Okemo’s Rick Doyle retires after 44 years Okemo skiers and riders know Rick Doyle best as the manager of the Sitting Bull Restaurant and Bar. Golfers know Rick as Okemo Valley Golf Club’s pro shop manager. And some people learned to ski thanks to him when Rick was a ski instructor at Okemo. But, as the 2018 golf season comes to an end, after 44 years with Okemo Mountain Resort, Rick Doyle is retiring. “Okemo has been so fortunate to have someone of Rick’s personality and work ethic working on the team for the past 44 years.  He bleeds Okemo Blue,” said Okemo VP and General Manager Bruce Schmidt. “Rick brings a passion for the job that is seldom found. He is so well known by guests and staff and is helpful and friendly to everyone.  We always knew where to find Rick on busy days at Okemo; in the kitchen of the Sitting Bull helping out, or behind the bar serving drinks.  As we move forward, Rick will be often emulated but never duplicated.” In 1974, Doyle, originally from Leominster, Massachusetts, planned to visit a ski buddy of his who was working in Vermont. The two had known each other from their hometown ski mountain, Pheasant Run. A couple of days away turned into an extended stay when Doyle’s friend recruited him to be a ski instructor for the winter. “It just kind of worked out that way,” said Doyle. That friend was Jim Remy, a ski instructor in 1974 who is now Okemo’s VP of golf operations and former president of the PGA of America. Doyle made the move from working on-snow to behind-the-bar in 1980. From 1982 onward, he spent his winters in a management position at Okemo’s Sitting Bull. When Okemo Valley Golf Club opened in the late 1990s, Doyle started working summers there. “I am fortunate to have spent all this time working in the two sports I enjoy most,” said Doyle. “Work is work, but this has been a great run!” Doyle noted that working in the recreation industry has become so much more professional. It used to be a transient lifestyle, but has become a career option. He went on to acknowledge Tim and Diane Mueller, and all they have done as former owners of Okemo Mountain Resort to make Okemo what it is – “allowing a guy like me to live a life of recreation.” Doyle met and married the love of his life while working at Okemo. The couple has three children and three grandchildren. In his retirement, Doyle plans to play a lot of golf, travel some and spend time with his family. “I’ve been very fortunate,” said Doyle. “I came to visit for a couple of days and made a life at being a ski bum.” Do this; don’t do that With all the things a newbie has to remember to do while learning to ski or snowboard, Okemo Ski + Ride School Director Chris Saylor offers seven tips for what not to do, to help improve your day on the hill.  1. Don’t wear cotton socks; and wear only one pair of socks at a time. 2. Don’t just pull your gear out of the closet and go slide; having equipment tuned makes a difference. 3. Don’t head straight down the slope; warm-ups are important in all sports. 4. Don’t skip breakfast, and maybe avoid the carb load in the morning. 5. Don’t wait till 10 a.m. to head out to slide; early turns are the best. 6. Don’t do lunch at noon, when everyone else does. 7. Don’t wear jeans; waterproof clothing is best. homefront okemo.com > 802-228-1600 > page 33