Killington's new Communications and Public Relations Manager
Michael Joseph is a "news and politics junkie" who's also
passionate about snow sports and conservation.
A snowboarder, he says his "favorite part of snowboarding is
finding fresh snow and fun lines between the trees," which he
should find plenty of due to the newly expanded Natural Woods Areas
But that's not the only opportunity that attracted him to his new
"As the largest ski area in Eastern North America, Killington
provides a unique set of opportunities for me both professionally
and personally. I came to Killington from Burlington because I saw
this as a great opportunity to get closer to nature and spend more
time snowboarding while continuing to hone my public relations and
communications skills without leaving Vermont, which has some of
the best local food and beer in the country," he told The Mountain
That must be a significant draw, too, as Joseph has settled down a
fair distance from his hometown state. He grew up in Charleston,
West Virginia and graduated from Charleston's Capital High School
in May 2007. In May 2011, he graduated from West Virginia
University where he was enrolled in the Perley Isaac Reed School of
Journalism. He majored in journalism with a concentration in public
relations doing a summer internship in Washington DC in the press
office of WV Senator Jay Rockefeller in 2010.
After graduation he joined the Burlington, Vt. office of People
Making Good, a public relations firm that specializes in
publicity and media relations, where he worked as an account
executive for two years. At PMG he furthered his skills in writing
and editing, and developing and executing strategic media and new
media plans to tell brands' stories. He joined the team at
Killington Resort, Dec. 2.
As the resort's communications and public relations manager, his
duties include: maximizing resort media exposure through
traditional and new media; researching, writing, editing and
distributing press releases; fulfilling media inquiries; managing
the daily research, writing and dissemination of daily conditions
reports to media and area businesses; and managing the resort's
Besides being an avid snowboarder and a vegetarian, Joseph is "a
big fan of live music" and is into camping and mountain
biking/hiking with his dog, Mona.
The Mountain Times: How did you get into snowboarding?
Michael Joseph: I have been a fan of snowboarding for as long as I
can remember. I grew up biking, skateboarding and watching the
X-Games and went snowboarding for the first time in 2000 at
Winterplace in southern West Virginia. After a few spills I got
hooked because of the fun of going fast down the mountain with
MT: Is WV still your family home?
MJ. Yes, My older sister Kasey (28) and my parents Robert and
Barbara are all in Charleston, West Virginia.
MT: What type of movies are your favorite any specific ones?
MJ: For movies I enjoy documentaries and most anything funny.
While I don't consider it to be the best film out there, I never
get tired of watching Out Cold, which is basically a goofy take on
Casablanca with a focus on snowboarding.
MT: What are your fav. activities?
MJ: Mountain biking (biking anywhere on any kind of bike, really),
playing music (guitar primarily), listening to music and seeing
live performances, hiking, trail running, and playing fetch with my
dog. In the winter: snowboarding, hiking with my board on my back,
MT: Who is your dog?
MJ: She's a black lab/beagle mix that was rescued from the Humane
Society of Chittenden County. She's almost three years old and is
named Mona. She loves snow and happily tags along with me for hikes
in all four seasons.
MT: How's the new job?
MJ: It's a treat to be surrounded by so many intelligent and
energetic specialists who are all passionate about snow sports and
this great mountain. I'm excited to increase visibility and
awareness for the events and environmental and community
initiatives here at Killington.