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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.

MMSC in the 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.

1932-33

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

1934

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

1935

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

1936

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

1937

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

1938

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

1939

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

MMSC in the 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.

1940

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

1941

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

1942

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

1943

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

1944

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

1945

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

1946

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

1948

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

1949

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

MMSC in the 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 adds to tradition of sending its best skiers on to the Olympics.

1950

  • Charlie Blauvelt, as MMSC president, pushed membership to 500.
  • Our club logo was designed by Frank Springer-Miller and all wore their badges proudly.

1951

  • A junior program was launched.
  • Pepi Gabl and Karl Fahrner were coaching.
  • All members dressed in green (even painted skis with MMSC logo in yellow).
  • Stowe hosts National Junior Downhill and Slalom Championships.

1952

  • Madi Springer-Miller Kraus is named to the 1952 Olympic Team.
  • MMSC hosted National Championships won by Andrea Mead Lawrence and Jack Reddish.
    The race was timed by Bill Hazelett, Dave Partridge, and Jed Prouty.
  • Visitors to Stowe numbered 8,000-15,000.
  • Ted Means became Club President.
  • Local star Lena Gale won Eastern GS final and sent out to Europe to train by C.V. Starr.
  • The millionth skier on the single chair was given a lifetime season pass.
  • 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. (SMR history timeline)

1953

  • MMSC hosts U.S. Nationals.
  • First American International Race held in Stowe under aegis of C.V. Starr.

1954

  • Bob Bourdon publishes “Modern Skiing”
  • MMSC celebrates 20th Anniversary, Charlie Daly president.
  • Marvin Moriarty won Eastern Junior Slalom and Combined and he and Billy Woods went west to Junior Nationals.
    Billy was 2nd combined, Skip Bryan was 4th in slalom, but Marvin was injured.
  • The Big Spruce double chair opened on December 18th.
  • Chiharu Igaya was a protégé of C.V. Starr. He was a Dartmouth racer who trained regularly in Stowe.
    He won the Sugar Slalom in the spring.

1955

  • Stowe hosts second American International Races. Andreas 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 Binding” – one of the first releasable bindings.
    His children and grandchildren have been successful MMSC racers.

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 nkle in the Hannenkahm downhill race at Kitzbuhel, Austria.
  • Jack Shearer and Paul Sutton led 59 on MMSC flight to Europe.
  • Igaya wins silver medal in slalom at 1956 Olympic Games.
  • Gale Shaw became Club president.

1957

  • Stowe’s rising star, Billy Woods was killed in car accident.
  • The first Stowe Cup was held on Smugglers, Bill Beck was best.
  • Betsy Snite won Eastern Junior Combined.
  • The Mt. Mansfield Company set new rates: $6.50 per day and $150 per season. Club members paid $5.50 per day or $135 per season.
  • The Northern Vermont Junior Council was formed and the MMSC began two day race training clinics.
  • The first useful aluminum ski poles are made by Scott. (Ski/R 1983 p46)

1958

  • The MMSC Gala weekend featured the Club downhill on Sterling, torchlight parade and huge party with music by Bob Bourdon.
  • Billy Kidd selected to the National Junior Team.
  • Stowe Cup on Jan. 26-27 is dedicated to Billy Woods.
  • Eastern Championships held February 28 th. First U.S. gondola lift installed at the Wildcat area in New Hampshire. (Amski 1966 p450)

1959

  • Sepp Ruschp appointed organizer for 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley.

MMSC in the 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.

1960

  • 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 GS, and DSQ in the DH.
  • Paul Biedermann began as permanent Secretary of the Club.
  • The Mt Mansfield double chair opened as well as new trails named Centerline, Hayride, International (later Starr), and Chamois (the Goat).
  • Marvin Moriarty won the Stowe Cup, Billy Kidd was third.
  • The Austrians swept the men’s International Races held in Stowe, Betsy Snite was second overall.
  • John Flint became Club president as ex-president Gale Shaw and M.J. produced Danielle. (SMR timeline says John Flint
    became president during the 1962-63 season).
  • Kneissl, Sailer and Plymold market the first commercially successful fiberglass skis. (Ski/R 1983 p47)

1961

  • MMSC moves to Spruce Peak. (according to SMR timeline, this move was during 1963-64).
  • Marvin Moriarty retired Mt. Tremblant’s Ryan Cup. Billy Kidd was 2 nd, Les Streeter 3 rd, and Rip McManus 4 th – a sweep for MMSC!
  • MMSC hosts National Junior Alpine Championships.
  • Moriarty turns professional (1961-62, SMR timeline).

