Join us once a month for our Red Bench Speaker's Series. Each month will feature a new subject and speaker or panel of speakers.
For decades the Red Bench drew skiers together around the fireplace in the Octagon at the top of Mount Mansfield. The tradition continues today with the Red Bench Speaker's Series that focuses on topics currently relevant to skiing and snowboarding.
Doors to the museum open at 6pm. Lively discussions begin at 6:30pm. Beverages available. Entrance donation $10. Thank you to our Red Bench Sponsors: Sisler Builders and von Trapp Brewing.
The Board of Directors of the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum is pleased to announce that Abby Chaffee has been selected as their new Executive Director.
Abby learned to ski (and snowboard) at the age of 8 when her family moved to New Hampshire. It was then that her love of the sport, industry, and culture began. This passion has been a driving force for many of the major decisions in her life. She started her career in the ski industry managing events for a major ski resort that later led to consultant work for an adaptive ski organization. Later, in a leap of faith, she devoted her work to the nonprofit sector. "With extensive experience in development, event management, leadership, and with roots in the ski industry, I'm thrilled to lead the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum as their executive director," says Abby.
The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum invites the public to its Annual Meeting at 5:30PM June 20, 2019 in the Museum located at One South Main Street in Stowe, Vermont.
The meeting will review some of the highlights from the past year and take a look at what’s ahead for the Museum. The Museum will also recognize several people who have helped make the Museum a success both in the past year and over many years.
Shawn Sullivan will be recognized with the Trailbreaker award which is given to prior members of the Board or significant Museum supporters that deserve permanent recognition. Shawn was first introduced to the Museum while working in Sugarbush's marketing department. He coordinated the Museum’s Golf Across Vermont Tournament from 2003-2010 and served on the Board of Directors from 2004-2014.
Once again the meeting will feature a vintage film provided by Board member Rick Moulton of Keystone Productions. This year it’s the 1937 film “Schlitz on Mount Washington.” The film is a skiing farce narrated by Lowell Thomas and shows where Warren Miller may have gotten some ideas for his later movies.
Light snacks and liquid refreshments will be available.
Biathlon, the only Olympic sport in which competitors perform two distinctly different skills - cross country skiing and marksmanship - concurrently, is the topic of Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum's May 16th Red Bench Discussion. To understand biathlon, John Morton, VTSSM Hall of Fame Inductee and former biathlete, suggests: "...take a person that doesn't necessarily have skill in skiing, ask them to run up 10 flights of stairs as fast as they can and ask them to thread a needle when they get there; you get an idea of how challenging it is to be precise when you have stressed yourself to that level."
Interested to know more about biathlon's history and its current status? On Thursday, May 16th at 6:30 pm, Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe, as part of the Red Bench Discussion Series, brings together a panel of biathlon experts to discuss how to train for biathlon and how to develop youth and women participants. Topics will include biathlon's connection to the military and the historical relevance of the Vermont National Guard in Jericho. They will also discuss evolving equipment and growing awareness of biathlon.
'Two Contests; Competing in Biathlon' is part of the Museum's Red Bench Series that focuses on topics currently relevant to skiing and snowboarding and kicks off a new comprehensive exhibit on biathlon which will open in November at the Museum.
The panel includes:
Moderator Art Stegen, when inducted into the US Biathlon Hall of Fame, was described as being "at the epicenter of Biathlon for forty years. As an athlete, coach, team leader, board secretary and editor of the US Biathlon newsletter, Art has dedicated himself to the sport of biathlon and always looked to make a difference." His new book on biathlon will be released spring 2019.
Dennis Donahue competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics and in five World Biathlon Championships. He is a 2018 VTSSM Hall of Fame Inductee.
John Madigan, from the Ethan Allen Biathlon Club in Jericho, is the current US Biathlon Regional coordinator for the East.
John Morton, an athlete on the '72 and '76 Olympic Teams, as a coach of teams in the '80s and as Team Leader for 3 more Olympics.
Jan Reynolds set the world record for high altitude skiing among women when she descended Muztagata in Tibet in 1980. Needing a break from mountaineering, Reynolds joined the 1983-84 US Biathlon team where the team took third place in the World Championships and is a VTSSM Hall of Fame Inductee.
