Who are you? What do you do at HV and how long have you been working here?
My name is Kaitlyn Riethmiller and I am the Administrative Supervisor. A lot of people refer to me as the “New Donna” as I recently replaced Donna Hallick (who is and will forever be an icon for Holiday Valley), but it’s going to be a while before I earn that title. While I’ve been working at HV for the last six years, I just recently started my current position this past October.
What do you like more, summer or winter? Why?
Work-wise, winter by far. My days are very busy and they absolutely fly by. I love it. But, outside of work, summer no questions asked. I love warm weather plain and simple.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
My days are never the same and I’m constantly learning something new each day - it can be quite intimidating and overwhelming at times, but it challenges me to be better.
When you’re not working, how do you enjoy spending your time?
I’m a big fan of trivia and game nights honestly (I strongly suggest Fattey’s Trivia Nights on Wednesdays if you haven’t been yet) and when I have the opportunity, I love to travel.
If you’re off work and having fun with friends at HV, what are you doing?
Probably eating - a lot of my friends also work here at the resort so it’s nice to unwind after a day of work, grab food, and catch up on life lately.
Most underrated thing to do at HV in your opinion?
In the winter, definitely snowshoeing or taking a ride up Mardi Gras as a foot passenger. So many people think that just because they don’t ski or snowboard, or haven’t before and are too intimidated to try, that there isn’t anything else for them to do. Both of those give guests the opportunity to catch a glimpse as to what we truly offer. Summertime, I’d say hanging out by the Cabana Bar playing the games we have. You can easily spend hours playing those games with friends and family while grabbing food or drinks.
What’s your best HV memory?
Like many local kids, I grew up coming to Holiday Valley for our ski club. While my friends and I would be out skiing, our parents would be inside the old Main Lodge hanging out. Each week, a different parent/family would bring dinner for us and at the same time each week we would meet up for dinner. Those weekly dinners, even if it was just pizza from a place in town, were what I looked forward to the most and truly instilled a sense of home for me.
In your opinion, what makes HV special?
I truly cannot emphasize this enough, but being a smaller resort is such a blessing. It allows returning guests to get to know our employees on such a personal level and truly feel like they know us just as much as we know them. There are so many families that I’m genuinely happy to see year after year and hear what’s going on in their lives & all of the changes since the last time we spoke.