"Jake and I moved to Innsbruck in the 1980s, and I worked with sales and operations. In my travels, I always hit the cheese and bread shops before the snowboard shop. I was fascinated by the European tradition of separate shops for each variety of food. And I was amazed at the quality of the produce, meats and seafood.
In 2003, we took the kids out of school for a year to travel the world and see all six continents. That trip impacted all of us deeply. Stowe is a pretty idyllic place to grow up, and in the snowboard world, you travel to equally beautiful places—Colorado, Switzerland, Italy. We wanted our kids to get a broader taste of the real world. You can learn a country’s culture by embracing the food and the locals. My youngest was the most open-minded by far".