American Skiing Company magnate wants to lead Maine
One of ski country's biggest cheeses has decided to run for public office. Les Otten, the present or former owner of Sugarbush and Mount Snow ski resorts in Vermont and Cranmore and Attitash in New Hampshire -- and the onetime big poppa of American Skiing Company -- is running for governor in the state of Maine.
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With a long-overdue hotel at its base, a once-glam Vermont resort is looking up.
Who would have imagined that, five decades after its jetsetting vibe earned Sugarbush the sobriquet "Mascara Mountain" for all the A-list guests it attracted, this resort would seem a model of relative rusticity? Sugarbush, supplemented by doggedly independent Mad River Glen up the road, retains enough quirks to please retro-minded purists. But even stumpjumpers like a soft place to land, and what Sugarbush lacked was a full-service slopeside hotel. Cross that off the list.