1962

  • The weekly Little Spruce giant slalom was started – 50 cents entry.
  • 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.
  • First women enter Stowe Derby (SMR history timeline).

1963

 

  • 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.
  • The Little Spruce chair began service to new East Run, West Run, and Side Street.

 

1964

  • 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.
  • After Stowe’s celebratory parade, a post-Olympic race was held. Billy Kidd and Jr. Rebel Ryan were 1 st and 2 nd in GS, Buddy Werner the DH winner, Italy’s Pia Riva and Jean Soubert won the women’s events – all filmed by CBS.
  • Werner was killed shortly thereafter in a Swiss avalanche.
  • Moriarty wins International Pro Ski Race to become first American male to beat Europeans in 44 years. (SMR history timeline).
  • The up and coming Cochran kids dominated the junior Sugar Slalom results.
  • The first Lange all plastic buckle boots are commercially available. (Ski/R 1983 p49)

1965

  • The Nosedive was straightened – the 7 turns became 3 – all for FIS approval and grooming ability.
  • Rosie Fortna and Gordi Eaton took Stowe Cup honors.
  • The State of Vermont honors Billy, Betsy, and Andrea Mead Lawrence with a float in Inaugural Parade.

1966

  • Bill Harrington became Club President.
  • Stowe hosted U.S. Alpine Championships – Marielle Goitschel and Guy Perillat on top, Jean Claude Killy was combined 2nd,
    and Jimmy Heuga was 3rd.
  • Erica (“Ricky”) Skinger and the Cochran kids trained with U.S. Ski Team in Vail. Gordi Eaton was a USST Coach.
  • 565 skiers compete in Sugar Slalom

1967

  • Ricky Skinger won the combined championship at the Jr. Nationals, held on her home hill winning the Nosedive downhill by 1.32 seconds.
    Marilyn, Barbara, and Bobby Cochran all had top finishes, with Bobby first in GS.
  • 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 p49)

1968

  • Billy Kidd was named to the Grenoble, France, Winter Olympic squad.
  • Racing in Europe, Ricky Skinger competed with Karen Budge (Eaton).
  • The original gondola, Cliff House and new trails opened in November of ’68.
  • Snowmaking comes to Little Spruce.
  • 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, the trio attended a U.S. junior camp coached by Gordi Eaton.
  • Sally Flory, Cece Teague and Steve Murphy were the top MMSC racers in the Eastern Juniors.

1969

  • Rip McManus stars as “Bruce Devore” in the movie Downhill Racer also featuring Robert Redford.
  • International Alpine (F.I.S.) Ski Competition held.

MMSC in the 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.

1970

  • MMSC Junior III & IV team was led by Dia Elliman, who won the Vermont State Championships.
  • The Ski Club created the tax-exempt Mt Mansfield Ski Educational Foundation to help fund racer development.
  • Henry Simoneau donated the famous “Smugglers Bowl” and the Ski Bum Race Series began. Even Charlie Lord
    and his team of “Senior Citizens” raced.
  • Billy Kidd won the bronze medal in the FIS World Championships in Val Gardena, Italy, in February and gold in the Combined.
  • The “Hopeful” program began (for those not of the 15 allowed in the JIII & IV team); Scott Moriarty and Dani Shaw on the roster.
  • First running of C.V. Starr Trophy race held in February. The Trophy, by Bob Bourdon, was modeled after Billy Kidd.
  • Tom Bryant won diamond Spruce GS pin, Mary Beth was the only previous winner.
  • Billy Kidd, retired from racing after one Pro season, became “Director of Skiing” at Steamboat Springs.

1972

  • David Partridge built a new timer/printer for the club.
  • 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.

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.
  • The annual dinner-dance was a sellout success with dancing to John Cassel & Band (does anyone remember sap beer?)
  • Charlie Black was honored for his service and Tom Amidon took over the Club presidency.

