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Cross-Country & Nordic Background

Notably, Mr. Lithgow’s formative ski industry career years were spent almost entirely dedicated to the Nordic/Cross-Country discipline of the business; a path that included the following involvement:


  • PSIA Certified Instructor & Examiner


  • USSA Cross-Country Ski Competitor (1978-81)


  • Level 1 Certified Nordic Coach; Lyndon Nordic Training Center, Lyndonville, VT


  • USSA Nordic Technical Delegate

  • Past Board Member, CCSAA


  • Cross-Country & Biathlon Grooming Crew – 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Games


  • Director, Waterville Valley Nordic Operations, Waterville Valley, NH (1981-84)

Related Projects

  • Co-Project Manager of Strategic Master Plan for Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, for the expansion of cross-country skiing facilities and operations the Oak Hill Nordic Center.  Project includes layout and construction of FIS homologated race trails with integrated snowmaking and lighting, a complete redevelopment of base facilities, comprejhensive market study and an expanded business model.

  • As Director of Nordic Operations, designed and constructed White Mountain Criterion, a Nordic competition trail at Waterville Valley.  The trail is a 5k layout with a 2.5k cut off, specifically designed as an independent POD within the commercial touring system network.  The trail became an important part of the 1982 Men’s Nordic World Cup event at Waterville Valley.

  • Chief of Course, 1982 Waterville Valley Nordic World Cup.  As Director of Nordic Operations, was responsible for a success site bid landing this event.  As part of the Waterville Valley Organizing Committee, preparation included participation related to all site arrangements and logistics.  Additionally, directly managed the field-work and trail modifications of the FIS Homologation process of the 15 kilometer, single-loop, men’s classic race course. 


  • Over an eleven-year period with CNL Lifestyle Properties, co-managed – as owner – projects included over $13 million of snowmaking investment at ten different mountain resorts, and encompassed a full range of scope; from simple replacement of snowmaking guns, compressors or pumps, to full system expansion on new terrain. 


  • Co-managed the planning, budgeting and implementation of $16.2 million of VANOC (Vancouver Olympic Committee) funding for expansion and improvements at Cypress Mountain (West Vancouver, BC), related to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

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