Club History:

1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s2000s

 

 

1990's

The scope of the MMSC in the 1990's grew to include alpine and freestyle snowboard training and the freestyle
program, inspired by the success of local skiers Jim Moran and Justin Patnode, continued to develop. Shaped skis
began to appear on the hill and the alpine world was changed forever. The Ski Bum racers dominated their rivals
from Sugarbush and the weekly series grew to 200 racers.

 

 

1990

  • Sepp Ruschp died in June and hundreds celebrated his life at a memorial service at the top of the gondola.
  • Susan Larson walked away from the Junior Olympics as the Super Giant Slalom Champion and the bronze
    medalist in combined. She earned an invite to train in New Zealand with the U.S. Team, and won MMSC's Betsy Snite Award.
  • Grizzy Dwight, Chuck & Mike Tamblyn, John Steers, Sarah Chouinard and Mattias Schmidt were up and coming stars for the club.
  • Weekly Masters training was offered every Thursday for the second season. Allan Beck, Gerhard Schmidt, Pete Donaghy,
    Dick Comey, Ted Barnett, Chuck Baraw, and Trude Erhard took part in that program.
  • The MMSC was developing a Snowboard Training Program.
  • The NCAA Championships were held on the Nosedive, Spruce and at Trapp Family Lodge. UVM won the meet for
    the second year in a row.
  • A Nor-Am Race following a Waterville World Cup brought top international racers to Stowe. Tiger Shaw placed 2nd
    to Jonas Nilsson of Sweden.
  • The 1990 Sugar Slalom marked the 50 th Anniversary of that event, and a new MMSC scoreboard at Spruce was dedicated
    to MJ Shaw for her devotion to the club.
  • The Club's squad of Ski Bums (Leelee Black, Dan Susslin, Kim Brown, David Wells, Kitty Coppock, and Gail LeBaron) won
    the Jeep National Ski Club challenge at Keystone in Colorado. They brought home the Jeep which was auctioned off to benefit the MMSC.
  • The Club Championship weekend was held despite a melt-down and downpour on a severely shortened muddy course.
  • Chuck Tamblyn took the Sweet & Burt Scholarship and his brother Mike the Jeff Stone Award.
  • A dinner was held at Whiskers, with half the proceeds going to the MMSC – a great party!
  • The new bigger and faster Gondola went up – the smaller came down. Improved snow-making occurred and winch-cat procured.
  • Paul Reed, a former Head Coach, became our new President. Dean Keller left for law school and Kraig Sourbeer moved
    up to Head Coach. Lori Furrer, Mike Frost, former Swiss ski racer, Annick Chappot were also hired. Other new comers were
    Michele Patrick, Susan Amidon, and Kyle Lewis. Scott Moriarty was joined by Adam Julius and Bud Keene (A record holder
    for the highest snowboard descent) was hired as Head Snowboard coach.
  • The MMSC hosted the Telemark National, the Seagrams Pro-Am Cup and the Carnival Wintermeister events.
  • John Percy won a spot on the U.S. snowboard Team. John Bennett and Thomas O'Brien had top results.
  • Al Coppock took charge as Race Secretary with Kitty, Jody Tomlinson and Becky Graddock as timers.
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    1991

  • The year marked the 40 th Anniversary of the Junior Race Program.
  • The Cow Chip Bingo event brought $1,000 for the plop on Ginny Chenoweth's square, $300 for Courtney Arnot's,
    and $500 for Henry Timball's. Paul Percy's bovines performed beautifully.
  • Night skiing begins on the Gondola and Pascale Savard joined the Club staff.
  • The MMSC hosted the World Military Games (CISM) with top international racers. The rumor that Tomba was coming was false.
    Nonetheless, the field included Swiss World Cup stars Michael VonGruenigen, and Peter Luescher.
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    1992

  • Leslie Thompson and Nancy Bell were Stowe's representatives in the 1992 Albertville, France, Olympics. Leslie, an 11 year USST member
    who raced thru the JIIs for MMSC competed in the first women's Olympic biathlon events after 6 years on the USBA and National Guard
    teams. She was the top American (34 th) in the 15k event.
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    1993

  • The Sepp Ruschp Endowment was formed in his honor and major fund-raising challenge was undertaken by MMSEF
    president John Douglas for the Club's 60 th Anniversary.
  • At the World Championships in Japan, Erik Schlopy barely survived a horrendous crash (seen by all on TV) but Erik was back
    skiing on the USST and Briggs and Harper Phillips qualified for the World Cup opener in Park City. Susan Larson led the nation
    in downhill (2 nd in super G) for her age group.
  • Jay Ross replaced Adam Julius whose record JIII program sent 75% to States and 9 to the J III Olympics.
  • Kyle Lewis, with Tom Silva handled the JIVs; Lori Furrer was saddled with the 54 JV & VIs.
  • Snowboarders had six in the Nationals with Chad Langdon and Tony Francisco in the top 10.
  • Shannon Arell was champion at the Telemark Nationals.
  • The Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy expanded its program under Tiania Adams and Lori Furrer at the Stowe School, with
    out-of-town students bunking with host families.
  • We lost too many good friends in 1993… Dick Tanch, Kerr Sparks, Lou Stoler, Gub Langdon were missed by all.
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    1994