1974

  • Resort purchases two Thiokol packers. Modern grooming era is underway.

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.
  • Frank Springer-Miller died in November after decades of service to the MMSC.
  • John Morrissey, Fraser Buchanan, Rick Dworshak, and Jeff Nichols spent all of August training
    in Bariloche, Argentina.

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.
  • Gub Langdon came to the Club as new Secretary/Treasurer.
  • M.J. Shaw came to the Club as new Executive Secretary filling Paul Biedermann’s shoes.
  • Gale Driscoll becomes Stowe’s first women patroller (SMR history timeline).

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.
  • Gail Oberg becomes first female on the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol.
  • The U.S. Ski Team roster for 1977-78 included 7 MMSC racers:
    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
  • 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.
  • Sepp Ruschp retired as President of the Mt Mansfield Company – Verne Johnson came on board.

1978

  • 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.
  • 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 Easterns at Cranmore, NH.
  • Fourth winter carnival held with World Pro Race. (SMR history timeline)

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.

MMSC in the 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

1987

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

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.

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.

MMSC in the 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

MMSC in the 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.
  • Gerhardt Schmidt was paralyzed in a mountain biking accident.
  • 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 Scholarship, and is named to 1999-2000 VARA Team.
  • Matt Knittle wins NCAA giant slalom for the University of Vermont.

2000-2001

  • Chip Knight ended up 2 nd in GS in the 2000 NorAm standings.
  • A new scholarship was created in memory of Wendy Nourjian, a ski club booster and founder of the Mt. Mansfield 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 MMESF 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. Chris Romano became Office Manager.
  • Bud Keane was named Jr. National Snowboard Team coach. Mary Beth Kreizel stayed on as Event Secretary.
  • Wait 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.
  • Chip Knight took 2 nd in the NorAm’s slalom standings and Erik Schlopy was on a roll with two World Cup GS silvers,
    and SG and slalom victories at Nationals.
  • Snowboarders Lauren Whalley, Alex Scherbatsky and Jake Blauvelt were named to the Junior National Team – and the mountain got a Superpipe 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.
  • MMSC is 2nd in the VARA Trophy Standings (JIII & JIV team competition)

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 Halfpipe forerunner, and Chip Knight and Erik Schlopy
    raced. Chip was 12 th 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.
  • MMSC is 4th in the VARA Trophy Standings (JIII & JIV team competition)

2002-2003

  • 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.
  • Frostbite prevailed, stirring the unprepared at below-zero races. The JV-VI Duals was the usual circus, bumps and all,
    Dan Bak, Cameron Furrer, Cat Mullin, and Livia Biedermann raced ruts to the final four.
  • “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.
  • The Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club adopted a new logo that reflects its larger program.
  • 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 11 th. Both are racing in the World cup series ’03, ’04.
  • The second generation of racing Cochran’s continued the family tradition. Jimmy Cochran won 5 Eastern Cups and led 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 a 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.
  • Paul Lawson, the Club’s indispensable race organizer, retired (sob).
  • Kara Crow was recipient of the VARA George Tormey Scholarship.
  • Kara Crow, Erik Johnson, Pat Quiet, Ethan Dahlberg, Jack Reed named to 2002-2003 VARA Team.

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.
  • MMSC is 2nd in the VARA Cup Trophy Standings (JIII & JIV team competition).
  • Tom Sequist resigns as Executive Director and is replaced Igor Vanovac.

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.
  • MMSC win VARA Cup Trophy, awarded to the top JIII and JIV team in Vermont, based on results at the State Championships.
  • MMSC JIII Coach Mike Leach is recipient of VARA Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • Annie Rendall & Robbie Kelley each win J3 Olympics slalom and earn a trip to compete against the best JIIIs in the world
    at the Whistler Cup. Annie places in 5th in slalom and 10th giant slalom.
  • Andrew Shaw is elected to 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 snowmaking
    system is installed on the Main Street trail.
  • Micheline moves from assistant coach in the JIIIs to lead the JV&VI program. Emily Copeland takes over the JV head
    coaching duties. Romanian coach, 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), Ellie Anderson (BMA).
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