The Hills Are Alive: Skiing With Sam Von Trapp In Vermont
By Everett Potter
Sam von Trapp was running a little late but given that he had a world famous lodge, a cross country ski resort and brewery to run, it was excusable. Besides, everything else was perfect. It was a bluebird day that was warming up, the snow was softening and the grooming , as is usually the case at the Trapp Family Lodge, impeccable. Better yet, my wife, my daughter and her best friend were going to cross country ski with ski royalty.
“The snow is soft so I think the girls can handle a few hills,” von Trapp said, nodding at my 14 year old daughter and her best friend. As the president of the Trapp Family Lodge – and the grandson of Maria von Trapp of the famed Trapp Family Singers, the subjects of the Broadway Play and the subsequent musical, The Sound of Music — von Trapp has a lot of history on his broad shoulders. He grew up here, in the hills of Vermont, with the state’s most famous ski resort, Stowe, just a couple of miles away …