Tag Archives: History

Oregon’s Mt. Hood Meadows Prepares to Turn 50

Mt. Hood, OR – Slightly over 49 years ago, Mt. Hood Meadows officially opened on January 26, 1968 with ceremonies attended by over 200 dignitaries including America’s only Olympic gold medalist Gretchen Fraser. The ski area launched with two lifts, a T-bar and a rope tow. Fraser’s inaugural run was the full 1,061 vertical drop from the … Continue reading Oregon’s Mt. Hood Meadows Prepares to Turn 50

Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Stowe, VT – The first ski lift in Stowe, Vermont was a rope tow. Construction of the lift to transport skiers up Mount Mansfield was undertaken by the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club and Austrian Sepp Ruschp, and completed in December 1936, ascending from the base of what is now the resort’s Toll House area. That lift, however, … Continue reading Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Behind the Gold: Her Day to Win

Waterville Valley, NH – The young ski racer stood outside the start house at the top of the mountain, a mix of Stevie Wonder, Zeppelin and Beatles playing in her ears. The U.S. Ski Team’s 19-year-old rising star out of Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy was contemplating her first run lead in a World Cup giant slalom – … Continue reading Behind the Gold: Her Day to Win

Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees

Stowe, VT – On November 19, the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum will induct four pioneers in the state’s long ski and ride history into the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. The special “Schuss” celebration honoring the four inductees will be held at the Stoweflake resort in Stowe, and feature a silent auction as well … Continue reading Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees

Donna Weinbrecht: Unlikely Hero

Tignes, France – In many ways, Donna Weinbrecht was an unlikely hero. An Olympic ski champion from West Milford, New Jersey? But on a snowy day high in the mountains above the Tarentaise Valley in the French Savoie, she became her sport’s first gold medalist. After a demonstration sport introduction in Calgary four years earlier, freestyle moguls … Continue reading Donna Weinbrecht: Unlikely Hero

Vermont’s Cochran Family to Receive Spirit of Skiing Award

Warren, VT – The Cochran Family of Richmond, Vt. will be honored with the 11th annual Spirit of Skiing Award by the New England Ski Museum on October 28 at Sugarbush Resort in Warren. The award is given annually to an individual or group that, in the judgment of the ski museum directors, personifies the axiom that “skiing … Continue reading Vermont’s Cochran Family to Receive Spirit of Skiing Award

Remembering Lawrence’s Double Gold in 1952

Oslo, Norway – Teenager Andrea Mead Lawrence stood in the Olympic slalom start gate in Oslo in 1952. It was the second run and the 19-year-old from Vermont’s Pico Peak was in fourth – devastated by a fall in the first run. Already owning a gold medal from the debut Olympic giant slalom six days earlier, she could easily … Continue reading Remembering Lawrence’s Double Gold in 1952