep going!”

aleicia beagan

Massage Therapist
Passion: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

For Aleicia Beagan, 40, her favorite sports have mellowed over time. She’s always been an avid snowboarder, but recently, finds herself snowshoeing just as much. “I am in love with the quiet found in the woods where there are no other footprints,” she says. She’s an elite whitewater kayaker, but these days, spends as much time on her stand-up paddleboard. “Standing is nice,” she says, comparing it to being cramped under the spray skirt of her whitewater boat. “I have seen otters playing, beavers slapping their tails, and black bears swimming,” she says, adding, “Sometimes I love to paddle to the middle of a lake and just lay down and stare at the sky.” Favorite thing about paddleboarding: “The wind on my face.” Advice for visitors: “There are rentals at Waterbury Reservoir and Lake Elmore. And if you already SUP, there are yoga SUP trips.”

David hatoff

Special Events Manager
Passion: Mountain Biking 

David Hatoff, 50, a former competitor in the Budweiser Pro Mogul Tour and a freestyle coach at Vail, skied over 100 days last year. But this Cherry Hill, NJ native, who first came to Vermont with a job working for ski magazines, doesn’t enter a mourning period during mud season; rather, he gets psyched up for his other passion. “Mountain biking on single track reminds me a lot of skiing in the woods or earning your turns when ski touring,” he says. “Both require looking ahead, getting a feel for the terrain, seeing your line, and flowing with the natural contours of the trail and its features.” Hatoff relishes the challenge of “cleaning” a trail—that is, riding the length of a rooty, bumpy, technical single-track without “dabbing” (putting a foot down). “Trails keep me in the woods, on the dirt, and under the canopy,” he says. Favorite thing about mountain biking: “The shared camaraderie between riding buddies, riding a new trail, or conquering a technical feature for the first time.” Advice for visitors: “Hook up with a local who can show you the trails that are not on a map.”

 

 

 

 

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