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Sun Mountain

Sun Mountain
In 1971, the then 72-year old Fred Pabst, former President of Pabst Brewing Company responded about going in to the ski business, “It was just a case of giving up beer for fresh air. I was able to ski all day and apres ski when it got dark. I have never been sorry.”

Those who knew him thought it he would start spending his winters in the South, but it never happened. Pabst response was, that he was “not geared to go where the wild ducks go. I'm tuned in to where the lift lines go.”

As the temperatures drops and the days get shorter, you maybe thinking of a destination to escape the cold. Not too far from the border of the Green Mountain State, sits the only resort with southerly views. Even on its coldest days the sun’s rays here will make it feel warm.

With Fred Pabst sense of adventure, he traded in a life behind a desk, for creating a ski resort and, the Bromley Mountain Outing Club, that gives back to its youngest a life-long appreciation of snow sports. This families that come here pursue a winter tradition of skiing and riding and Bromley Mountain makes it possible.

Who knew that planting oats and winter rye, in the Hapgood State Forest would allow skiers to enjoy powder on a mere four inches of snow? You will have to “come ski it for yourself” on these Blue Ribbon Trails,

And if you are lucky enough to make it on a clear day you will be graced with a longer day than most on Bromley’s….. Sun Mountain.

Thank you the skiers in this edit:

The Cardella Family


The Park Family

Ivy Park

Ice Coast Magazine's John Guiffo

And Bromley's Janessa Purney

  • Ray and Alicia Alba
  • Ray and Alicia Alba
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Skiing, Adventure, Outdoors, Vermont
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 29, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    DSLR, Drone, Go Pro
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Ray and Alicia Alba

On Christmas Day 2010, our son Sandro, 6 at the time, got a freeboard from Santa. We were lucky that year, that we had a White Christmas. So he grabbed his freeboard and sled and we headed over to our local hill. There are not too many places to sled in our hood, but we had what locals called Dead Man’s Hill. A street closed off to traffic that lies parallel to a cemetery, in Washington Heights, NYC.

Our son got on his freeboard and rode down the hill like he had been doing it his whole life. Ray and Alicia had not skied in since 1997, and Ray's last trip skiing was February 1, 2001, but they could remember the feeling immediately. She looked at him and he looked at her, and he said “how about we start skiing again?” and so Alba Adventures began.

As a husband and wife team we have had no formal education in filmmaking though we have taken upon ourselves to learn this craft by trial and error, and by leveraging our photography skills to help to shoot stories. Needless to say, our work had vastly improved over the years, with many stories viewed thousands of times and us developing a small online following; knowing we still had and have so much still to learn about producing, editing and storytelling.

We now produce about a bit more than a dozen short videos a year and while we travel, particularly skiing, we often hear people yelling from the chairlift "The Alba Adventures".


To produce family ski and travel videos that will attract other families to be more active, to visit their local or distant mountains, to experience the great outdoors and to share time together skiing.

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