Tyler Palmer

Last night I attended the New England Ski Museum‘s annual ‘Spirit of Skiing’ Award banquet at the Grand Summit at Attitash, in Bartlett, New Hampshire. The 2013 honoree is Tyler Palmer, a native of the Mount Washington Valley region who was a top competitive racer in the 1970s.

Palmer represented the U.S. at the 1972 Olympics at Sapporo and holds the distinction of being the first American male to win a World Cup race.

Bo Adams and Tyler Palmer

Bo Adams and Tyler Palmer

About 240 people attended last night’s affair, and the master of ceremonies was Bo Adams, president of the museum. In addition to Palmer’s many achievements as a ski racer, Adams also cited Tyler’s subsequent years as a professional competitor and later as a coach who inspired at least two generations of skiers, including Leanne Smith, a Mount Washington Valley resident who is currently racing the World Cup circuit. Adams also noted that Palmer “had a persona that was quite distinctive and created quite a buzz.”

As part of the fifth FIS World Cup tour, Palmer raced at Sugarloaf/USA in February, 1971. Here are two photos of him in those days. They are from the Ski Museum of Maine‘s online exhibit at the Maine Memory Network of the Maine Historical Society. Click on each line below to bring up the photo.

Tyler Palmer at Sugarloaf/USA

Tyler Palmer is in the center of this group

These online photos are part of an online exhibit at Maine Memory that was created last year by the Ski Museum of Maine. Executive director Bruce Miles spearheaded the project and collected the photos, primarily from the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club. I scanned the photos and Miles researched and wrote the captions and accompanying text. Click here to view the full exhibit.