Picture Courtesy of Kristofor Kebler from Team Magic 104
North Conway, NH – It was a chilly but exciting Hannes Schneider Meister Cup this weekend. Over 150 racers braved the single digit temperatures and over 30 mile an hour winds Saturday. Jeff Leich the Executive Director of the New England Ski Museum said the 21st annual race went off well despite the challenges the weather presented. Leich said that they were very appreciative that Cranmore was able to move the opening and awards ceremonies indoors.
One highlight of the event was the display of a 1968 vintage Tucker Sno-Cat side-by-side with Cranmore’s new diesel-electric Pisten Bully on the elevated snow stage at the base of the mountain. Jackson native Marshall Abbott, owner of the Tucker, brought it to Cranmore for the day to remind people that Cranmore was the first ski area in the country to perform mechanical slope grooming, beginning about 1940.
When it comes to racing team Cranmore took first place with a time of 2:36.55, taking second by just .04 seconds was team Magic 104, and in third place was the EMS team. In the Over all race Tyler Haynes won with a time of 29.98 seconds beating Hunter Haynes by .3 seconds. For the full race results click here.
A can’t miss part of meister weekend is the Vintage Ski Wear competition. This years winners were the Carroll Reed Family in first, the 10th Mountain Descendants featuring 93-year old 10th veteran Dick Calvert as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy in second, and Mike Beebe in 3rd.
A Rooster Cup, given in memory of Douglas “Rooster” Campbell and his motto “Strength, Courage, Determination” was presented by WMWV DJ and event MC Roy Prescott to Tom Eastman, well-known Conway Daily Sun writer who is recovering from cardiac surgery.
The “Downhill Divas”, a local group that organized fundraising events for the Ski Museum’s capital campaign this winter, was also awarded Rooster Cups for their dedication.
The Annual event is a benefit for the New England Ski Museum that honors Hannes Schneider, the mountain resort industry pioneer who operated the ski school at Cranmore from 1939 to 1955.