Doors to the museum will open at 6:00 and guests are invited to enjoy the exhibits and socialize. The discussion begins at 6:30. Craft beer provided by Von Trapp Brewing. A $10 entry donation helps support the museum's mission to "Collect, Preserve and Celebrate Vermont's Skiing and Snowboarding Heritage". Additional sponsors include Sisler Builders and Vermont Ski + Ride.
For our next Red Bench discussion, we’ve invited snowsports industry members and athlete advocates to share their thoughts on climate change and the fate of skiing and riding in the future.
Panelists include Lindsay Bourgoine, Director, Policy & Advocacy at Protect Our Winters, Hannah Dreissigacker, Sustainability Coordinator at Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Jenn Swain, Global Senior Sustainability Manager at Burton Snowboards, Adam Hostetter, Snowboard Olympian and activist, and Mike Hussey, General Manager at Middlebury Ski Bowl. Adam White, Director of Communications for the Vermont Ski Areas Association/Ski Vermont, will moderate the discussion.
Ski and snowboard magazines are stuffed with beautiful images of perfect powder days and epic jumps. Getting those images is a lot harder than you think. Find out just what it takes to make the magic happen with our Pro Photo Red Bench Speakers panel.
Join photographers Shem Roose, Ashley Rosemeyer, Nathanael Asaro, moderator Dave Schmidt and others for a behind the scenes look at the world of professional photography in winter and outdoor sports.
Produced by Warren Miller Entertainment in partnership with the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum, Climb To Glory tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers and how they championed the U.S. Ski Industry following World War II. The Mountain Division came into existence on July 13, 1943 at an Army base in the Colorado Rockies known as “Camp Hale”. The Division trained at 9,200 feet above sea level and honed their skills to fight and survive under the most brutal mountain conditions. After participating in a major turning point in the War, these heroes returned home from Italy as pioneering individuals and helped expand skiing into a lifestyle sport with ski resort development, product innovation, instruction and everything in between. Narrated by Olympian and future Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee Jeremy Bloom and inspired by Warren Miller Athlete Chris Anthony, Climb to Glory highlights the 10th Mountain Division Vets’ astounding impact on our country and the ski industry while incorporating the fun and flair of Warren Miller films.
There will be two showings 5:30 and 7pm. Each ticket includes popcorn and a raffle ticket.
Purchase tickets here - $10/adults, $5/children
Book Signing and Talk! All Along the Clock tower: During the 1980s and 1990s, the “Manchester and the Mountains” area of Vermont was the epicenter of the fledgling sport of snowboarding. With the presence of Burton Snowboards, the U.S. Open Championships and one of the earliest machine-built halfpipes at Stratton Mountain, the local population led the vanguard as the sport ventured from the fringe to mainstream. Ranging from Olympic gold medalists to backhoe operators and converted skiers, locals contributed immensely to the development of the sport. Author Brian Knight details the birth, growth and development of a new worldwide sport from humble beginnings in southern Vermont.
Join athletes and representatives from Vermont's adaptive sports communities for a discussion about their commitments to making active lifestyles a reality for those with disabilities as part of the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum's monthly Red Bench series, on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 6:30pm.
Be inspired by stories of those Vermonters who have overcome disabilities, and those who are making this all happen by empowering people with disabilities to develop independence and well-being and providing them with opportunities to enjoy skiing and snowboarding in Vermont. Learn about advances in adaptive snow sports instruction, and equipment and training for adaptive coaches.
Kelly Brush Davisson, recipient of the 2018 VTSSM First Tracks Award, founder of the Kelly Brush Foundation
Maggie Burke, Managing Director at Vermont Adaptive: Sports for EVERY Body
Joe Hurley, Executive Director of BART Adaptive Sports Center
Cynthia Needham, President of Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports, and
Patrick Standen, Co-Founder of Northeast Disabled Athletic Association, Alpine and Nordic Sit Skier
For decades, the Red Bench drew skiers together around the fireplace in the Octagon at the top of Mount Mansfield. The tradition continues today with the Red Bench Speaker's Series that focuses on topics currently relevant to skiing and snowboarding.
Doors to the museum open at 6pm. Lively discussions begin at 6:30pm. Beverages available. Entrance donation $10 helps support the museum. Thank you to our Red Bench Sponsors: Sisler Builders, Collective Arts Brewing, and VT Ski + Ride.