  • New Ski Club building approved by the Mt. Company, to be built by the MMSC on old Big Spruce Base Lodge foundation.
  • Jodie Bush was new JIV head coach, Julia Carson and Jong Cherryholmes snowboard. Ten assistant coaches were needed
    for Lori Furrer's JV crowd.
  • Twenty members raced the Master's Sise Cup circuit and received coaching from Kyle Hopkins.
  • Ski Racing named Alan Beck it "Outstanding Master's racer".
  • Olympic Hopefuls were Chip Knight and Freestyle Mogul hotshot Jim Moran.
  • Noted MMSC racer, Greg Bartlett was killed in an August accident. We also lost Blanche Blauvelt and former president Chuck Savage.
  • The USOC Ski Challenge raised $81,000 for the U.S. Ski Team. Billy Kidd, Paula Zahn, and Diane Roffe-Steinrotter
    joined teams of MMSC racers in the race.
  • Leslie Thompson went to her third Olympics in Lillehammer. Her mom and dad were proud to be there with her.
  • MMSC athlete, Harper Phillips, named to the 1994 Olympic Team.
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    1995

  • Our new Clubhouse was started and all lockers and junior race equipment moved to the basement space.
  • Hannah Kreizel and Nelson Riley returned as top JIVs under Kate Korbet. Hannah Sequist handled the JVIs.
  • The annual MMSC awards went to Erica Platt (Craig Burt), Stephanie Long and Anna Hackett (Betsy Snite)
    and Michael Furlong (Jeff Stone)
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    1996

  • MMSEFI Scholarships were founded in memory of Charlie Black, president in the 1960s and 1970s and an MMSEFI founder.
    Tom Bryant and Wyman Flint were also missed.
  • Stephanie Long again won the Betsy Snite award, Tyler Barlow the Jeff Stone and most improved MMA academic awards.
  • The MMSC set up a web site, created and maintained by Jim Revkin.
  • Enrollment doubled at the MMA, testament to their fine program.
  • Claudine Safar and Tom Sequist were added to the JI & IIs coaching staff.
  • Tom Oddy replaced Jan Rosendaal as Executive Director.
  • Stowe Mt. Resort was #1 in "Skiing", and "Ski" – a first!
  • A "trainer program" was introduced giving race training to 14-17 year old racers for the month of December.
  • Our race program produced big results: JI Champions, JII Champions, JIII State Champions, East I&II Finals Champions
    and JIII Olympic Champions – not bad.
  • A Sunday-only program began for first year 7 and 8 year olds.
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    1997

  • Jay Ross had a strong JIII girl's team to coach, headed by his daughter Lauren, the '96 JIII Olympic champion.
    Jessica Kelley and Emily Copeland were rivals as well as Sara O'Connell.
  • Stowe hosted the NCAA Championships again. This time, it was almost a win, but just a close second to Utah.
    Susan Larson raced for the UVM Cats.
  • The MMSC awards ceremony honored Jo Ellen Rowley and Kristin Kreizel with the Betsy Snite Award and Lauren Ross
    and Jessica Kelley shared the Jeff Stone Award.
  • The Ski Bum series had some heavy hitters that season, with close competition for individual honors. The "Friends of the Devil"
    ski bum team celebrated 20 years of perfect attendance, and all praised Marion Baraw as the "glue" of the series.
  • Coach Chris O'Leary worked the "rough Riders" weekend program for 12 and under snowboard kids. Five of the big kids
    qualified for the Nationals and the mountain pledged a better half pipe.
  • Twenty JIVs – too many to mention – qualified for the Vermont Championships.
  • Hank Lunde (born in Barre, grad of Norwich) replaced Gary Kiedaish as President and General Manager of Mt. Mansfield Company
    (which owns Stowe Mountain Resort).
  • New additions were: expansion of half pipes and terrain parks, new groomers, and Burton Demo Center.
  • The first MMSC Golf Tournament raised $6,000 from 88 players and sponsored at the Stowe Country Club.
  • Bud Keane was back as Head Snowboard Coach (after stint in '93 &'94)
  • Lauren Ross went to a U.S. Team development camp in Bend, OR. Others went to New Zealand or Mt. Hood.
  • John Teague was named EISA coach of the Year after 8 years as UVM's Alpine Director. Ex-Olympian Felix McGrath
    took over after Teague's retirement.
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    1998

  • Biddle Duke organizes the Stowe Schuss Super G – for those who wish to go faster. Sixty braved the course
    on Little Spruce with Billy Reichelt and Tiga Berson the overall winners.
  • Brooke Laundon wins NCAA SL for Middlebury College.
  • Stowe kid Jimmy Moran competes in freestyle moguls at 1998 Nagano Olympic Games.
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    1999

  • Tom Sequist succeeded Tom Oddy as Executive Director and the new dream Clubhouse was up and running.
    All the coaches were smiling.
  • The "Oxymorons" captured the Club Golf Championship and helped raise $7,500 for the MMSEF.
  • Mission Wolf introduced Rami to 90 enthralled members.
  • Ex-MMSC racer Eric Rohr revived Swiss Challenge Camp in Zermatt. Tom Silva head coached then went with 20 MMSC racers to Mt. Hood.
  • A stunning celebration was held in honor of George Tormey, who was killed in a motorcycle accident on July 4th.
    Tributes were given by Woody Knight, Bob Bortree, and Tim Beck. Barry Stone was master of Ceremonies; Paul Reed
    and Tiger Shaw also shared memories. Over $15,000 was raised for the MMSEF.
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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!