The exhibit, titled “The Mountains of Maine: Skiing in the Pine Tree State,” developed by The New England Ski Museum in Franconia, New Hampshire has been purchased by the Ski Museum of Maine in memory of one of Maine's ski industry VIPs, John Christie. The exhibit will be on display at the Robinson House of the Bethel Historical Society located on Broad Street in Bethel through June of 2018.
The display comprises about 60 photographs taken from its collections and borrowed from others. It covers most of Maine skiing history, from the arrival of the first Swedish immigrants in Aroostook County in the late 1800s, and the narrative continues into the modern era.
The principal focus of the photo collection is the development of commercial and non-profit ski areas both large and small. The exhibit will be supplemented with artifacts and photos from the collections of the Ski Museum of Maine.
The exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. during July and August, closed November 1 through Thanksgiving.
The picture above is of Rangeley Town Manager Oscar Riddle, who was meeting with trail designer Sel Hannah in April 1958 to look over the feasibility of laying out ski trails on Saddleback Mountain. Saddleback ski area opened for the Winter of 1960-61.
Help us support our ski and snowboard mission: “To preserve and publicize the business of skiing in Maine, while celebrating Maine’s ski history and heritage”
Ski Museum of Maine
256 Main Street, Kingfield, Maine
(In the Sugarloaf Sports Outlet Building)
The museum is open when the Sugarloaf Sports Outlet is open July - April.
7 days a week - generally from 9 am to 5 pm.
Spring Hours: Monday - Friday 10 to 4
Entrance to the museum is free, donations are always welcome.
If you for your group would like to visit, please call or email for a guided tour.
Staff hours are varied, so please call ahead for an appointment if you would like to see a staff member.
The exhibits in our home in Kingfield evoke many memories for our visitors. Many times we have heard a father or mother say to their child " I remember skiing on a pair of these when ......"