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History

Established in 1934, MMSC is an organization with deep roots in ski racing history, and the club is committed to honoring these roots while building its future as a leading alpine ski racing program. In the early decades of the sport, MMSC brought many of the world’s best alpine racers to Stowe to compete on its famed terrain. The club was the training ground of Billy Kidd, the first American to medal in Olympic alpine skiing with his silver in the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Olympics (alongside teammate Jimmie Heuga who took bronze). For many years, MMSC has played a key role in developing U.S. Ski Team and Olympic athletes.

The Club’s newsletter archives were the primary source of information used to develop the history timeline below. For MMSC history inquiries please contact: [email protected]

1920s

In late 1920, a meeting of a small group of community-minded citizens in the boiler room of the Akeley Memorial Building in Stowe village provided the historic setting for the town’s real beginnings as the “Ski Capital of the East”. The date has not been recorded but it probably was an evening in late 1920. Five or six men including Burt gathered here to discuss the town’s economic depression of the post-World War I period and what might be done to lift the gloom. Out of that and a later meeting came plans to hold Stowe’s first winter carnival on Washington’s Birthday, 1921. After exceeding all expectations, it would be followed by winter carnivals in the next two years. (Hagerman)

1920-1921

  • Craig Burt constructs a ski jump and toboggan slide on Simmons Hill above the present Stowe Elementary School, and a winter carnival is held on Washington’s Birthday, 1921, with newly formed Stowe Ski Club as official sponsor.
  • Craig Burt begins reconstruction of the Toll Road to accommodate motor vehicles.

1921-1922

  • For the 1922 Winter Carnival, a four day event, the facilities on Simmons Hill were improved and expanded to include a skating rink. Attendance was estimated at 2,500.

1922-1923

  • The Lodge at Smugglers’ Notch began operation.
  • Craig Burt completes Toll Road, now open to vehicles.
  • 1923 Stowe Winter Carnival was a three-day event in early February, featuring Daredevil Dobson of Leominster.
  • The U.S.E.A.S.A. was formed and had as charter members six clubs, Brattleboro Outing Club, Dartmouth Outing Club, Nansen Ski Club, Norsemen Ski Club of NY, Sno Birds of Lake Placid Club, NY, and Saranac Lake Ski Club.
  • First slalom race held in the U.S., between Dartmouth and McGill ski teams.

1925-1926

  • Craig O. Burt, Bob Wells (11 yrs.) and Craig Burt Jr. (10 yrs.) take hike up Mt. Mansfield to ski down.

1926-1927

  • First downhill in U.S. held on Mt. Moosilauke Carriage Road in April.

1930s

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.

1931-1932

  • Over Washington’s birthday, 1932, Roland Palmedo and Jose Machado, of the Amateur Ski Club of NY, come to Mt. Mansfield looking for a place to bring their ski club. Craig Burt sends his son to guide the visitors around the Mt. Mansfield area. Palmedo promised Burt that skiers from his club would be up any weekend that beds were available.
  • The Stowe Ski Club was revived. On March 6, the club put on a winter carnival, whose downhill race drew 300 spectators. A 300 foot long ski jump, a toboggan run, and a bobsled run had been constructed.
  • Stowe electric train stops service on May 2, 1932.

1932-1933

  • The Stowe Ski Club expanded the Winter Carnival events to include slalom and cross-country races and an exhibition of ski jumping on one ski by W.C. McNamara of Norwich University. The turn-out of 1,000 spectators showed there was still interest in these winter activities.
  • Craig O. Burt fixes up his old logging camp in Ranch Valley into ski accommodations. He retained his lumberjack cook, George Campbell, as chef and manager. “Ranch Camp” would operate through the 1949-50 season.
  • Perry Merrill instructs the Civilian Conservation Corps (under the direction of Charlie Lord) to cut trails on Mt. Mansfield.

1933-1934

  • In December 1933, a group of C.C.C. boys had finished cutting the Bruce Trail on Mt. Mansfield. The four and a half mile trail ran from near the top of the Toll Road down to near Ranch Camp. The trail was named for an old lumberjack that had operated in that area for many years.
  • Craig Burt, Frank Griffin and other local skiing enthusiasts felt that the Stowe Ski Club needed to shift focus to downhill skiing on the mountain from cross-country skiing in and around town. So the Stowe Ski Club was reorganized and formally incorporated on January 16, 1934 as the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club. By-laws specify purpose as “The objects of the club are to provide, maintain, and improve skiing facilities in the Mt. Mansfield region of Vermont; to assist members in obtaining the most enjoyment from these facilities; to further the technical skill of members; to promote ski competitions; and, generally, to cultivate an interest in skiing”.
  • Frank Griffin is elected the Club’s first President, and Ranch Camp becomes the Club’s first headquarters.
  • The Bruce Trail saw it’s, and Mt. Mansfield’s, first “down mountain” race February 11, 1934. It was MMSC vs. Roland Palmedo’s N.Y. Amateur Ski Club. Jack Allen of Burlington won in 10 minutes and 48 seconds for the 3.5 mile course. Charlie Lord was second, followed by Craig Burt, Jr. in third.
  • The first “sanctioned” race at Mt. Mansfield is held on the Bruce Trail on February 25. Dick Durrance is the winner by more than a minute. He also won the slalom and jumping held in town.
  • MMSC board directs Craig Burt, Frank Griffin and Charles Lord to begin looking at forming a volunteer ski patrol along the lines of what Roland Palmedo had seen in Switzerland.
  • In Woodstock, Vermont, the nation’s first rope tow is built. First skier is Bob Bourdon.

1934-1935

  • Abner W. Coleman produces the Club’s first publication, the “Mt Mansfield Ski Club Bulletin”. Volume 1, Number 1, appeared on January 25, 1935.
  • MMSC hires Jim Trachier (of Hanover, NH) as first ski instructor. Trachier is a former cross-country ski racing and ski jumping titleholder. Rates for 10 lessons are $4 adults and $3 juniors.
  • The Nose Dive trail (originally laid out by MMSC directors Charlie Lord and Abner Coleman) is cut and would soon become one of the most famous trails in the annals of down-mountain skiing. The old Chin Clip was also cut.
  • The chairman of the Club’s Jr. Competitions Committee, Howard Prestwich, organizes first inter-scholastic ski meet in Vermont. The Club would host every Vermont high school championship between 1935 and 1942. In 1939, the Vermont Headmasters Club would finally take responsibility for these races as one of its recognized activities.
  • The Amateur Ski Club of New York held their annual championship meet February 9-12. Forty-seven members arrived by train and competed in a four day program that included third class tests, down-mountain races, slalom races, and no-fall races.
  • Winter Carnival is held February 22-24. Downhill is held on Chin Clip, slalom and jumping events are held in Stowe village.
  • Construction begins on the Stone Hut. A wooden structure is completed for use during 1934-35 season.

1935-1936

  • Bill Mason is elected Club president.
  • Stowe hosted the first sanctioned race on Nose Dive on February 23, the Eastern Downhill and Slalom Championships. Bob Bourdon descends 1-3/4 mile trail in 2 minutes, 35 seconds. The race was sponsored by the Amateur Ski Club of NY.
  • MMSC appointed Charlie Lord and Craig Burt Sr. to be the Mt Mansfield Ski Patrol leaders. Both men obtained their Red Cross First Aid certification and then implemented a rule that to be a member of the MMSP, one had to first obtain the proper certification.
  • A warming hut was built at the Toll House. This would eventually serve as the Club’s second headquarters. The Toll House was under the management of the Club Director Frank Griffin.
  • The Nose Dive ski appeared on the market. One of a line of Snow Sport skis; it was manufactured by the Derby & Ball Co. of Waterbury, Vermont.
  • The Club’s popular ski instructor, Jim Trachier, is back for a second year.
  • Charles Minot (”Minnie”) Dole breaks ankle on the Toll Road.
  • The Stone Hut was completed.
  • The Lodge opens for its first winter season. Dr. Ernst Wagner is hired to instruct guests.

