She's an icon on Cannon Mountain
Doughty has been a ski instructor at Cannon Mountain for 32 years. She is the sole Professional Ski Instructors Association 50-year pin recipient at Cannon Mountain and the only instructor with a 40-year pin — making her the most experienced instructor on the hill.
"It was pretty awesome," Doughty said of the honor.
In 1964, Doughty was 22 and the youngest in her PSIA class to pass the rigorous course and earn her first-year pin at Snow Ridge in northern New York.
Born in Austria as Magdelena Biack, she started skiing at 3 on a farm after her family fled Vienna during World War II. The easiest way she could get to school was to ski with her mother, who was a teacher.
Doughty taught two seasons and met her husband, Marshall. The skiing duo, Maggie and Marshall, went on to run ski schools in Vermont at Mount Ascutney, Haystack and Round Top. While at Round Top, a family hired her to be their children's personal coach at Cannon Mountain. She said she fell in love with the Cannon experience and never left.
The Doughtys' two sons were on skis before they could walk, and her three grandchildren ski.
She teaches the weekend seasonal program, the school programs and for a few years, was a coach for the Franconia Ski Club. She has churned out three decades of confident skiers.
"It's a lot of fun, and I love all the children, and they like me. I'm very strict and my group is always well-behaved. We have fun and they always learn something. I'm very proud of my kids, and at the end of the season they are beautiful skiers," Doughty said.
She teaches her pupils sound ski techniques, and also ensures they are polite and respect each other and develop stamina. She even loves to ski in rain and on ice and shares this love with her students."
"I'll be 82 then, and will hopefully be young and skiing circles around everyone," she said.
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