Club History:





The 1930s mark the beginning of organized skiing in Stowe. Trails were cut on Mt. Mansfield. The era saw
the formation of the club, the hiring of Stowe's first professional instructors and the formation of the nation's
earliest ski patrol. Racing arrived in Stowe and so did lift service.




  • The Stowe Ski Club was formed.
  • Craig Burt's Ranch Camp was the clubhouse.
  • Frank Griffin was the Club President.


  • On January 16, the Stowe Ski Club incorporates as the Mt Mansfield Ski Club.
  • The first official race was held on the Bruce Trail. It was MMSC vs. Roland Palmedo's N.Y.
  • Amateur Ski Club. Jack Allen won in 10 minutes and 34 seconds.
  • In Woodstock, Vermont nation's first rope tow is built. First skier is Bob Bourdon.
  • MMSC hires Jim Trachier as first ski instructor.


  • The first overhead cable lift, a J-bar is built at Oak Hill in Hanover, New Hampshire, by the Dartmouth Outing Club.
  • (Amski 1966 p448 -7-) (Friedl)


  • Sepp Ruschp arrived, hired by the MMSC to teach at the Toll House.
  • Wesley Pope constructs first Stowe rope-tow at Toll House in October.
  • Stowehosted its first big race, the Eastern Downhill Championship on the Nose Dive.
  • Bob Bourdon descends 1-3/4 mile trail in 2 minutes & 35 seconds.
  • Bill Mason is elected Club president.


  • In February the rope tow opens.
  • Vermont State Downhill Championship held on Nose Dive.


  • In February Stowe hosts first National Championships.
  • U.S. Women's Nationals were held on April 9-10.
  • First U.S. Ski Patrol established at Stowe under Minot ("Minnie") Dole as chairman of national committee. (Amski 1966 p448) (Friedl)


  • The first Sugar Slalom was held on the Nose Dive trail.
  • Charlie Lord elected MMSC president.
  • Eastern men's Downhill, Slalom and Combined Championships held on Nose Dive.


    We are continually developing the MMSC history timeline. If you have any interesting MMSC stories, facts or photos, you can contribute,
    or any corrections to the information we have compiled so far, please send to Mike Leach Thank you!