1936-1937

  • Wesley Pope, of Jeffersonville, constructs first Stowe rope-tow (1,000 ft.) at Toll House in October. Due to poor snow conditions, commercial operations begins on February 7th. The T-bar was powered by a 1927 Cadillac engine. Fifty cents bought an all-day ticket and for $5.00 the skier could ride it all season.
  • In December of 1936, Sepp Ruschp arrived from Linz, Austria. He was hired by the Club to teach skiing at the Toll House.
  • Vermont State Downhill Championship is held on the Nose Dive.
  • February 22, 1937 – The Eastern Downhill Championships transferred to the Nose Dive due to lack of snow at Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts. The race was won by Dartmouth’s Jack Durrance. An estimated 10,000 spectators and 3,000 cars were on hand for the event, and it was reported to be after midnight before the local and state police were able to untangle the traffic jam on the mountain road.
  • Jacques Charmoz, 1935-36 French Olympic Team member, is hired to instruct guests at The Lodge.
  • At least 12 toboggans are placed by the Club on various trails at strategic spots.
  • Nose Dive is designated by the USEASA as one of the four official time-trial courses in New England.
  • First chairlift in world installed in December at Sun Valley.

1937-1938

  • The Stowe community organizes the Stowe-Mansfield Association to handle the commercial phases of winter sports like accommodations and transportation that are outside the Club’s jurisdiction.
  • Sepp Ruschp brings wife, Hermine, back from Austria. They reside at the Toll House, which is the headquarters for the Mt. Mansfield Ski School under his direction. Edi Euller, who is also an Austrian state qualified instructor, serves as Sepp’s assistant in charge of the Underhill branch of the school.
  • Jacques Charmoz returns to The Lodge to instruct guests for a second season.
  • Frank Griffin opens a second rope tow (2,500 ft.) behind the present base lodge at Mt. Mansfield (lower North Slope area). He establishes the Mt. Mansfield Ski School, with Willi Benedict, Herta Richter, Henry Simoneau, Andy Ransome instructing.
  • Stowe hosts Men’s National Championships on March 5-6 (1,800 spectators are on hand). Ulrich Beutter, from the University of Garmisch, is the DH and Combined champion. Dick Durrance is 2nd in the downhill with Walter Prager in 3rd. Ed Meservey is first in the slalom, followed by Dick Durrance and Ulrich Beutter. (Sepp raced, fell and dislocated ankle and finished 14th)
  • The first ever Women’s National Championships in U.S. are held at Mt. Mansfield on April 9-10. Marian “Sis” McKean wins the women’s downhill and Grace Lindley of Sun Valley wins the slalom. 13-year old Stowe native by the name of Marilyn Shaw finishes 11th in the slalom.
  • With the coming of the National Races on the Nose Dive, people from across the U.S. were so impressed by the level of the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol professionalism that Charles “Minnie” Dole and Roger Langley agreed to use the MMSP as the model on which to build the entire National Ski Patrol System.
  • “Frenchy” replaces George Campbell as Ranch Camp caretaker.
  • The (old) Perry Merrill trail and the Steeple trail were completed in fall of 1937. The original Perry Merrill trail was an experimental glades trail – first of its kind.

1938-1939

  • Management of Ranch Camp is taken over for the Burt Company by Tremaine Conkling and his wife Bertha. Rates, per person, for food and lodging are $3.00 per day for the Tempi, Stem and Telemark cabins or $2.50 per day for the Igloo Club members get ten percent discount.
  • The Mt. Mansfield Ski Club at the close of its sixth season has a total membership of 243, about one-third of which is from outside of Vermont.
  • Fifteen toboggan caches are installed by C.C.C.
  • The Club organizes a ski team, and agrees to pay entry fees for the eight members that registered for the team.
  • Eastern men’s Downhill, Slalom and Combined Championships held on Nose Dive.
  • Electric timer used on Nose Dive race – a first – supplied by Dartmouth.
  • The first Sugar Slalom was held April 30, on the Nose Dive trail. 57 competitors compete on a course set by Sepp Ruschp from top of the “Corridor” to the Houghton Trail. Milton Hutchinson (MMSC) and Marian McKean are the winners.

1940s

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.

1939-1940

  • Charlie Lord elected MMSC president.
  • Charlie Lord directs the cutting of the Midway, S-53 (named after the C.C.C. Company S-53), and Lord trails.
  • The Octagon was built.
  • Stowe’s Marilyn Shaw (at age 16) wins the National Combined Championship in Sun Valley. She was selected for the 1940 Olympic Team, but the games were cancelled due to WWII.
  • Anne Cook (a.k.a, Nose Dive Annie) is named alternate to the 1940 Olympic Team.
  • A Nose Dive record of 2 min. 17.6 sec. was established by Milton Hutchinson (MMSC) in the Vermont Downhill Championship on March 16, 1940. Wendell Cram and Stevia Korzon, both of the Otter Ski Club are combined champions.
  • Sugar Slalom held on April 28, was one of the largest races in the country (162 competitors). Sugar on snow provided for first time. Bob Meservey (DOC) and Marilyn Shaw (MMSC) are winners.

1940-1941

  • Second single chair in the East (and first in Vermont) officially opened to the public on December 9, 1940, with “Nose Dive Annie”, wife of lift Vice President James N. Cooke, its first official rider. It was the longest and highest in the U.S., and the cost was 60 cents per ride on weekdays, 75 cents per ride on weekends (MMSC members getting a 10 percent discount).
  • Marilyn Shaw wins the National Slalom Championship at Aspen. Marilyn and her sister Barb win about everything in the East from 1939 to 1942.
  • Vermont State Downhill held on February 2nd, and Sugar Slalom held on April 26-27.
  • The Sepp Ruschp Ski School, sponsored by the Ski Club, commences its third season at the Toll House. The staff of instructors includes Otto Hollaus, Kerr Sparks, Lionel Hayes, Howard Moody, Everett Bailey, Clem Curtis, and Norman Richardson.
  • With the opening of the new single chair, Fritz Kramer was hired as MMSP’s first paid patrolman. Kramer lived in the Stone Hut but came down once each week for supplies and a shower.
  • State Shelter (Mt. Mansfield Base Lodge) was completed by the C.C.C.
  • Early thaw forces cancellation of Sugar Slalom.

1941-1942

  • Dan Ryder replaces Charlie Lord as president of MMSC.
  • The Club forms Trail Committee and organized meetings with the Lift Company and the Stowe-Mansfield Association and made plans to raise money for much needed trail conditioning.
  • The Skimeister trail was opened. The trail saw the onset of the Ski Meister races – forerunner to today’s ski bum races. Races are run every Thursday afternoon and are sponsored by George Morrell of The Lodge and Sepp Ruschp. Gold, silver and bronze pins are awarded by the sponsors.
  • The first Mansfield Merry-Go-Round (4 downhill races in 2 days), was uncorked in March by Howard Prestwich. Bob Meservey, Dartmouth jackrabbit, toted the fastest aggregate time on the four downhill races, and Marilyn Shaw was first in the women’s division. The Nose Dive, Chin Clip, Bruce and Steeple provided a stern test of downhill racing under widely different snow conditions.
  • The Eastern Downhill Championships are held on Nose Dive.
  • Henry Simoneau (MMSC) and Marilyn Shaw (MMSC) win Sugar Slalom.
  • Mr. & Mrs. William Henderson take over management of Ranch Camp.
  • C.C.C. disbanded in January 1942.

1942-1943

  • Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into the war leads MMSC to suspend operations, although it maintains a small volunteer ski patrol.
  • Sepp Ruschp spends the war years as a flight instructor in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
  • Many of Stowe’s male skiers join the 10th Mountain Infantry Division, including Kerr Sparks, Clem Curtis, Norman Richardson, and Ev Bailey.
  • The von Trapp family came to Stowe and built their first lodge.

1943-1944

  • Cornelius V. Starr arrived on the scene and envisioned more improvements to the Mt. Mansfield facilities.
  • The Lift operates on the same reduced wartime schedule as the previous winter – 10 to 12 and 1 to 3:30 on weekdays, except Wednesday when it is closed; and 10 to 4:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
  • As was the policy of the previous winter, the Club activities were carried on insofar as possible, with the exception of competitions. Erwin Lindner, honorably discharged mountain trooper, had solo job of patrolling the mountain during the week days.
  • Service members received complimentary Club membership.

