Chet was born and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he went to local schools graduating in 1959. It was while attending Lowell Technical Institute that he first came to Franconia while on a ski club sponsored trip. Ironically, he stayed just down the road at Tamarack Lodge. After a tour of duty in the US Navy, he returned home and went to work for Lyons Press, a family owned printing company, located in Marlborough, Massachusetts, from which he retired in 1998.

Sue was born in nearby Littleton, New Hampshire, and raised here on the Lodge property, next door in the "red house". She graduated from Stoneleigh-Prospect Hill School in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and Wheelock College in Boston.

Chet returned to Franconia each winter weekend to ski as a member of the Bumps & Bruises Ski Club and a director and officer in the Eastern Inter-Club Ski League of Boston. In March of 1969, while volunteering as a race worker at the Eastern Championships, he met Sue who was teaching 1st and 2nd grades on Sugar Hill. They were married later that same year and lived in Southborough, Massachusetts, until 1998.

Their daughters Rebecca and Sarah were born in 1973 and 1977 respectively. It was only natural that the girls would gravitate to skiing in NH. Both received their training through the Franconia Ski Club and each graduated magna cum laude from Plymouth State College where they skied for the Plymouth Ski Team. They are both married now, living in Colorado and New Hampshire and each has two children.

While Chet was at the Lyons Press he was active as a Marlborough Rotarian. Annually he and Sue hosted visitors from around the world as part of Rotary’s Group Study Exchange. This program fostered their penchant for welcoming guests, leading them to return to Franconia permanently to operate the Lodge as a B&B. In 1999, they set to work restoring the rooms, removing old paint and wallpaper, and starting anew. From November into April, Chet is employed as the Race Administrator for the Franconia Ski Club. Two or three days a week, as soon as the snow melts, you’ll find him chasing a small white ball around the Bethlehem Country Club. As time permits, there is an endless list of projects to be done. Sue can be found cosmetically improving some room, refinishing a piece of furniture or skiing in the winter, and gardening (flower and vegetable) and renovating the house in milder weather.

Your hosts Chet and Sue Thompson