Club History:





America's entry into the 2nd World War dramatically affected the course of skiing in Stowe. One of Stowe's greatest stars,
Marilyn Shaw was denied the opportunity to compete in the 1940 and 1944 Olympics, cancelled because the war. Many MMSC
skiers joined the new 10th Mountain Division. It was an era that also brought many new lifts and trails to Stowe.




  • Stowe's Marilyn Shaw McMahon (age 16) won the Combined National Championships in Sun Valley.
    She was selected for the 1940 Olympic Team, but the games were cancelled due to WWII.
  • Nancy Reynolds (Cooke) was the National Slalom Champion and was named to the 1940 Olympic Team.
  • Second single chair in the East opened. It was the longest in the U.S. The cost was 60 cents per ride.
  • Charlie Lord directed the cutting of the Midway, S-53, and Charlie Lord trails.
  • The Octagon was built.


  • Dan Ryder elected president of MMSC after Charlie Lord.
  • Marilyn Shaw McMahon won the National Slalom Championship at Aspen.
  • The Skimeister trail was opened. The trail saw the onset of the Skimeister races – forerunner to today's ski bum races.
  • Pearl Harbor and America's entry into war leads MMSC to suspend operations.


  • C.V. Starr came and began a partnership with Sepp Ruschp.
  • Most of Stowe's male skiers join the 10 th Mountain Division.


  • The von Trapp family came to Stowe and built their first lodge.


  • The Stowe Derby evolved by Erling Knud Anderson, Rolf Holtvet and Sepp Ruschp while brushing trails.
    Originally a race for skiers over 35 years. ( Stowe Mtn. Resort History Timeline).


  • The first Stowe Derby was held and won by Sepp Ruschp.
  • For fun, local skiers ran the Merry-Go-Round – four downhills in two days (Nosedive, Chin Clip, Bruce and Steeple).
  • Abner Coleman replaces Dan Ryder as president of MMSC.


  • The Mt. Mansfield T-bar opened, serving Tyro, North Slope, Standard, and Gulch.
  • P-Tex base invented by the Swiss firm Muller and Co. (Ski/R 1983 p41)
  • Dynamic comes out with a Cellulix base. (Her V8-1 1996)
  • First Pomalift developed in Europe by Jean Pomagalski. (Amski 1966 p448)


  • A new Toll House was built and two rope tows on Spruce in 1949.


  • Mount Mansfield Company acquires 3500 acres on Spruce Peak, now home of the MMSC.
  • Howard Head markets the aluminum Head Standard, the first commercially successful aluminum ski. (Ski/R 1983 p43).


    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!