New England Ski Museum 5-30-2014

The New England Ski Museum’s latest annual exhibit opened yesterday evening: Green Mountains, White Gold: Origins of Vermont Skiing.

Exterior photo of the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, New Hampshire

Exterior photo of the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, New Hampshire

I joined the 100-strong throng that flocked to the New England Ski Museum (pictured above) in Franconia, New Hampshire, to view the exhibit and socialize with longtime friends.

It was also the occasion for the East Region of the North American Snowsports Journalists’ Association to present its Don Metivier Golden Ski Awards to the top male and female junior ski racers.

Among the many friends I met was a fellow ski enthusiast from my home town of Portland, Maine: Nancy Dorrans, president of the Maine Outdoor Adventures Club and one of the hottest, fastest red-headed women skiers ever to come from Ohio. She’s also a fellow member of NASJA, holding a corporate membership through MOAC.

Left to right: Gini Raichle, Nancy Dorrans and Toni Nelson

Left to right: Gini Raichle, Nancy Dorrans and Toni Nelson

Nancy is pictured above, flanked by Gini Raichle on the left and Toni Nelson on the right.

(Click here for more details on the exhibit itself, including some photos.) The exhibit will run through the end of the 2014-2015 ski season.

Nancy Dorrans checks out the Mt. Mansfield-Stowe Mountain Resort section of the exhibit

Nancy Dorrans checks out the Mt. Mansfield-Stowe Mountain Resort section of the exhibit

In the pic above, Nancy is checking out a section of the exhibit devoted to Mt. Mansfield and Stowe Mountain Resort.

Jim Gregory of NASJA presented the 2014 Golden Ski Awards to Alice Merryweather, who skis out of Stratton Mountain School in Vermont, and Sam Morse, from Carrabassett Valley Academy in Maine.

Below is the complete press release with details. (Best viewed by clicking upper right box to open in its own window.)

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Below is a pic of Alice, Jim and Sam, taken in front of the old Cannon Mountain tramway cabin that sits near the museum’s entryway. (Photo is courtesy of Kathe Dillman, KADI Communications.)

Alice Merryweather, Jim Gregory and Sam Morse

Alice Merryweather, Jim Gregory and Sam Morse

And this blast from the past: Judy McNealus, of Pawlet, Vermont, received a replacement Golden Ski Award. Judy’s original trophy, bestowed in 1971, was destroyed in a house fire.