1. Seth and Suzie had a profile together on theknot.com, a
popular wedding site
2. Was on Nickelodeon's "Global Guts" and won a piece of the
3. Favorite Movie is Jurassic Park, second favorite is Jurassic
It is hard to limit this to just two truths and one lie as there
may be more misinformation about Suzie Dundas than anyone else in
Killington. Stories about Dundas seem to grow and take a life of
their own, even if they did start with a kernel of truth, which
most of them didn't.
To begin, let's just start with the most recent gossip: Suzie is
leaving Killington because: a) she broke up with Seth/Mike/Ryan
(insert other names as you like) b) she is running away with one of
them c) she is pregnant. (There are probably d-z more versions to
this. Sometimes she is simultaneously dating men; sometimes women
too, sometimes she is engaged-although Suzie would also like to see
the diamond ring.)
While most of these are pure rumors, Dundas identifies one
kernel of truth: she and Seth actually did make a profile together
on theknot.com, but it wasn't for romantic reasons. "The site
required two people to register to get to the next stage," she said
explaining that it was part of her efforts to understand the
wedding market so as to better promote Killington as a wedding
Rumors starting from such benign kernels would bother many
people, but Dundas just shrugs and laughs them off. "That's quite a
social life! If they only knew my nights are mostly spent watching
Netflicks alone in my apartment," she says, adding that her
favorite movie is Jurassic Park and her second favorite is Jurassic
No, those rumors do not reflect why she is leaving, she
says. She has decided to part ways with Killington in search of
adventures of a different kind; the city sort. Her last day at the
EDT is this Friday, August 31, then she is off to New York
In October of 2009, Suzie Dundas moved to Killington and got a
job as Communications Coordinator for the Resort. She planned to
stay a season or two "playing" in her mid-20's and then move on to
The City, but she got involved. Now, nearly three years later, she
has had a hand in Town marketing first as coordinator and most
recently as the Director of Economic Development and Tourism.
"It's been a dream job and very fulfilling in many ways," she
says, adding that there are also frustrations "sometimes I wonder
why they pay me at all if they aren't going to listen… there are
limitations to the current structure, I think."
Moving forward, Dundas has few plans but a lot of hope.
"There are a lot of unknowns right now, for me," she says. "I
don't know where I'm going to live, or what I will find for work. I
don't even know exactly what I'm looking for, but that's part of it
all. I'm not that worried."
One thing is certain, Suzie will not have to rely on her cooking
skills as there dozens of restaurants to choose from on every
block. That's a relief. Even cereal has nine steps of preparations,
according to Dundas. Don't believe it? She can count them.
If all else fails she can probably find some work saying the
alphabet backwards in the subway or modeling (a skill she will have
to refresh since quitting the profession at 13 years old.)
One tip: avoid the ultra-liberals, Dundas, last time you hung
with that crowd you gave up meat and leather and got pepper sprayed
twice by the cops for your "efforts."
As someone who has been deeply involved with marketing the best
this region has to offer over the past few years, what will you
Fresh muffins from SunUp Bakery. Walking into a restaurant and
having the bartender know your drink. The snack mix at Jax. Waking
up and looking out on Deer Leap. Riding my bike past mountains,
lakes after work. Jenna (the office dog.) Microbrews. Bear Mountain
in the spring. Bear sightings. Sitting on the roof and watching
shooting stars. My "traffic jam" being baby ducks crossing on River
Road. End of season farewell parties at the top of Superstar,
sunsets from the top of Pico Mountain. Playing in waterfalls.
Peanut Butter cookies from The Market. Weekend trips to Canada.
What are some of the things you are most honored to have worked on
for the benefit of Killington?
Hosting the biggest Cooler in The Mountains Shows ever and
securing the biggest Long Trail sponsorship. Helping businesses
being able to stay open longer and, therefore, provide more jobs
because of the traffic to Killington events brought in. Increasing
community involvement in events, such as the Hay Festival. The
success of the Route 4 Byway designation, including national
funding. Communicating Killington's story during Irene; stories
that our community was strong, highlighting local heroes, and
helping the media see beyond just the extensive damage that was
What are your hopes for Killington and the EDT moving
I hope there is continued tourism and marketing efforts made and
more regional partnerships. I hope the EDT becomes properly funded
with a dedicated source of funds and is organized so as to be able
to develop effective, long term plans. It would be great to see
increased representation from all segments of the population in
town politics, we could use more diversity in age and experiences.
I hope the partnerships between the town and resort continue to
grow and that together they are able to maintain Killington's
status as the number one ski destination on the east coast. I hope
people put grudges aside for the good of the community.