1944-1945

  • Abner W. Coleman replaces Dan Ryder as president of MMSC.
  • CV Starr returns to Mt. Mansfield for the greater part of the 1944-45 ski season, and like many others, becomes impatient with the long lift lines for the one and only chairlift. He pledges to put up 51 percent of the funds needed for another lift (Mt. Mansfield T-bar in 1946), and begins partnership with Sepp Ruschp. A new company, Smugglers Notch Lift Co. was formed to construct and operate the new lift.
  • The Stowe Derby was conceived by Erling Strom, Rolf Holtvedt, Knud Andersen and Sepp Ruschp while brushing trails. Originally a race for skiers over 35 years. The first race was won by Sepp Ruschp.
  • The Stowe-Mansfield Association has been reorganized and new by-laws adopted, and an office has been established in Stowe to administer such details as information, accommodations and transportation.
  • Sepp Ruschp has the following instructors on his staff this winter: Bob Bourdon, Bob Deforest, Joan Sparks and Mary Mather. Operates branch out of Toll House and the State Lodge at the foot of the Lift.

1945-1946

  • The first general meeting of the Club since the fall of 1942 was held in Stowe on the evening of May 25, 1945.
  • Stowe-Standard Races are inaugurated. Weekly citizen downhill race run (by Ski School) each Wednesday at 12:30 pm.
  • The Smugglers Notch Lift Company opens 4,000 foot T-bar, serving Tyro, North Slope, Standard, and Gulch.
  • Sepp Ruschp wins second Stowe Derby.
  • The Club’s race program includes the Eastern Downhill Championships, Mt. Mansfield Merry-Go-Round (downhill), Mt. Mansfield – Stowe Derby, and the Sugar Slalom.
  • Sugar Slalom cancelled due to poor snow conditions.
  • Club members who fell in World War II are Richard Austin, A.R. Crathorne, William Ricker, Claude Rossi, and James Stevens.

1946-1947

  • Erling Strom wins Stowe Derby.
  • With a view to providing activities for junior skiers, the Club inaugurates a tentative program of events designed to interest the younger skiers in the area. In charge of the program is Langdon Cummings of Barre, John Moody of Montpelier, and Roger Burke, physical education director at Stowe High School.
  • Mansfield Hotel Company acquires 3,000 acres on Spruce Peak from the Burt Company in the fall of 1947.
  • State Ski Dorm opens.

1947-1948

  • Luther Booth succeeds Abner Coleman as President of MMSC.
  • Otto Ruuskanan wins the Stowe Derby.
  • The first Vic Constant Memorial downhill race is held on the Lord and Standard trails, starting at the Octagon. Kalle Nergaard wins the trophy donated by Lowell Thomas. The race was dedicated to Victor Constant, well known in Stowe and one-time club member, who was killed training for the U.S. Nationals.
  • Seventy boys and girls between 12 and 17 years old, from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut participated in the Club’s second annual junior invitation meet on March 20. The event consisted of downhill, slalom, and cross country.

1948-1949

  • Roger Adams was President.
  • CV Starr and Ruschp form the Mt. Mansfield Company and acquire all interests at the mountain, and begin a significant expansion.
  • Roland Palmedo, disenchanted with the commercial growth at Stowe, sells his interests at Mt. Mansfield and moves a ways down Route 100 to develop another ski area – Mad River Glen.
  • Erling Strom wins Stowe Derby, and Robert Bourdon wins second Vic Constant Memorial
  • The Eastern Downhill Championships are held on Nose Dive.
  • Ski School with 12 instructors with Kerr Sparks in charge.

1950s

The war had ended, skiing continued to boom. Spruce Peak opened. C.V. Starr brings the world’s best alpine racers to Mount Mansfield in a series of unprecedented American International Races. MMSC starts junior skiing program.

1949-1950

  • A new Toll House was built and East and West Slope at Little Spruce constructed, serviced by two rope tows in tandem.
  • George Morrell sells The Lodge to the Mt. Mansfield Hotel Company, Sepp Ruschp-General Manager.
  • With the purchase of the controlling interest of the Mt. Mansfield Chair Lift by the Mt. Mansfield Hotel Company over the past summer, certain new policies were established. One was the interchangeability of T-Bar, Chair Lift and Rope Tow tickets.
  • George Macomber breaks Nose Dive record at the Eastern Championships. Christian Pravda (AUT) wins the Combined (previous mark was established by Milton Hutchinson in 1940).
  • Olavi Alakupti wins Stowe Derby.
  • Rudy Nelson wins Vic Constant Memorial
  • Dave Lawrence and Andrea Mead (Lawrence) are Sugar Slalom winners.
  • Last year of operation of Ranch Camp.

1950-1951

    • Charlie Blauvelt, as MMSC President, pushed membership to 500.
    • Our club logo was designed by Frank Springer-Miller and all wore their badges proudly. All members dressed in green, and painted skis green with MMSC logo stenciled in yellow.
    • Slope at Spruce is widened and a new T-Bar Lift is installed. This new lift, the latest design of the John A. Roebling and Sons Co., has a capacity of 800 skiers an hour.
    • Ski School instructors, Pepi Gabl and Karl Fahrner, were coaching.
    • The women’s Eastern Combined Championships were held, with MMSC’s Ginny Hunt and Helen McLeod placing 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
    • Stowe hosts National Junior Downhill and Slalom Championships February 10-11.

 

  • Ray Harlow wins Stowe Derby. Charlie Lord is first in the veteran’s class.
  • Verne Goodwin wins Vic Constant Memorial.
  • Otto Linher (MMSC) and Madi Springer-Miller (MMSC) win Sugar Slalom.

1951-1952

  • The Junior Skiing Committee launches a school ski program (known today as the school “Friday Program”).
  • Nose Dive is extended to the top of the Nose to give an additional 500 feet of vertical drop for present total of just over 2,500 feet, which is required for the up-coming National championships.
  • MMSC hosted 1952 National Downhill, Slalom and Combined Championships. Ernie McCulloch (Mt. Tremblant) wins the downhill while Jack Reddish takes the slalom and the combined. MMSC’s Pepi Gabl is second in slalom, and Chic Igaya is third. Andrea Mead Lawrence wins all events for the women. Lena Gale (3rd DH, 2nd SL, and 3rd Combined), Ann Shaw (4th DH, 5th Combined), and Madi Springer-Miller (5th DH, 3rd SL, and 4th Combined) produce excellent results for the ski club.
  • C.V. Starr and Sepp Ruschp invite the medalists from the 1952 Olympics to compete at the U.S. Nationals at Mt. Mansfield. Among those invited include Othmar Schneider and Stein Erickson.
  • Dave Hazelett and Dave Partridge develop the first electronic finish-line eye to be used in American racing.
  • Local star Lena Gale won Eastern GS final and was sent to Europe to train by C.V. Starr.
  • Madi Springer-Miller is named to the 1952 Olympic Team.
  • The millionth skier on the single chair, Pat Sweetser of Cambridge, MA, was given a lifetime season pass, ski lessons, ski weekend, and $50 gift certificate.
  • Tom Corcoran wins Vic Constant Memorial
  • No Stowe Derby was held.
  • Doug Burden (MIDD) and Madi Springer-Miller (MMSC) win Sugar Slalom.
  • MMSP ends relationship with NSP organization [or was 1959? need to confirm]

1952-1953

  • Dwight “Ted” Means became Club President.
  • MMSC hosts U.S. Nationals Giant Slalom in conjunction with the North American Championships. Many of the top European racers attend, with Stein Eriksen (NOR) and Andrea Meade Lawrence (USA) taking top honors.
  • The 6th Vic Constant Memorial race is held on January 18. MMSC’s Othmar Schneider is 1st, and Karl Fahrner 3rd.
  • No Stowe Derby was held.
  • The Sugar Slalom becomes a 2-day event due to large numbers of entries in the previous year. The first day is a qualifying day.

