By Mary McKann
March 5, 2019 Volume 41, No. 10
The White Mountain Summit organized by the North American Ski Journalist Association kicked off last Thursday (2-28) with a reception hosted by the New England Ski Museum at its relatively new Eastern Slope location in North Conway, NH.
Friday started with a SnowCoach ride up the Mount Washington auto road, a fabulous lunch at the new Glen House at the base of the auto road with a presentation by GM Howie Wemyss, and XC skiing, fat tire cycling or snowshoeing on the beautiful trails at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.
The weekend centered around the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup. Friday night’s pre-race buffet dinner included lots of food, beer and music with a Bavarian touch. The band – dressed in Lederhosen and felt hats adorned with pins and feathers – played the accordion, alpine horn and cow bells. Edelweiss and Roll Out The Barrel were among the selections.
Patriotism was a big part of the celebration; For ski history buffs there was lots of 10th Mountain memorabilia as well as other vintage ski fashion and gear. Opening ceremonies, a torchlight parade, fashion show, and unveiling of a plaque dedicated to Schneider were all part of the event which marked the 80th anniversary of the arrival of its namesake.
The race included everyone from former Olympians to first-timers down a course, but everyone enjoyed excellent conditions and camaraderie among the participants. Bratwurst and more beer were the celebratory libations for many participants, and awards were handed out in multiple categories.
The trip wrapped up on Sunday at Bretton Woods, which is building the only 8-passenger gondola in the state, according to Marketing Director Craig Clemmer. Although a bit behind schedule, the lift will open next winter if all goes well and looks to be well worth waiting for.