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Meet the Parks Crew

Renowned for building top-rated terrain parks,  Stratton offers a variety of features and parks designed for all ability levels.

Dave "Bubba" Snyder takes the reins after six years on Stratton Park Crew and five as a snowboard instructor. Bubba grew up riding in Pennsylvania were "we had to make our own jumps." Now he has the snowmaking, grooming and park crew on board to help him "make the kids happy." That's what he plans to do.

 Talented and dedicated, we present to you, the Terrain Parks Crew!

David “Bubba” Snyder

Position: Manager
Years at Stratton: 10
Favorite Work Tools:  Grinder
Favorite Parks Event: Burgers and Bonks
Favorite pro rider: Travis Rice
Why do you work at Stratton: because it’s awesome.
What got you into parks: Building jumps by myself. Why not get paid and have some help.
If not parks, what else would you be doing? Landscaping
Favorite skiing or riding gear: Thirty Two, Lib Tech, whatever’s free
Favorite feature at Stratton: All of them
Favorite Stratton park: Suntanner
Write your two sentence online dating profile: Married.
Do you have any pets? Dog – Ronin – he loves snowboarding
Tell us one amazing thing about yourself. I have a tattoo on the inside of my lip.
Choice quote: “I’d side jump that.”

Richie Gagnon

Position: Supervisor
Years at Stratton: 5
Favorite Work Tools: Billet Aluminum rake
Favorite Parks Event: Burgers and Bonks
Why do you work at Stratton: Lucky
What got you into parks: Backyard jibs
If not parks, what else would you be doing? Swingin’ hammer
Favorite skiing or riding gear: What’s free
Favorite feature at Stratton: TANK
Favorite Stratton park: Big Ben / Suntanner
Do you have any pets? Otis
Tell us one amazing thing about yourself. I love to side jump.
Choice quote: “Bonk it n stomp it.”

Forrest Hamer

Position: Digger
Years at Stratton: Two
Favorite Work Tools: Paint roller
Favorite Parks Event:  Washed Up Cup
Favorite pro rider: Adam (shred ninja) Shaw
Why do you work at Stratton: Because Stratton has three T’s in it.
What got you into parks: The original Suntanner park
If not parks, what else would you be doing? Probably fishing somewhere.
Favorite skiing or riding gear:  Head
Favorite feature at Stratton: Big Ben Ollie wall.
Favorite Stratton park: Big Ben.
Write your two sentence online dating profile: My people are cooler than Luke’s people, call me first.
Tell us one amazing thing about yourself. I go hard in the dye.
Choice quote: “I’m going to get my Bab on”

Matt Horton

Position: Fabricator
Years at Stratton: 3
Favorite Work Tools: welder, chainsaw, volunteers
Favorite Parks Event: Burgers and Bonks
Favorite pro rider: Craig Kelly
If not parks, what else would you be doing? Hunting, hiking, being outside
Favorite skiing or riding gear: Thirty-two, Crispy Whips
Favorite Stratton park: Big Ben
Do you have any pets? A dog, Jane, and a cat, Kita.
Choice quote: “Make it all straight again.”


Luke Duke

Name: Luke Duke
Position: Digger
Years at Stratton:  Five
Favorite Work Tools: chainsaw
Favorite Parks Event: Washed Up Cup
Favorite pro rider:  Terje Hakenson
Why do you work at Stratton: Cause it’s where I shred
What got you into parks: Building jumps is where it’s at
If not parks, what else would you be doing? Climbing trees and cutting ‘em down
Favorite skiing or riding gear: Rome
Favorite feature at Stratton: anything you can jib
Write your two sentence online dating profile: Have your people call my people.
Favorite Stratton park: Suntanner
Tell us one amazing thing about yourself. I do work son!
Choice quote: “Sting ray double sided scooby snack”

Chris Acernese

Position: Digger
Years at Stratton: Two
Favorite Work Tools: Papermate ink pen
Favorite Parks Event: Butter Cup
Favorite pro rider: Jake O.E.
Why do you work at Stratton: FUN
What got you into parks: myself
If not parks, what else would you be doing? Being miserable
Favorite skiing or riding gear: Holden, Union, Thirty-two, Ashbury, Grenade
Favorite feature at Stratton: January batgrass.
Favorite Stratton park: Suntanner
Write your two sentence online dating profile: Your two sentence online dating profile
Do you have any pets? A dog, Dakota, and 2 cats, Zoey & Nancy.
Tell us one amazing thing about yourself. I can slide lip like a Boss.
Choice quote: “You don’t need rocket appliances to get your grade 10”


Adam “Hot Sauce” Shaw

Position: Official US Open dye guy, part time shred ninja.
Years at Stratton: 10
Favorite Work Tools:  dye pack, tranny shovel.
Favorite Parks Event: Cold Wars
Favorite pro rider: Candide Thovex
Why do you work at Stratton: I started here as a freestyle coach because of the terrain parks at the time. We are serious ole timers in this park building game.
What got you into parks: When the skis changed shape and we started skiing backwards
If not parks, what else would you be doing?  Back home round the farm.
Favorite skiing or riding gear: Man… I’ll ski down the hill with 2x4s strapped to my feet and slash it.
Favorite feature at Stratton: 10,000 gal tank
Favorite Stratton park: Big Ben
Write your two sentence online dating profile: I am taken.
Do you have any pets? Serious question? I live on a farm.
Tell us one amazing thing about yourself. My face sweats when I eat hot sauce.
Choice quote: “That snow would let up some, if it quit coming down so hard!”


Nick Deistler

Position: Videographer & Marketing Coordinator
Years at Stratton: This is the first
Favorite Work Tools: My Canon T3i
Favorite Parks Event: My own coordinated promotional rail jam held here at Stratton Mountain Resort. Deistler Compound Throwdown
Favorite pro rider: Chris Bradshaw
Why do you work at Stratton: I chose to work at Stratton because I have been given the rare opportunity to work directly in my film career. My job here at Stratton is my dream job!
What got you into parks: Snowboard Videos
Favorite skiing or riding gear: Never Summer, Technine, Special Blend, Nike 
Favorite feature at Stratton:  Flat to down box
Favorite Stratton park:  Tyrolienne
Do you have any pets? I have a cat named Ellie. She is the coolest cat paws down!  

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