1953-1954

  • MMSC celebrates 20th Anniversary, Charlie Daly president.
  • Marvin Moriarty wins Eastern Junior Slalom and Combined and he and Billy Woods head west to the U.S. Junior Nationals. Marvin was injured but Billy was 2nd in the combined.
  • Chiharu Igaya of Dartmouth wins the Sugar Slalom in the spring. He was a protégé of C.V. Starr, who trained regularly in Stowe.
  • Dave Cassidy is the winner of the Stowe Derby.
  • Karl Fahrner wins Vic Constant Memorial race.

1954-1955

  • The Big Spruce Double Chair opened on December 18th. This was the first double chair (and highest capacity lift) in the U.S. at that time. (need to confirm)
  • Stowe hosts second American International races. Anderl “Blitz from Kitz” Molterer of Austria wins men’s GS and Slalom. Andrea Mead Lawrence wins women’s GS and Slalom.
  • MMSC skier and engineer Bill Hazelett develops the “Stowe Safety Binding” – one of the first releasable bindings.
  • Martin Strolz is winner of the 8th Vic Constant Memorial race.
  • Billy Woods wins the Sugar Slalom.

1955-1956

  • Spruce House was built as well as the Toll House T-bar.
  • Marvin Moriarty was chosen for the U.S. Olympic Team, the youngest at 17. Two weeks prior to the Olympics, he breaks his ankle in the Hannenkahm downhill race at Kitzbuhel, Austria.
  • 17-year-old Billy Woods wins the U.S. National Downhill and Combined Championship and is second in the slalom at Squaw Valley to cap off a successful season. He also wins the USEASA Jr. Title, Ryan Cup, New England Kandahar, Blackwater SL and the Sugar Slalom.
  • Egil Stigum wins Vic Constant Memorial
  • Without any “big” race events on the 1956 race program, the Club puts their energy into “Carnival Weekend” on March 10-11th. The Club plans many events: Club Championships (150 entrants, Roger Page, and Madi Springer-Miller are winners), Obstacle Course (Billy Woods is winner), Exhibition Slalom (Chic Igaya triumphs), and several other events.
  • A new publication of the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club is available in Stowe: STOWE GUIDE AND DIRECTORY, A Complimentary Service for Old and New Friends of Stowe Skiing. (Another first for the Club!) The STOWE GUIDE is presented free to all guests at inns and lodges in Stowe. It is compiled and edited by Frank Springer-Miller, a Director and Vice President of the MMSC.

1956-1957

  • The Mt. Mansfield Company sets new lift tickets rates: $6.50 per day and $150 per season. Club members paid $5.50 per day or $135 per season.
  • A 40 meter ski jump was constructed in Ranch Valley about a half a mile from the bottom of Harlow Hill, with hopes to add 70 meter hill in the future. Mt. Mansfield Company gave the Club a lease on the land and contributed two bulldozers (at cost). George Kurronen, one time Finnish jumper, was the main spark for the jump.
  • MMSC’s rising star Billy Woods wins the tenth and final Vic Constant Memorial DH and SL race. A few months later he is killed in a car accident.
  • Madi Springer-Miller is U.S. National Women’s Combined Champion.
  • Jack Shearer and Paul Sutton led 59 club members on first MMSC charter flight to Europe.
  • Bob Bourdon is the Club DH Champion, which was held down the Toll Road and Lord as snow conditions did not permit the use of the Sterling Trail.
  • Gary Vaughn (Norwich) and Helen Wichowsky (MMSC) win Sugar Slalom.

1957-1958

  • Gale Shaw replaces Charles Daly as Club President.
  • Sepp Ruschp is awarded the American Ski Trophy, presented annually by the G.H. Bass Company to the individual who has played a leading role in the development of skiing in America.
  • Charles Daly becomes President of USEASA.
  • The first annual Stowe Cup replaces the Vic Constant Memorial Race on the event schedule, and is dedicated to Billy Woods. Bill Beck wins the Downhill event which was run on the newly finished Smuggler’s Trail.
  • Eastern DH, SL and Alpine Championships held February 28th – March 1st.
  • Billy Kidd selected to the National Junior Team.
  • Sally Deaver wins FIS World Championships silver medal in giant slalom at Bad Gastein, Austria.
  • The MMSC Gala weekend featured the Club downhill on Sterling trail, torchlight parade and huge party with music by Bob Bourdon.
  • Gary Vaughn (Norwich) and Renie Cox (Middlebury) win Sugar Slalom.

1958-1959

  • Club membership reaches nearly 2,000.
  • Sepp Ruschp appointed organizer for 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley.
  • Ed McMahon provides MMSC with a 9 passenger station wagon at cost, for a raffle to raise money for the U.S. Olympic Team Fund.
  • MMSC funds to send seven “Class A” racers out west to compete in Olympic tryout races. (Tom Corcoran, Marvin Moriarty, Tom Perry, Jim Laird, Art Brietsprecher, Sally Deaver, and Gretchen W.) This program pays off since every major race held in the East thus far this season has been won by a member of the MMSC.
    • Orvis Cup (Bromley) – Othmar Schneider
    • Stowe Cup – Class A Tom Corcoran, Class B Kurt Reichelt
    • Gibson Cup (North Conway) – Tom Corcoran, Sally Deaver
    • USEASA Giant Slalom – Sally Deaver
    • Fisk Trophy (Suicide Six) – Tom Corcoran, Sally Deaver
    • Ryan Cup (Mt Tremblant) – Marvin Moriarty
  • Club hosts the 1959 Vermont State Championship races. Buddy Werner and Betsy Snite are overall winners. MMSC results: Tom Corcoran (3rd), Tony Perry (9th), Marvin Moriarty (16th), James Laird (17th), and Kurt Reichelt (35th).

1960s

This decade brought the fame of the MMSC to new heights. MMSC skiers won Olympic medals.  The world’s very best skiers came to race in Stowe. “Citizen racing” began, later to evolve into today’s ski bum racing. More lifts, more trails and even a gondola came to Stowe.

1959-1960

  • John Flint became Club president. Charles Black and Dave Partridge are Vice Presidents, and Peter Dresser is Treasurer. Paul Biedermann began as permanent Secretary of the Club.
  • The Northern Vermont Junior Council (NVC) is formed and included MMSC, Smugglers, Lyndonville and Jay Peak. This council will promote team skiing competition for children in age bracket 8 through 13. MMSC wins the boys team title.
  • Members may now purchase lift tickets at the Ski Club office, which was moved to Spruce House at the Little Spruce area.
  • MMSC again offers two-day race training clinics.
  • Betsy Snite (later to take up residence in Stowe), won the slalom silver medal at the Squaw Valley Olympics. She was also 4th in the giant slalom. Tom Corcoran, racing for MMSC, was 5th in the giant slalom.
  • Marvin Moriarty won the Stowe Cup, Billy Kidd was third.
  • The Austrians swept the men’s American International races held in Stowe on March 11-13. Betsy Snite was second overall.
  • Rip McManus wins Sugar Slalom in 54.8 seconds. MMSC’s Les Streeter 2nd, Jim Laird 4th, and Marvin Moriarty 5th.  Marsha Fletcher (Pico) wins women’s race.  MMSC’s Judy Butler is 6th, and Patty Harrington 7th.

1960-1961

  • The Mt. Mansfield double chair opened in December, as well as new trails named Centerline, Hayride, International (later changed to Starr), and Chamois (later Goat).
  • Marvin Moriarty retired Mt. Tremblant’s Ryan Cup. Billy Kidd was 2nd, Les Streeter 3rd, and Rip McManus 4th – a sweep for MMSC!
  • MMSC scheduled to host National Junior Alpine Championships in March, but races were moved to Sugarloaf due to poor snow conditions in Stowe.
  • MMSC membership dues for the 1960-61 season:
    • Senior – $8.50
    • Husband & Wife: $12.50
    • Family Junior – $2.00
    • Junior – $3.00
  • Stowe conducts Junior Race Training Program on January 14-15th. Council tryouts are held on Jan 14th to select team. Girls Team: Cathy Harrington, Terry Taplin, Janice Miller and Christie Ruschp. Boys Team: John Nichols, Chris Bryan, Ricky Bourdon, Pete White, John Deves and Wyman Flint.
  • Skip Bryan, 16, of Stowe, Vt., wins the boys’ Junior National Slalom in 1:29.4 for the half-mile, 50-gate course at Pinkham Notch, NH.
  • Sepp Ruschp elected president of the National Ski Association.
  • The Stowe-Mansfield Association is changed to Stowe Area Association.

