Maine Classic To Benefit Ski Museum Feb. 16 At Sugarloaf
Now in its sixth year, the Maine Ski Heritage Classic will ring nostalgic on Saturday (Feb. 16) at Sugarloaf as attendees can learn about the past while enjoying the conditions of the present.
The list of Maine Ski Hall of Fame dignitaries is longer than the Wengen downhill course that Maine native Karl Anderson raced in his U.S. Ski Team career. The list of silent auction items at its annual benefit is longer still.
Enthusiasts can ski and ride the resort that recently has been pounded with over 30 inches of snow from Nemo in the past week. After a few hours on the hill, Heritage ticket holders can take a break from Sugarloaf’s terrain, come inside the base lodge and view the ski memorabilia exhibit from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Anyone who comes to Sugarloaf with retro ski attire can participate in a 3 p.m. group photo, also in the lodge. All proceeds from the silent auction at the Sugarloaf Inn will benefit the Ski Museum of Maine. It takes place from 4-6:30 p.m., and will feature a silent auction, a live auction at 5:30 p.m. and a ski museum display.
The premium items up for grabs at the silent auction include a Sugarloaf-donated snowcat ski experience for 18, including breakfast; a GoPro camera; and a barbecue lunch for 20 at Sugarloaf, provided by the Sugarloaf Ski Club. That’s just the tip of the glacier. The entire list of silent auction items will offer something for everyone.
"The Maine Ski Heritage Classic has allowed the Ski Museum to reach a broad audience, and especially kids, with its display set up in the base lodge," said Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser. "Everyone is drawn to those old wooden skis, photographs and classic ski area patches. The ski that really gets their attention, though, is an old wooden pair of 'twin tips' from the 1930s."
The Ski Maine Hall of Fame, started in 2003, is one of the museum’s treasures. Joining two-time Olympian Anderson is a number of Maine’s finest contributors to the sport. That list includes John Bower, a former U.S. Ski Team coach and first American to win the Holmenkollen Nordic Combined championship; Greg Stump, a pioneer in freestyle skiing and 1979 North American freestyle champ who skied in Dick Barrymore and Warren Miller films; and Dave Irons, ski patroller, radio announcer and ski journalist whose love of the sport translated into his work.
Maine Ski Heritage Classic tickets can be purchased at the Ski Maine website.
Photo: Sugarloaf Resort