CRANMORE REMEMBERS JIMMY MERSEREAU

by Christian Mower on December 17, 2011

THE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF NORTH CONWAY’S CRANMORE MOUNTAIN RESORT SAYS AS PEOPLE ANTICIPATE THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS WITH GOOD THOUGHTS, IT’S A DIFFICULT TIME OF YEAR FOR THE STAFF AND SKIERS AS THEY REMEMBER LONGTIME CRANMORE EMPLOYEE JIMMY MERSEREAU, WHO DIED DECEMBER 23, 2009.

BEN WILCOX SAYS HIS FORMER OPERATIONS DIRECTOR – WHO STARTED WORKING AT CRANMORE IN THE EARLY 1970s – WAS CONSIDERED A LEGEND IN THE SKI INDUSTRY – AND A LEADER IN IMPLEMENTING ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING THE USE OF BIODIESEL FUEL AT THE RESORT.

LAST YEAR A TRAIL JIMMY CUT FROM THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN TO THE TOP OF THE SOUTH SLOPE WAS NAMED “JIMMY’S RUN” IN HIS HONOR.

WILCOX SAYS THE TRAIL HAS CHANGED THE WHOLE WAY THE MOUNTAIN SKIS.

MEMBERS OF JIMMY’S FAMILY – INCLUDING HIS LONGTIME COMPANION ANDREA LIBBY – WILL JOIN FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS FRIDAY MORNING TO ATTEND A CEREMONY ON THE TRAIL WHERE A 7-TON GRANITE SLAB AND BRONZE PLAQUE WILL BE UNVEILED IN JIMMY’S HONOR.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO JOIN IN THE CEREMONY AT 8:45 A.M. FRIDAY. GUESTS CAN RIDE THE SOUTH QUAD CHAIR LIFT UP AT 8 A.M. AND SKI DOWN – OR RIDE THE LIFT DOWN AFTER THE CEREMONY.

COFFEE AND A CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST WILL FOLLOW IN THE EATING HOUSE.