1961-1962

  • The weekly Little Spruce Giant Slalom was started on Wednesday afternoons – 50 cents entry. Two gold (Rigo Thurmer and Malcolm George), 37 silver, and 29 bronze pins awarded.
  • Billy Kidd was racing FIS in Europe, Patty Harrington and Skip Bryan at Junior Nationals. Billy, Skip and Peter Ruschp were summer racing and winning in Chile. Rip was in the Army but training in Colorado with the U.S. Team.
  • Marvin Moriarty turns professional.
  • First women enter Stowe Derby [SMR timeline].

1962-1963

  • The Little Spruce Chair began service to new East Run, West Run, and Side Street.
  • Pat Daly coordinates coaching MMSC Junior Program, and is named Eastern Jr. Alpine Chairman. JI&II program fees are $30, while JIII&IV fees are $10.
  • Nor-Am Championships &a Olympic Tryout races are held on March 8-10. GS and SL held on National, DH on Nose Dive. Rip McManus (U.S. Army) wins GS. Marsha Fletcher (KSC) win GS and SL. Gordie Eaton wins SL and DH. Sandy Bower (MMSC) wins women’s DH.
  • In the Stowe Cup, Billy Kidd led the way with strong individual placing by Gordi Eaton, Peter Ruschp, Roger Buchika (also MMSC’s) and Skip Bryan.
  • Patti Harrington won the Vt. Junior Alpine Championships and qualified for the Nationals.
  • The MMSC’s Billy Kidd and Rip McManus were both named to the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team in Innsbruck.
  • Membership in club reaches 4,200.

1963-1964

  • Space formerly occupied by the Club office, in Spruce House is transformed into an Austrian Stuberl. New Ski Club building, shared with Ski Patrol, is located at the foot of the SL Hill.
  • Pat Daly and Jim Walker (JIII & IV) are coaching the Jr. Program.
  • Louise Sparks, Ron Biedermann, Ken Biedermann, Dave Hazelett, Ray Rossi, Dave Tuholski, Matt Lukens, Dennis Lukens, and Todd Buik are named to the Northern Vermont Council JIII & IV All-Star Team.
  • Rosie Fortna, Terry Taplin, Ricky Skinger, Cathy Harrington, and John Nichols are named to the JI & II Vermont Team, and competed at the Easterns at Sugarloaf. Rosie and Terry make Eastern Team and head off to the Jr. National Alpine Championships at Alpine Meadows California.
  • Patty Harrington and Roger Buchika won Orvis Trophy.
  • Billy Kidd took silver in the Innsbruck’s Olympic Slalom – only 0.14 seconds behind Austria’s Pepi Stiegler. Jimmy Heuga was the bronze medalist. Those were the first American alpine medals in Olympic history. Bob Beattie praises Rip’s contribution and effort. Billy also took bronze in the combined.
  • After Stowe’s celebratory parade, a post-Olympic race was held. Billy Kidd and Jr. Rebel Ryan were 1st and 2nd in GS, Buddy Werner the DH winner, Italy’s Pia Riva and Jean Soubert won the women’s events – all filmed by CBS.
  • Billy Kidd wins Aspen’s Roch Cup.
  • Moriarty wins International Pro Ski Race to become first American male to beat Europeans in 44 years.
  • Rebel Ryan (Killington) wins Stowe Cup.
  • The up and coming Cochran kids dominated the junior Sugar Slalom results.

1964-1965

  • Shamus Daly and Frank Alling coaching the JIII&IVs.
  • Rosie Fortna and Gordi Eaton took Stowe Cup combined honors. The slalom was held on Spruce Peak and a giant slalom was held on Lift Line on Mt. Mansfield.
  • The State of Vermont honors Billy, Betsy, and Andrea Mead Lawrence with a float in Inaugural Parade.
  • Billy Kidd wins second Aspen Roch Cup.
  • Erica “Ricky” Skinger wins Vt. Junior Championships on February 13–14, leading the field by 1.5 seconds in the downhill over favored Marilyn Cochran of Madonna Ski Club. She later goes on to win the Eastern Downhill Championships by 7.73 seconds. Bucky Doria (Kimball) is boys combined winner.
  • The 26th Sugar Slalom has 380 participants, up from 330 in 1960, the record high. Tom Easton (Middlebury) won and Skip Bryan was 2nd. Marilyn Cochran is first for the girls, with Rosie Fortna in second.

1965-1966

  • Bill Harrington became Club President.
  • Trowbridge Elliman takes over publication of Club newsletter from Luther Booth.
  • In preparation for the upcoming 1966 U.S. Alpine Championships, the Nose Dive was straightened – the 7 turns became 3 – all for FIS approval and groom-ability.
  • Billy Kidd wins Buddy Werner Award given to the outstanding USSA competitor who demonstrated leadership and good sportsmanship in national or international competition.
  • Stowe hosts U.S. Alpine Championships – Marielle Goitschel and Guy Perillat on top, Jean Claude Killy was combined 2nd, and Jimmy Heuga was 3rd. 10,000 spectators, with CBS coverage hosted by Bob Beattie and Betsy Snite.
  • Ricky Skinger and the Cochran kids trained with U.S. Ski Team in Vail. Gordi Eaton was a USST Coach.
  • Duncan Cullman (Franconia) wins Stowe Cup.
  • 565 skiers compete in Sugar Slalom.

1966-1967

  • Ricky Skinger won the combined championship at the Junior Nationals, held on her home hill winning the Nose Dive downhill by 1.32 seconds.
  • Weezie Sparks scorched the Vermont Junior field, with slalom and GS victories. As a result, both Weezie and Ricky were invited to train with the U.S. Team in Bend, Oregon, and Ricky went to Chile.
  • The first World Cup competitions staged. Credited with the Cup’s inception are U.S. Ski Team Coach Bob Beattie, French Ski Team Coach Honore Bonnet and French journalist Serge Lang. (Ski/R 1983 p.49)

1967-1968

  • Snowmaking comes to Little Spruce.
  • Billy Kidd was named to the Grenoble, France, Winter Olympic squad. He takes 5th in the giant slalom, 15th in the downhill and falls in the slalom.
  • Billy Kidd wins his third Aspen’s Roch Cup.
  • Racing in Europe, Ricky Skinger competed with Karen Budge (Eaton).
  • The MMSC Junior race program had new stars coming along, such as Cece Teague, Ron Biedermann, and Greg Bartlett. Along with Steve Murphy, Allison Teague and Sally Flory, they attended a U.S. junior camp coached by Gordi Eaton.
  • The Sugar Slalom is cancelled due to lack of snow.

1968-1969

  • The original gondola, the Cliff House, and new trails opened in November.
  • Rip McManus stars as “Bruce Devore” in the movie Downhill Racer also featuring Robert Redford.
  • International Alpine (F.I.S.) Ski Competition held at Stowe.
  • Tyler Palmer and Deb Flanders win final Stowe Cup.
  • C.V. Starr dies on December 20, 1968.

1970s

The decade of the seventies is best seen as the last era before innovation really took hold in the sport of skiing. The club continued to see success as its best athletes competed successfully on the international stages of the Olympics, the FIS World Championships and the new World Cup. Freestyle skiing came to Stowe as well as professional ski racing. The Ski Bum races began.

