Museum News

June 2018

Ski Museum of Maine Opens Satellite Gallery in Bethel

Bethel, Maine…The Ski Museum of Maine has opened a satellite, the Western Mountains Gallery, at the Robinson House of the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society. The inaugural exhibit “Oxford County Skiing History-From Jockey Cap to Jordan Bowl” traces the roots of alpine and Nordic skiing and manufacturing in Oxford County and Bridgton. The exhibit displays photos and stories of Sunday River, Mt. Abram, and Shawnee Peak along with lost ski areas Jockey Cap, Burnt Meadow, Evergreen Valley and Earle Brown. It covers Nordic ski and jumping venues, ski clubs, and ski lodging. The manufacturing wall features Paris Manufacturing, YOPP and Claw skis with a monitor to view the “Tree to Ski” video. A central ski rack displays skis made in Oxford County from 1920-2018. The exhibit has been made possible through a grant from the Oxford County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.   Hours for the Gallery will match those of the Bethel Historical Society, Tuesday through Friday from 10 am-4 pm through October 19th and 1-4 pm Saturdays in July and August. Admission is free.

The earliest known photo of skiing in Bethel, 1915/1916. Skiers are patients at the Gehring Clinic on snow-covered trails of what today is the Bethel Inn Resort.

May 2018

Our 2nd Annual Spring Auction is completed. We are grateful to all our donors for their generosity. We know there are a lot of organizations out there that need your support. We are honored that you were able to share some of your resources with the Museum. Thank you to all that bid on the eleven items this year, your support is recognized and appreciated.


March 2018

Article from about the Legends Race

Youngest “Oldster” Wins Inaugural Ski Museum of Maine Legends Race

       Tip Kimball of Cumberland Center won the Inaugural Ski Museum Legends of Maine GS Race for men and women ages 50 and over held at Sunday River on March 6th. Kimball, the youngest in the field at age 58 clocked a time of 36.66 seconds. First place in the Women’s Age 50-59 went to Jill Gray of Farmington. The second place finisher was Laurie Gilbert of Greenwood. Winners in the Men’s 60-69 division were Michael Becker of Winthrop (1st); Mike Ham of Bowdoin (2nd); and Greg Sweetser of Cumberland (3rd). The gold medal in the women’s age 60+ division went to Leigh Breidenbach of Turner; silver to Beth Hodgkins of Newry, and bronze to Wende Gray of Bethel.   Paul Rogers of Camden won first place in the Men 70+ division followed by Tom LaHaise of Springfield, Ohio and Bill Hayes of Gloucester, MA. Bill was the oldest racer at age 82. Ginny Bousum of Kingfield was the gold medal winner in the women’s 70+ division. Winners received medals at the awards ceremony held at Barker Lodge following the race. Ginny Bousum and Bill Hayes received bottles of Centrum Silver as the oldest racers. Bob Harkins of Bethel, Maine Ski Hall of Fame inductee, received a box of bandaids for his wounded ego. Bob did not place in his division. A green ice wax kit went to Wende Gray, who turned in the slowest time. She gifted the wax to Bill Orr, who came in last in his 70+ division.

1         Tip Kimball                           36.66     50+ 

2         Michael Becker                   40.00     60+

3         Mike Hammy Ham             40.90     60+

4         Greg Sweetser                    42.00     60+

5         Paul Rogers                         42.23     70+

6         Kim Pike                               42.27     60+

7         Bede Wellford                     45.28     60+

8         Bob Harkins                         45.85     60+

9         Tom LaHaise                        46.45     70+

10       Peter Dumont                     48.61     60+

11       Jill Gray                                 48.64     50+

12       Bill Hayes                              49.26     82!                                    

13       Ginny Bousum                     53.24     70+

14       Leigh Breidenbach              53.54     60+

15       Bill Orr                                   53.97     70+

16       Laurie Gilbert                       54.52     50+

17       Bob Duplessie                      55.68     60+

18       Beth Hodgkins                     1:04.74  60+

19       Wende Gray                         1:15.15  60+

Ginny Bousum rounds the last gate.
Ginny Bousum rounds the last gate.
Legend Bob Harkins heading for the finish.
Legend Bob Harkins heading for the finish.