Owner Bill Whitcomb says it wasn't his intention when he purchased the mountain 27 years ago, but Hermon Mountain has become the family business, with his children and grandchildren choosing to work there.
Whitcomb shares general manager duties with his
"Our ski school program is excellent," he
"We have a tot program for 3- to 4-year-olds that's a really cool program.
Parents take the one-hour lessons with their kids and help the children learn by working with them on techniques the instructors want the kids to master over the next week.
says children have an easier time learning to ski because they're often pigeon-toed which creates a natural snow plow.
says it may sound crazy but it's a lot of fun: Using the three trails at the front of the 360-foot mountain, competitors ski or snowboard down the first trail, remove their equipment and run up the middle trail, then put the equipment back on and race back down the third trail.
Multiple skiers and riders are going up and down the mountain at once but they are broken into age groups.
"It's an awesome one to watch," Whitcomb
says of the event usually run in February.
A lift ticket is the only entry fee needed.
And if all that isn't enough to hammer home the fun, family atmosphere at Hermon Mountain, how about this: No alcohol.
"For some people it means nothing, but for us it means an awful lot," Whitcomb
doesn't believe there's room for alcohol at a small ski area with no lodging or mountainside restaurants.
Though people have inquired over the years about him getting a liquor license he's
never compromised on that.
"It's one of the things," he
says, "that makes parents comfortable."
According to owner Bill Whitcomb, the youngest person ever to "hit the trails" at Hermon Mountain was the 10-month-old child of a ski patrol member who skied on his own.