1969-1970

  • The Ski Club created the tax-exempt Mt. Mansfield Ski Educational Foundation to help fund racer development.
  • MMSC Junior III & IV team was led by Dia Elliman, who won the Vermont State Championships.
  • The “Hopeful” program began (for those not of the 15 allowed in the JIII & IV team); Scott Moriarty and Dani Shaw on the roster.
  • Henry Simoneau donated the famous “Smugglers Bowl” and the Ski Bum Race Series. Even Charlie Lord and his team of “Senior Citizens” raced.
  • Billy Kidd won the bronze medal in Slalom and gold in the Combined at the FIS World Championships in Val Gardena, Italy, in February.
  • Following the World Championships, Billy retires from the World Cup circuit to join the Pro Tour started by Bob Beattie. He wins the Pro tour championship, becoming the only skier to hold world titles on two circuits at once.
  • Billy wins USSA’s Buddy Werner Award. The award is for the outstanding U.S. competitor who demonstrates leadership and sportsmanship in national or international competition.
  • First running of CV Starr Trophy race is held in February. The Trophy, design by Bob Bourdon, was modeled after Billy Kidd. Tyler Palmer and Ann Black were the winners.
  • Tom Bryant won diamond Little Spruce GS pin, Mary Beth was the only previous winner.
  • Rosie Fortna wins Combined at U.S. Alpine Championships.

1970-1971

  • Billy Kidd, retires from racing after one Pro season, becomes “Director of Skiing” at Steamboat Springs.
  • Gordie Eaton is Head Coach.
  • Starr Trophy (DH and SL) is held on January 16-17. Caroline Oughton and Rod Taylor are overall winners.

1971-1972

  • Charles Black becomes Club President.
  • David Partridge built a new timer/printer for the club.
  • Peter Ruschp is Head Coach, and is assisted by Klaus Heidler (Austrian Jr. National coach), and Bernd Hecher.
  • Ron Biedermann and Greg Bartlett were on National squad racing Can-Am circuit and Ron won first slalom.
  • Lyndall Heyer won the Junior National slalom title at Glen Ellen.
  • Jeff Stone and Rick Dworshak were big in JIII & IV Championships.
  • Cece Teague wins the Aspen Roch Cup.
  • Rosie Fortna wins Buddy Werner Award.
  • Cary Adgate and Martha Coughlin win the Starr Trophy. The GS is held on Main Street.

1972-1973

  • Smugglers Bowl race got big and serious. Eric Oberg and Barbie Nash were the top contenders.
  • Billy Kidd came home and spent time coaching MMSC juniors.
  • Cece Teague wins second consecutive Roch Cup.
  • The annual dinner-dance was a sellout success with dancing to John Cassel & Band.
  • Charlie Black was honored for his service and Tom Amidon took over the Club presidency.
  • Club purchases new video equipment.
  • Dave Partridge develops timing system that will print elapsed time to the thousandths of a second, but also records in luminous digits and immediate readout.
  • Look/Beconta Championship Pro Race is held on March 2. Paul Reed is 7th.
  • The Starr Trophy is held on February 14-15, and also serves as Atlantic Regional Championships. Brian Vorse is combined winner, with Rodney Bicknell winning the GS, and Jerry McNealus winning the SL, both races held on Chin Clip.

1973-1974

  • Tom Amidon takes over as Club President.
  • Peter Ruschp is Head Coach.
  • Resort purchases two Thiokol packers. Modern grooming era is underway.
  • Geoff Bruce and Deb Tarinelli win Starr Trophy.

1974-1975

  • Ron Biedermann was named to U.S. “A” Team and Lyndall Heyer to the “B” Team.
  • The first Stowe Winter Carnival featuring the Wowzzer logo was held.
  • The coaching staff includes Peter Ruschp, Paul Reed, Chris Maxfield, Bob Bortree, and Julie Wolcott.
  • John Morrissey, Fraser Buchanan, Rick Dworshak, and Jeff Nichols spent all of August training in Bariloche, Argentina.
  • John Teague and Holly Flanders win the Starr Trophy race on March 13-14.
  • Freestyle championships held January 23-25.
  • Mt. Mansfield is host to the J3/4 Eastern Championships on March 22-23. Tiger Shaw is #1.

1975-1976

  • The Stowe Winter Carnival featured the “Colgate Freestyle Championships” with $80,000 in prize money, aired on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
  • The Equitable Ski America Classic was also a big event.
  • M.J. Shaw came to the Club as new Executive Secretary filling Paul Biedermann’s shoes.
  • Billy Kidd elected to the National Ski Hall of Fame.
  • Gale Driscoll becomes Stowe’s first full-time, paid woman patroller.

1976-1977

  • M.J. Shaw and Andrew Shaw made a clean sweep of the Equitable Ski Challenge in Park City and were written up in two national magazines.
  • Sepp Ruschp retired as President of the Mt. Mansfield Company – Verne Johnson came on board.
  • Starr Trophy race (the last) is held on Chin Clip on March 30. Pete Patterson and Jamie Kurlander are winners.

1977-1978

  • Steve Adams is new Club President.
  • The MMSC again won the Equitable Challenge at Snowbird – Chuck and Chuckie Baraw, Millie and Tee Bryant. Rona and Joanne Klein got trophies from Jack Fey and a trip to Sun Valley.
  • The U.S. Ski Team roster for 1977-78 included 7 MMSC racers. Heidi at 14 and Tiger at 15 are the two youngest on the roster. John Morrissey and Doug Powell were chosen to train in South America.
    • Ron Biedermann, A-Team
    • John Morrissey, D-Team
    • Doug Powell, D-Team
    • Tiger Shaw, D-Team
    • Lyndall Heyer, D-Team
    • Joanne Henry, D-Team
    • Heidi Knight, D-Team
  • On October 12, while training for the U.S. Team in Hintertux, Austria, Ron Biedermann was seriously injured. His life was saved by prompt air-lift and surgery and he returned to a New York hospital 3 weeks later.
  • Bart Bradford took over as Head Coach when Paul Reed retired.
  • Jesse Hunt and Beth Morrissey top the field at the JIII&IV Eastern Championships at Cranmore, NH.
  • Sepp Ruschp elected to National Ski Hall of Fame.
  • Fourth winter carnival held with World Pro Race. (SMR history timeline)

1978-1979

  • “The Fastest Damn Ski Club in the Whole U.S.” won the Grand Marnier Challenge Eastern Finals. Patti Knapp, Chuck Baraw, Trude Erhard, Tom Emmanuelson, Millie Bryant and Gerhard Schmidt – then went on to finals in Snowbird and the Championship.

1980s

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.

1979-1980

  • Paul Biedermann was honored for his 20 years of service as Executive Director of the MMSC. Steve Adams was serving as Club President.
  • A huge expansion of snow making occurred – 7 miles of cover. Lookout Double chair is installed. (First snow-making on Mt. Mansfield)
  • Main Street and North Slope approved for use in international competition by Willy Schaeffler, representative of the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS).
  • 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.
  • Mac MacInnis was the new Head Coach and Program Director. Bob Bortree and George Tormey were JI&II coaches, and Mark Hutchinson taking the JIIIs & IVs.
  • 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.
  • 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 1980 NCAA GS for the University of Vermont.
  • Stowe Derby was cancelled due to lack of snow.

1980-1981

  • Henry Simoneau retired as Mountain Manager after a great racing youth and Stowe ski instructor stint. He also served for many years as Chairman of the Club’s Race Committee.
  • After winning the Nor-Am Series, Tiger Shaw was named “Ski Racing’s Junior of the Year”.
  • Nor-Am slalom races held on February 10-11, on North Slope. Mark Tache and Hansi Standteiner are winners.
  • John Morrissey was at Middlebury, but still went to Europe with the USST prepping for World Cup races.
  • George Tormey takes over as Head Coach.
  • 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.

1981-1982

  • 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.

1982-1983

  • 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 barbecue 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 Stuberl for the awards party.
  • Stowe hosted its first Nor-Am race on the newly FIS-approved 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, Lee Lee Black and Jeff Lancaster.
  • The Mt. Mansfield Academy opened, a tutorial program, 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.
  • May 2 closing date marked latest closing in Stowe history.

1983-1984

  • 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 racers.
  • Tiger was named to the 1984 U.S. Ski Team and competed in Sarajevo with the whole family present. Then, at the NorAm’s, 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.
  • Masters 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, Ginny Hunt, and Dick Comey also raced to medals.
  • Former MMSC racer, Jesse Hunt, wins the Willy Schaeffler Award, given to the U.S. Combined winners at the USSA National Jr. II Olympics.

