The New England Ski Museum’s presentation of its Spirit of Skiing award to US Olympic and pro skier and honored member of the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Tyler Palmer is just weeks away. The event will take place on November 2, 2013 at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel beginning at 5 PM. Tickets to the event are still available at a cost of $65 per person from the ski museum at 603-823-7177.
The Spirit of Skiing award, now in its eighth year, recognizes a person or organization that has contributed to the sport of skiing in a way that evokes the famous line by noted ski coach Otto Schneibs that “skiing is not just a sport, it is a way of life.” Otto, well-loved by his ski teams of the 1930s and 1940s, expanded on that definition in the 1938-39 American Ski Annual. “Skiing is first,” he wrote, “a means of developing one’s bodily machine to health; second, a means through recreation to happiness; and last, an emotional outlet for highly impulsive characters.”
Otto Schniebs when he was Dartmouth ski coach in the 1930s
There was a time in his life when Schneibs’ description of skiers as impetuous characters might have fit Tyler Palmer. He credits his teammates on the US ski team, particularly Billy Kidd, Spider Sabich, and Jimmy Huega with helping him develop the focus that allowed him to reach international success. Throughout his teens, Tyler pushed himself hard to compete with his younger brother Terry, who was winning races and beating everyone in Tyler’s age class.
Tiger Shaw, newly named CEO of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) will be attending the dinner. In a recent discussion Palmer recalled his first awareness of Tiger Shaw at a race when he was immensely impressed by the way the 9-year-old Shaw arced his skis through a course.
A compact silent auction will be part of the dinner, with prizes that include the use of two USSA Gold Passes for three consecutive days in the upcoming season; a World Cup Supply ladies jacket; a Garnet Hill queen sized flannel sheet and comforter cover set; four two-pound live New England lobsters and two pounds fresh Essex steamer clams chilled and shipped overnight; a one night stay at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont for two with cross-country ski passes; and ski area lift tickets for the 2013-14 season from Pat’s Peak, Attitash, Wildcat, Sunapee and Ski NH.
New England Ski Museum
is located at Exit 34B, Interstate 93
next to the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway in Franconia Notch State Park.
The Museum also maintains satellite exhibits at the Intervale Scenic vista in Intervale, in the lobby of the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway, NH and at Bretton Woods Mountain Resort in Bretton Woods, NH.