As she sat, enjoying her Tuckerman’s Pale Ale, Bebe Wood had little clue as to why she was asked to attend the annual Ski New Hampshire conference. But to her surprise she was there to be honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Her surprise was shared by all as her loud gasp, upon learning that she was this year’s recipient, was followed by cheers of a crowd who in some way, shape, or form, had all been touched by Bebe and her dedication to sharing our wonderful sport with as many people as possible.
As Ryan Schramm explained in his presentation of the award “Bebe is a true Ski Bum”, having spent her entire life enjoying the sport. Growing up in Marblehead, MA, Bebe and her siblings taught themselves how to ski at a nearby golf course. By the late 30’s she and her sister were making trips to Cranmore, NH and within the next decade Bebe would become a pioneer of the growing counter culture of the “ski bum”. In 1950 Bebe, living in Sun Valley, Idaho was featured as one of the models for a skiing article that ran in a February issue of Life Magazine.
In the early 60’s she and her husband moved to Bristol, NH where they introduced their children to the joys of skiing. In 1965, when Ragged Mountain Resort opened, Bebe was a natural fit as the Director of the Junior Program designed to introduce local school children to the sport. Bebe served as the head of the Courtesy Patrol through the new millennium until her retirement. Today she is still an active member of the Ragged Mountain Resort community as a host on the weekends. Skiers and Riders from all ages and all areas are greeted warmly with a smile and sometimes a hug as they enter the Elmwood Lodge.
A wealth of knowledge both of the mountain and of the industry, Bebe enjoys her role as the mountain’s ambassador of the newly formed Bebe Wood Free Learn to Ski & Ride Program. Named in her honor as a testament to her desire to introduce new folks to this wonderful sport, the Bebe Wood Program has introduced over 2000 people to skiing and riding, completely free of charge, in its first two years of operation.
We are so happy to congratulate Bebe on her award, and couldn’t think of a more fitting person to be recognized as the 2018 Ski NH Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.