1984-1985

  • The Mountain Triple replaced the T-Bar and a new T-line trail was opened, with much new snow-making.
  • Sepp and Helen (Maxie) got married.
  • Season ticket purchasers no longer benefited from a MMSC discount, so membership lagged.
  • Tiger Shaw wins the Combined at the U.S. Alpine Championships.
  • Chip Knight wins hopeful dual slalom.

1985-1986

  • 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 high speed quad.
  • Nor-Am held on North Slope, December 10-11. Jim Read wins both GS races.
  • 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.
  • Marilyn (Shaw) McMahon elected to National Ski Hall of Fame.
  • Tiger Shaw wins Combined at the U.S. Alpine Championships. Wins Buddy Werner Award.

1986-1987

  • The quad was named the “Forerunner” and was zipping skiers to the top in no time.
  •  Tiger Shaw wins Combined at the U.S. Alpine Championships for third year.

1987-1988

  • Tom Amidon returned for a second stint as Club President.
  • Bob Sampson was new program director and Cindy Suplizio, Gregg Bartlett, Tom Sequist, Lew Barber, Tiania Adams, Adam Julius and Gayle Erdmann all were now part of the coaching staff.
  • Chip Knight (JIII) was the year’s recipient of the Jeff Stone Award. The Betsy Snite Award 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. He completed the season by winning the Combined at the U.S. Alpine Championships for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Leslie Thompson also represented Stowe in Calgary. She competed in 4 events, placing 25th in the 20K freestyle.

1988-1989

  • MMSEFI fundraising drive offered super season transferable passes and MMSC Anoralp parkas for big donors.
  • Bob Sampson is Head Coach. Tiania Adams, Adam Julius and Tom Sequist are added to the coaching staff.
  • “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
  • Snowboarding was allowed on the mountain.

1990s

The scope of the MMSC in the 1990s 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.

1989-1990

  • Sepp Ruschp died in June and hundreds celebrated his life at a memorial service at the top of the gondola.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 NCAA Championships were held on the Nose Dive, 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 50th Anniversary of that event, and a new MMSC scoreboard at Little Spruce was dedicated to M.J. Shaw for her devotion to the club.
  • The Club’s squad of Ski Bums (Lee Lee 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.
  • The new bigger and faster Gondola went up – the smaller came down (need to confirm the year). Improved snow-making occurred and winch-cat procured.
  • The MMSC hosted the Telemark Nationals, the Seagrams Pro-Am Cup and the Carnival Wintermeister events.
  • Al Coppock took charge as Race Secretary with Kitty, Jody Tomlinson and Becky Graddock as timers.

1990-1991

  • The year marked the 40th Anniversary of the Junior Race Program, and Pascale Savard joined the Club staff.
  • The MMSC develops a Snowboard Training Program. John Percy won a spot on the U.S. snowboard Team. John Bennett and Thomas O’Brien had top results.
  • 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, highest and longest night skiing in the East. (Lindner)
  • The MMSC hosted the World Military Games (CISM) with top international racers. The rumor that Tomba was coming was false, but the field included Swiss World Cup stars Michael Von Gruenigen, and Peter Luescher.
  • Tiger Shaw wins Buddy Werner Award.

1991-1992

  • 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, Michele Patrick, Susan Amidon, and Kyle Lewis were also hired.
  • Bud Keene (record holder for the highest snowboard descent) was hired as Head Snowboard coach.
  • 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 (34th) in the 15k event.
  • New 8 passenger gondola installed in the fall of 1991.The mountain also improves snow-making and purchases first winch cat.

1992-1993

  • 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 60th.
  • At the World Championships in Japan, Erik Schlopy barely survived a horrendous crash (seen by all on TV) but was back skiing on the USST.
  • Briggs and Harper Phillips qualified for the World Cup opener in Park City.
  • Susan Larson led the nation in downhill (2nd in super G) for her age group.
  • Jay Ross replaced Adam Julius whose record JIII program sent 75% to States and 9 to the JIII 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.
  • The Club begins a Telemark program, and Shannon Arell was champion at the Telemark Nationals. Chris Rice places second.

1993-1994

  • Club is one of the first to adopt new computer based timing system (Split Second), by Geoff Elder, that not only times the race but also prepares the results.
  • The Mt. Mansfield Academy expanded its program under Tiania Adams and Lori Furrer at the Stowe School, with out-of-town students bunking with host families.
  • Jodie Bush was new JIV head coach, Julia Carson and Jong Cherryholmes snowboard coaches. 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 “Outstanding Master’s racer”.
  • Noted MMSC racer, Greg Bartlett was killed in an August accident.
  • 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, Harper Phillips, and former ski club member Erik Schlopy are named to the 1994 Olympic Team.

1994-1995

  • Hannah Kreizel and Nelson Riley returned as top JIVs under Coach 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 Graham Furlong (Jeff Stone)

1995-1996

  • Our new Clubhouse was started at the former Big Spruce Lodge and all lockers and junior race equipment moved to the basement space.
  • MMSEFI Scholarships were founded in memory of Charlie Black, Club President in the early 1970s and an MMSEFI founder.
  • Stephanie Long again won the Betsy Snite award, Tyler Barlow the Jeff Stone and most improved MMWA academic awards.
  • The MMSC set up a web site, created and maintained by Jim Revkin.
  • Enrollment doubled at the MMWA, testament to their fine program.
  • Claudine Safar and Tom Sequist were added to the JI & IIs coaching staff and 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.

1996-1997

  • Jay Ross and Mike Leach had a strong JIII girls’ team to coach, headed by Jay’s 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.

1997-1998

  • 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.
  • Former MMSC racer, Brooke Laundon, wins NCAA SL for Middlebury College.
  • Stowe kid Jimmy Moran competes in freestyle moguls at 1998 Nagano Olympic Games.

1998-1999

  • 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.

2000s

The first decade of the new century is full of promise for the club. The Mount Mansfield Winter Academy moves to a new home. New stars are representing the club on the World Cup alpine and snowboard circuits. The junior programs are loaded with young talent.

1999-2000

  • Lou Strong retired after long years and extreme hours as Executive Secretary and Office Manager. Marina Gisquet moved into her chair and Mary Beth Kreizel agreed to be Race Secretary.
  • An MMSC Freestyle Team was born.
  • Jay Ross left to follow his daughter Lauren’s career. Tom Silva adopted the JIIIs and Billy Reichelt the JIVs. Bob St. Pierre headed the Freestyle program.
  • Scott Moriarty, our Head Coach was named the VARA and the USSA Domestic Alpine Coach of the Year, after 20 years of coaching and hoping.
  • Kyle Clancy earned a top 5 World Cup Snowboard finish.
  • The World Military Ski Championships again were held (with biathlon at Camp Johnson.)
  • The Snowboard program blossomed and became a force in competition. Twenty five qualified for Nationals and Lauren Whalley got Gold twice, Shay Manning wins a bronze and silver, and Jake Blauvelt wins a gold medal. More Combined awards followed.
  • At the Alpine Nationals, many current athletes competed, but former MMSC Erik Schlopy starred with a first in slalom at Jackson Hole.
  • Lauren Ross is recipient of the VARA Ginny Hunt Scholarship, and is named to 1999-2000 VARA Team. Erik Schlopy wins Buddy Werner Award.
  • Matt Knittle wins 2000 NCAA giant slalom for the University of Vermont.
  • 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.

