Club History:

1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s2000s

 

 

1980's

The 80’s really marked the beginning of the modern era of skiing. Snowmaking and grooming in Stowe expanded,
and Stowe installed its first high-speed lift. Ski technology changed more and more, the World Cup was fully established
and the success of the Mahre Brothers led American skiing to the forefront of the world stage. MMSC was well
represented at all of the Olympic Games of that era.

 

 

1980

  • A huge expansion of snow making occurred – 7 miles of cover.
  • Tiger Shaw, Beth Morrissey, and Heidi Knight all were U.S. National Junior Team members.
    However, $8,000 per skier for 8 months was required.
  • Bob Bortree and George Tormey were JI&II coaches. Mac MacInnis was the new Head Coach
    and Program Director.
  • Paul Biedermann was honored for his 20 years of service as Executive Director of the MMSC.
    Steve Adams was serving as Club President.
  • Another Grand Marnier victory was won by the MMSC Team '80 (Kitty Ross, Ken Kero, Nancy Buonanno, Roger Wighton, Karen Susslin and Jay Laird) beating defending Champions MMSC Team '79.
  • The coaching staff was headed by George Tormey, with Mark Hutchinson taking the JIIIs & IVs.
  • MMSC's juniors summered in Zermatt with John Morton's Swiss Challenge Camp.
  • The World Pro Ski Tour was here for Winter Carnival with a $60,000 purse. Televised by NBC Sports.
  • John Teague wins NCAA GS for the University of Vermont.
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    1981

  • Henry Simoneau retired as Mountain Manager after a great racing youth and Stowe ski instructor stint.
  • After winning the Nor-Am Series, Tiger Shaw was named "Ski Racing's Junior of the Year".
  • John Morrissey was at Middlebury, but still went to Europe with the USST prepping for World Cup races.
  • Doug Powell wins U.S. Downhill Championship.
  • Stowe and Smugglers Notch hosted the second International Special Olympics. The first was in Steamboat Springs,
    so Billy Kidd played a part, along with Maria Shriver. It was a huge event, with many competitions, fireworks, bagpipes and parties.
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    1982

  • The Toll House slopes closed with ceremonies featuring a "last run" by the Stowe Ski School, and a celebration
    hosted at the location of the very first lift.
  • The Easy Mile trail and new lift replaced the Toll House T-bar.
  • Dan Lax and MMSC crew created a new computer program which made instant printed results possible,
    seconds after the last racer finished.
  • Tiger Shaw wins NCAA SL for Dartmouth.
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    1983

  • MMSC celebrated Golden Anniversary with an evening of dance with Mark Lamphier's Dixieland Band and salute to the
    "legends" of Stowe with costumes and skits. Billy Kidd flew in as an honored guest and speaker. A chicken barbeque preceded
    the next day's team races – the U.S. Ski Team Challenge complete with pari-mutuel betting. The event organized by Joe Welch and Nancy Cooke raised over $12,000 for the MMSEF. The telemark skiers raced for the von Trapp Trophy and all retired to the Stubert
    for the awards party.
  • Stowe hosted its first Nor-Am race on the newly approved FIS Hayride.
  • Tiger won the GS at the 1983 National Championships and was named to the "A" Team. Erica Nourjian was tapped
    for the U.S. Development Squad.
  • Another Grand Marnier National Championship was won by MMSC's Chuck Baraw, Trude Erhard, Tom Emmanuelson, Amy Dwyer, LeeLee Black and Jeff Lancaster.
  • The Mt. Mansfield Academy opened, creating opportunities as well as race training with MMSC coaches. Galen and Disa Nourjian,
    Kristy Libby, and Greg Marron were the first to sign on. MMSC juniors sported new red, white and blue hats designed
    by Wendy Nourjian and Jane Sequist.
  • May 2 closing date marked latest closing in Stowe history.
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    1984

  • Two special ski racing awards were established in memory of MMSC's Jeff Stone and Betsy Snite Riley.
    They will be presented annually to talented junior ski races.
  • Tiger was named to the 1984 U.S. Ski Team and competed in Sarajevo with the whole family present. Then, at the NorAms,
    he won the overall and GS titles.
  • Andrew Shaw, skiing for UVM, won the NCAA GS Championship and Aunt Ann Shaw Savela made the UVM Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Master racers just kept on ticking. Allan Beck was winning on the Sise Cup circuit and had a national age group gold medal
    to his credit. Betty Biedermann, Jinny Hunt, and Dick Comey also raced to medals.
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    1985

  • The mountain Triple replaced the T-Bar and a new T-line trail was opened, with much new snowmaking.
  • Sepp and Helen (Maxie) got married.
  • Season ticket purchasers no longer benefited from a MMSC discount, so membership lagged.
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    1986

  • The Jeff Stone Award was presented to Christy Tiballi and Erik Schlopy. Erika Nourjian received the Betsy Snite Award.
  • The single and double Mt Mansfield chairs made their last runs. They were dismantled to make room for the new quad.
  • Another Grand Marnier National Championship was won at Alpine Meadows by MMSC's Dan Susslin, Gail Susslin,
    Richard Erdman, Kim Brown, Carol Thomas and Trina Brink.
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    1987

  • The quad was named the "Forerunner" and was zipping skiers to the top in no time.
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    1988

  • Tom Amidon returned for a second stint as president.
  • Bob Sampson was new program director and Cindy Suplizio, Gregg Bartlett, Tom Sequist, Lew Barber, Tiania Adams,
    and Gayle Erdmann all were now part of the coaching staff.
  • Frank Springer came on in MJ's tough position.
  • Chip Knight was the year's recipient of the Jeff Stone Award. The Betsy Snite went to Shelly Scipione.
  • Tiger Shaw had the top U.S. men's finish (12th in GS) at the Calgary Olympics. He also raced to 19th in the Super-G
    on the icy course on Mt Nakiska.
  • Leslie Thompson also represented Stowe in Calgary. She competed in 4 events, placing 25th in the 20K freestyle.
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    1989

  • Ed McMullin took charge as Executive Director – Dean Keller as Head Coach. Mike Leach, Eva Pfosi and Kraig Sourbeer
    were added to the coaching staff.
  • MMSEFI fundraising drive offered super season transferable passes and MMSC Anoralp parkas for big donors.
  • "Plot the Plop" was a fall fun fundraiser – Roy Clark the winner. A MMSC Mud Slalom, toy boat sailing regatta and Toll Road
    biking hill-climb completed the drive with great participation.
  • Paul Biedermann died in February
  • Tiger Shaw and Kristin Farish married in Martha's Vineyard.
  • Snowboarding was allowed on the mountain.
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    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 mmsc@teammmsc.org Thank you!