WSKI caught up with Sugarloaf’s General Manager Karl Strand to get an update on how last season went and how things are looking heading into the upcoming season. Some exciting things happened over the summer with some big events as well as on mountain improvements. Happy Homecoming. Check it out… [Read more…]
Maine Ski and Snowboard Museum: Tall Timber Classic
An exciting new exhibit at the Maine Ski and Snowboard Museum on Main Street in Kingfield. The 1971 Tall Timber Classic, the first and only World Cup race held at Sugarloaf. In addition the other exhibits still exist as well as items for sale. Learn more.. [Read more…]
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 (or lack of) & ski business growth pains during the ’70s! For some of us who have been in this business since those days, this is a sentimental look back on this crazy business that IS our lifestyle! For a rural development economist, it is an interesting perspective whereas, as we often say, the more things change, the more they stay the same…!!
‘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’ will remember when #5 was where Misery Whip is, off the top of King Pine. This archive footage may prove helpful for the current generation(s) who haven’t had the pleasure of growing up with surface lifts of ‘old’!!! [Read more…]
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!