Another successful ski season came to a close for the Penobscot Valley Ski Club as members recently held their annual banquet and awards ceremony at the Elks Club in Bangor.
Scott Andrews of Portland, a Ski Museum of Maine board member and snow sports journalist since 1987, was the featured speaker. Andrews presented “Down-Mountain and Cross-Country: 140 years of Skiing in Maine.” The show included about 125 photos, some more than a century old.
Andrews traced the history of Maine skiing from its origins in Swedish communities in Aroostook County to present-day recreational and competitive skiing. The audience stepped back in time to the advent of rope tows and winter carnivals and witnessed development of small ski areas statewide, some now defunct, and popular resort areas such as Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Saddleback Mountain.
Andrews noted the founding of the Penobscot Valley Ski Club in 1936 with its development of the Bangor region’s first ski trails on King’s Mountain in Orrington and Bald Mountain in Dedham. More information on the Ski Museum of Maine and this program can be found at www.skimuseumofmaine.org.
The club presented the Silver Skis Award recognizing outstanding service to the snow sport industry in Maine to Gil Roderick, Peter Millard, and Chris Dorion for the years of work they have contributed to the Caribou Bog Race and trail system.
Annette Nelligan, club president, was also honored with the Silver Skis Award for her many years of dedication to the club’s mission of supporting snow sports in the greater Penobscot Valley. Members remembered Zane Skalski, at age 91 the club’s oldest skier, who died in January. His family presented a check for $500 to the club’s Learn-to-Ski Program in his memory.
Nelligan recognized the many volunteers who contribute to the club’s activities, and the membership elected new officers and board members for the 2009-10 season. Jeff and Linda Rice, outgoing coordinators for the Learn-to-Ski program, incoming Racing Development chairwoman Tara McKechnie, and Emily Cartwright of the Junior Nordic program recognized the participants in their respective programs. The combined enrollment in these programs exceeds 100 participants.
The PVSC activities will resume in September with monthly membership meetings, the annual Ski Sale Fundraiser in October, and bus trips to Sugarloaf and Quebec, in addition to the popular Learn-to-Ski, Alpine and Nordic programs. Annual family membership fee is $30.
Those seeking more information on PVSC may visit its Web site: www.pvskiclub.org.