Photo Credit: Sarah Peet Photography
Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol, the oldest ski patrol in the United States, celebrates 84 years of service this year. Join Mount Mansfield ski patroller and historian Brian Lindner for a history lesson about the MMSP, followed by a panel discussion with former Director Bill Westermann, current member Dave Flagg who is the longest serving member at 54 years, current MMSP Director Karen Wagner, former patrolman Denny Bender and others. Doors to the Museum open at 6:00, discussion begins at 6:30. $10 entrance donation.
Thank you to our Red Bench Sponsors: Sisler Builders, Collective Arts Brewing, and VT Ski + Ride.
Each year, dozens of magazines and online outlets reveal the results of their extensive ski tests and gear reviews. This October 11, the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum will be bringing together ski testers from SKI Magazine, Backcountry Magazine, Ski Essentials—the Stowe-based e-newsletter and Exotic Skis.
“It’s going to be a great forum to hear about what’s the best gear for 2018/19 and also to get an insight into how ski testing and gear reviews actually work,” says Lisa Lynn, the editor of VT Ski + Ride Magazine and a former editor at SKI, who will be moderating the event.
Participants will include Tyler Cohen, editor in chief of Backcountry Magazine and the person who coordinates their gear testing, Steve Sulin of Pinnacle Sports in Stowe and key figure in ski testing for Ski Essentials, Eric Edelstein of Exotic Skis, the online forum that has done exhaustive testing of numerous microbrands of skis from around the globe, and testers from SKI Magazine’s annual gear tests.
“This is a great kickoff for our winter forum speaker series, which we have renamed the Red Bench Series in honor of the Red Bench, a former fixture in Stowe’s Octagon, and now a gathering spot in the Museum’s Main Street building,” says Executive Director Deb Taylor. Future Red Bench Series topics include talks on the 10th Mountain Division, iconic snowboard photography and biathlon.
Join us for an interactive conversation about Vermont huts, past, present and future! Learn about exciting plans for a new hut system in Vermont and hear about the history of some of Vermont's most beloved backcountry huts, from Stowe's Stone Hut to Bolton's cabins, to hidden huts around the state. Panelists will include Craig Whipple of Vermont State Parks, Mike Debonis, executive director of the Green Mountain Club, Adam DesLauriers of Bolton Valley, and R.J. Thompson from Vermont Huts Association.
Hear what they have to say, ask questions and enjoy beverages from our series sponsor Collective Arts Brewing. Thanks to them and also to series sponsors Sisler Builders and Vermont Ski + Ride.
Moderated by Lisa Lynn, editor of Vermont Sports and Vermont Ski + Ride Magazines.
Buy tickets at the door or on-line at https://vtssmredbench.brownpapertickets.com
What's up with downhill mountain biking in Vermont? In just the last few weeks ski resorts around the state have been making news. On July 21, Suicide Six opened it's new Elemental bike park, jumping into the downhill mountain bike scene and joining Mount Snow, Killington, Okemo, Sugarbush and Burke in offering lift-served mountain biking. The VT Mountain Biking Festival returned to the trails at Ascutney this summer. This week, Killington plays host to one of the biggest mountain bike events in the country: the Fox US Open, attracting an estimated crowd of 5000.
Join us at the Museum for our next Thirsty Thursday and hear firsthand from many of the people making this all happen. Nick Mahood of Suicide Six, Lilias Ide of Kingdom Trails, Ryan Thibault of MBTVT, Angus McCusker and Zac Freeman of Rochester and Randolph Area Sports Alliance, and representatives from Burke, Bolton Valley, Killington, and Sugarbush will be at the Museum for a roundtable discussion of the future of mountain biking at resorts around the state.
The informal discussion with audience participation, will be moderated by Lisa Lynn, editor of Vermont Sports and Vermont Ski + Ride. Doors to the museum will open at 6p and guests are invited to enjoy the exhibits and socialize. The discussion begins at 6:30. Sponsored by Collective Arts Brewing and Vermont Sports. A $10 entry donation helps support the Museum. (Photo courtesy of Suicide Six.)
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Join us for our Annual Meeting as we celebrate the Museum's 30th Anniversary! Refreshments and a birthday cake will be served. We'll also be having a special showing of the 1983 Joe Jay Jalbert film "Rivals: Anatomy of the Downhill" which covers the 82-83 World Cup downhill season where the winner was not crowned until the last race - come find out who won! The film is recognized as one of the top 100 snowsports films.
A panel discussion on the equipment of the 10th Mountain Division