“For nearly 30 years CVA’s facilities have provided an environment for athletic and academic excellence. The new campus will ensure that tradition continues for another 30 years. Now is an exciting time to be a part of the CVA community!”

- Kate Webber Punderson '89, Head of School


King Cummings: The Man Behind The Name


Outside of board members at Sugarloaf, few knew of the contributions of this businessman skier who played a key role in Sugarloaf’s development and indeed the resort’s very survival at key points in its life.  His business expertise and quiet leadership moved the area forward as it grew from a T-bar or two to a full-fledged destination resort with multiple lifts and trails streaming down from the snowfields to the base.

Everyone who worked with him described King as a quiet leader who made things happen. Busy though he was in the early eighties, he took on another project that has resulted in dozens of Maine skiers achieving international prominence in the sport and hundreds attending the nation’s finest universities. King Cummings is recognized as the driving force behind the founding of Carrabassett Valley Academy. He not only led the effort, he put up the startup money.

John Ritzo, who was hired by King as Headmaster in the eighties, described King as “an adventurer who loved to ski, a believer in the area and in kids. He was an optimist who believed in the concept of CVA and was passionate about young people fulfilling their potential. He was always there with his support, both moral and financial”.

Today there is a run called King’s Landing at Sugarloaf and the new campus taking shape at CVA bears his name. The resort that is Sugarloaf and Carrabassett Valley Academy are testimonies to King Cummings’ love of the sport, the region and its people.

* This information was adapted from The Ski Museum of Maine Web Site.



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