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Another visit to the World of Ski Business Development with Howard Nielsen.

This fabulous footage from a 1976 Boston television series with long-time skier & friend Howard Nielsen, is amongst the favorites from the archives because the growth of the ski industry in New England at that time was exciting & challenging, & certainly never to be equaled following the heady ’60s, & roller coaster ride of snow […]

‘Old’ school lift instruction….

‘Old’ school lift instruction….

It’s beginning to look like an ‘old’ winter with lots of SNOW, & a bit of wind & cold that make surface lifts an ‘old’ option still good to have so we can get to the snow stashes in various nooks & crannies on the mountain from the top of #3 (Bateau) T-bar! Some ‘old-timers’ […]

Howard Nielsen’s Report on the Ski Business during the 1970s

Howard Nielsen’s Report on the Ski Business during the 1970s

If you’re a life-long, die hard skier, it’s always interesting to follow the growth & look towards the future of the ski & resort business, & a look back to over 30 years ago only points out the more things change, the more they stay the same!  

Australian Snowmakers at Sugarloaf in 1989: First Women Ever to Join the Crew!

Theresa & Lisa Scheimer were the first women to be Snowmakers at Sugarloaf, as part of a crew of six who came from Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains, at a time when Maine’s unemployment was low, & the head of the crew was part of the new computerization of the snowmaking system…. a concept that […]

Kingfield 10K

Though this event no longer happens, the Kingfield 10 K which Sugarloaf ran through the 1980s & ’90s, was a popular race run by many locals in addition to serious runners from away. The favorable terrain, clean air & enormous support from the cheering spectators along the town’s streets, made the 10 K a big […]

Irene wasn't the only time we had high water in CV!

Nothing like stinking hot weather to make us pull this out of the archives! March of 1987 saw the ‘once in 500 years’ flood, & though this footage may not mean much to most folks, it’s a COOL thing to view on a day when we’ve been glad to swim in the Carrabassett after work!!!!

The Sound of Music in the Mountains

There’s no more majestic backdrop or fantastic natural audio-enhancing environment than you’ll find when you experience a symphony orchestra playing in the western mountains of Maine! This archive footage from the Portland Symphony Orchestra is a good reminder that the Kingfield POPs w/ the Bangor Symphony Orchestra & Noel Paul Stookey (oh WOW!!!) will soon be […]

Other cameras captured the spirit of Sugarloaf long before WSKI's

We are grateful to the Foster family for giving WSKI a copy of their home movies from 1964 at Sugarloaf when the hardy skiers worked & played with gusto to create the grand reputation of ‘Sugarloaf’ that so many now know & love! This fantastic footage shows so many changes (fashions!!), & yet so many things that […]

Take a ride back in time with Susan in a Stanley Steamer

The Stanley Steamer is one of those special inventions that you fall in love with when you first see (& hear!) one, if you should be so fortunate! This video from WSKI’s Archives by an unknown producer is timeless in its presentation of one of the incredible creations of the brilliant Stanley brothers of Kingfield […]

Four Seasons of Fun: the timelessness of Mountain Life!

This vintage video is about ten generations from the original 3/4″ video tape Master edit of the mid-1980s, but you still get the idea! Many of the shots could be re-created today right across the western mountains of Maine. Many are of events no longer occurring, but perhaps inspiration to see our Future by re-visiting the […]