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 free exhibit will be on display at the Robinson House of the Bethel Historical Society located on Broad Street in Bethel February 20-23, 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 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.
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Ski Museum of Maine
256 Main Street, Kingfield, Maine
(In the Sugarloaf Sports Outlet Building)
The newly renovated Ski Museum is now Open. The hours are 9 - 5pm 7 days a week (when the Sports Outlet is open). Admission is free!
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 ......"