Win Smith, President

Win Smith is President and COO of Sugarbush Resort. Win and his family were the majority owners of Sugarbush from October 2001 until its purchase by Alterra Mountain Company in January 2020.

Win is a resident of Warren, Vermont and has a home with his wife, Lili Ruane, in nearby Shelburne. He has four children, four stepdaughters, and six grandchildren, five of whom are already passionate skiers.

Born in New York City, Winthrop H. Smith Jr. attended the Buckley School in Manhattan before enrolling at Deerfield Academy for his high school years. He received his BA in political science from Amherst College and an MBA from The Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was an accomplished equestrian and earned varsity letters in both soccer and rugby while in college. Win went on to enjoy a twenty-eight year career at Merrill Lynch & Co. before moving to Vermont. During the final ten years, he was Chairman of Merrill Lynch International and a member of Merrill Lynch’s Executive Management Committee.

Win Smith serves on the board of the Vermont Ski Areas Association and is Chair of the National Ski Areas Association where he is a member of their Executive Committee. In 2017, he joined the board of the Vermont chapter of The Nature Conservancy where he is Vice-Chair of the Board. He is also Honorary Chair of the Vermont Women’s Foundation.

As a Vermont business owner, Win has served as Chair of the Vermont Business Roundtable and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 2007, he chaired the Governor's Commission on the Future of State Parks.