2000-2001

  • A new scholarship was created in memory of Wendy Nourjian, a ski club booster and founder of the Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy. Abi Copeland won the 2000 Founders Scholarship.
  • Olympian Steve Mahre came to support the teams in the Vermont Olympic Challenge. The Smallwood-Hazelett team captured the bronze.
  • The MMSEF dropped the “S” to become the Mt. Mansfield Educational Foundation, and the MMSC became the Mt. Mansfield Ski & Snowboard Club.
  • Bud Keane’s riders brought home 11 medals and 6 national titles from the Finals at Mammoth (Lauren Whalley earned gold and silver). Jenner Richards was chosen to coach at the FIS Junior Worlds in Austria.
  • The Director of the Mt. Mansfield Touring Center, John Higgins, died of cancer. The Stowe Derby was dedicated to him.
  • Bill Reichelt left to become the assistant coach at UVM, Jessica Reigle took over his JIVs. Joe Smith joined up as the Freestyle Head Coach. Bud Keane was named Jr. National Snowboard Team coach.
  • Chris Romano became Office Manager, while Mary Beth Kreizel stayed on as Event Secretary.
  • Walt Yusen, a long time member and club supporter, crippled by a degenerative disease, was honored in a surprise luncheon at the Commodore; friends established a fund for the Walt Yusen Award for the Best Club Volunteer.
  • The experienced freestyle skiers, Rachel Karkowski and Steve Wolbrom signed up with the MMSC team.
  • Former club members, Chip Knight took 2nd in the NorAm’s giant slalom and slalom standings and Erik Schlopy was on a roll with two World Cup GS silvers, and SG and SL victories at Nationals.
  • Snowboarders Lauren Whalley, Alex Scherbatsky and Jake Blauvelt were named to the Junior National Team – and the mountain got a Super-pipe dragon.
  • The Vermont Ski Museum was finally to be a reality on Stowe’s old Town Hall. Restoration of the building was progressing and a 2002 opening predicted.
  • Jessica Kelley is recipient of the VARA Ginny Scholarship. Hannah Kreizel is recipient of VARA Mickey Cochran Scholarship. Jessica Kelley, Lauren Ross, Tyler Barlow, Matt Knittle (UVM) named to 2000-2001 VARA Team.

2001-2002

  • Another Olympic year saw many MMSC athletes in Salt Lake City – as forerunners, coaches, and competitors. Bud Keane and Jesse Hunt coached, Lauren Whalley was half-pipe forerunner, and Chip Knight and Erik Schlopy raced. Chip was 12th in the slalom and Erik 14th.
  • Bish McGill, Linda Adams, and Tom Amidon were inductees to the MMEF Hall of Fame at a fun filled evening at Topnotch. Close to $13,000 was raised for the foundation.
  • At the annual team banquet, the biggest ever – MMEF awards were presented to Erik Gilbert, Sam Lukens, Kiki Rendall, Connor Moriarty, Olivia Caccavo, Anna Furney, Jack Reed, Chris Copeland, Tim Kelley and Charlie LaRosa.
  • The ski club acquired a new software program called Dartfish, which will provide new tools to analyze training and race video.
  • Work began on widening the Hayride to meet FIS specifications for homologation. The existing trail was no longer a candidate for major races.
  • The Club hosted its first sanctioned freestyle mogul competition, a big challenge for groomers. Our team fared well here and at many major events.
  • Jack Reed wins gold in Junior Olympic slalom, qualifies for Whistler Cup where he scores a top 10 result against the best JIIIs in the world.
  • Stephanie Peters and Amy Cochran are named to the Eastern Team. James Cochran, Matt Knittle (UVM) named to 2001-2002 VARA Team.

2002-2003

  • The Mansfield Ski & Snowboard Club adopted a new logo that reflects its larger program.
  • The new Hayride (the steepest race trail in the East) opened to all, with Eastern Cup races scheduled.
  • Ron Biedermann assumed the MMSC Presidency, as Paul Reed retired.
  • Bud Keane and Jenner Richards were taken away by the USST and Tom Anderson came to coach the riders.
  • The MMSC JIIIs and JIVs are best in Vermont, capturing the VARA Cup trophy, with scoring based on Vermont State Championship results. MMSC Junior III team was led by Peter Hazelett (Vermont State Champion) and Allison Martini.
  • “Chick on Sticks” ruled the Ski Bum Races with two all-girls teams qualifying for the Championships. Jess Wells, Nancy Paul, Star Sudan and Kate Lapenta wore the crowns.
  • Erik Schlopy pulled off a podium in the World Championships in St. Moritz with a bronze in the GS. He also placed 15th in slalom, while Chip Knight raced to 11th.
  • The second generation of racing Cochran’s continued the family tradition. Jimmy Cochran won 5 Eastern Cups and led the UVM Team while cousin, Jessica Kelley was named to the USST “C” Team squad. Kelley was the 2002 World Junior silver medalist in GS and had a FIS-B slalom victory in Courmayeur, France. She also won two Eastern Cups and FIS slalom in Jackson Hole.
  • Lauren Ross was also climbing in her career with fine finishes in FIS and NorAm races here and in Europe.
  • Kara Crow, Tucker Speer, Tim Kelley, Peter Hazelett, Chris Copeland, Hannah Allen, Anna Furney, Alison Martini, Erik Gilbert and Peter Ruschp won the annual MMEF Merit Awards.
  • Kara Crow, Erik Johnson, Pat Quiet, Ethan Dahlberg, and Jack Reed are named to 2002-2003 VARA Team. Kara Crow wins the Willy Schaeffler Award for winning the JII Nationals Combined title and is recipient of the VARA George Tormey Scholarship. Bud Keane was International Snowboard Coach of the Year.

2003-2004

  • Erik Schlopy and Chip Knight on USST “A” Team, Lauren Ross on “B” Team, and Jessica Kelley and Jimmy Cochran on “C” Team.
  • Kara Crow, Peter Hazelett, Tim Kelley, and Amy Cochran (at UVM) named to 2003-2004 VARA Team.
  • Tom Sequist resigns as Executive Director and is replaced Igor Vanovac.
  • Billy Kidd wins USSA’s Russell Wilder Award is given annually to recognize the most outstanding effort in focusing the interests of American youth on the sports of skiing or snowboard.
  • Jesse Hunt named top Alpine International Coach the Year.

2004-2005

  • Erik Schlopy on USST “A” Team, Lauren Ross, Chip Knight and Jimmy Cochran on “C” Team, and Jessica Kelley named to the “D” Team.
  • Hannah Allen named to 2004-2005 VARA Team. Mike Leach is recipient of VARA Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • MMSC win VARA Cup Trophy, awarded to the top JIII and JIV team in Vermont, based on results at the State Championships.
  • Annie Rendall and Robbie Kelley win JIII Olympics slalom and earn a trip to compete against the best JIIIs in the world at the Whistler Cup.
  • Andrew Shaw joins Aunt Ann Shaw in the University of Vermont Hall Fame.

2005-2006

  • Seven current and former MMSC athletes named to the USST for the 2005-2006 season: Erik Schlopy (A), Chip Knight (B), Jimmy Cochran (B), Tim Kelley (D), Lauren Ross (B), Jessica Kelley (B), and Kara Crow (D)!
  • There is much anticipation to ride the new Big Spruce Quad Chairlift called Sensation. A new state-of-the-art snow-making system is installed on the Main Street trail.
  • After a vigorous capital campaign the Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy became the owner of its own home on October 21, 2005.
  • Micheline Lemay moves from assistant coach in the JIIIs to lead the JV&VI program. Emily Copeland takes over the JIV head coaching duties. Lorant Gudasz joins Tom Silva and Mike Leach in the JIIIs. Lindy Cochran-Kelley joins the JII coaching staff. Bob St. Pierre heads up the Freestyle program. Mike Slaughter is head coach of the riders.
  • The MMSC develops new and improved website.
  • Annual Hall of Fame Dinner/Auction celebrates past MMSC Olympians: Tiger Shaw, Rosie Fortna, Billy Kidd, Madi Springer-Miller Kraus, Marvin Moriarty, Bud Keane, Jesse Hunt, Harper Phillips, Gordie Eaton, Marilyn Shaw-McMahon, Rip McManus, Erik Schlopy, Chip Knight, and Nancy Bell-Johnstone. Nine of these athletes attend to share memories.
  • Twelve athletes with MMSC ties are named to the 2005-2006 VARA Team: Alison Martini, Annie Rendall, Robbie Kelley, Casey Giebink, Chip Knight (USST), Erik Schlopy (USST), Jimmy Cochran (USST), Lauren Ross (USST), Tim Kelley (USST), Kara Crow (USST), and Ellie Anderson (BMA).
  • Bud Keane was International Snowboard Coach of the Year and Tom Silva wins 2006 VARA Coach of the Year.

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