Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The worlds happiest man
It would be hard to find a person happier than Chip Chase. Chip is one of the founders of Whitegrass Touring Center. He and his wonderful wife Laurie are certainly the force and genius behind the success of the most unique ski center in North America.
And how could Chip NOT be happy? He lives on the toe of a ski paradise that includes 50 km of trails -- all ranging from 3200 ft to 4400 ft. He has the Dolly Sods Wilderness area right next to that, and two alpine ski areas next that that! He lives in an area that has defied the housing boom and has dodged the hokey development bullet that has been the death of many other authentic and unique places in our country.
He is surrounded by his wonderful family, his wife Laurie who with her staff produces what could be the best food I have ever eaten, let alone at a ski area. He is also surrounded by his children, all of whom ski better than you do. How proud can a dad be to have a touring center packed to the gills with people, eating talking and relaxing when your sons are hucking backflips on Nordic gear out the front window? The whole place was roaring with every hit.
Chip also has some of the best music in the world coming to his neighborhood. If you don’t believe it check out the “Purple Fiddles” web site http://www.purplefiddle.com some of those bands and musicians play at his café every night. Chip is also happy because after 30 years of doing biz he shows up at work every winter to all of HIS friends. These are people who come every year to see him, to ski to eat and to just enjoy his ski area and his life.
Cool thing is that you too can enjoy a small bit of Chips happiness. A perfect day is a nice ski on the trails, lunch at the center and then a nice hot sauna just before a four star meal at the café while a bluegrass band seals the deal.
Oh yeah and then there is Barry’s world……..