Third Annual Vermont Antique Ski Race Benefits Vermont Ski Museum

By AlpineZone News |
Dec 07 2005 - 11:09 AM

BROWNSVILLE, Vermont ??” Vintage skis from the 1930s-1950s and historical ski periodicals will be on display as part of the Third Annual Vermont Antique Ski Race to benefit the Vermont Ski Museum, slated for Sunday, March 19, 2006 at Ascutney. In addition, the Second Annual Cochran Memorial Lollipop Race will be held, a race started by Mickey Cochran at Ascutney.

Racers are encouraged to don their vintage clothing, leather boots and equipment and navigate a special NASTAR-style race course set on the Screaming Eagle trail, known to many old-timers as Main Slope. The course is set with a mix of red and blue bamboo poles and the once-common yellow bamboo slalom pole, and skiers compete in two categories: Woodie and Metal-Fiberglass. Technicians will be on hand with vintage skis mounted with modern bindings for those who aren’t lucky enough to still own a pair of classics.

As in year’s past, competitors will be chasing times posted by former celebrity Olympian and U.S. Ski Team members like past participants: Marilyn Cochran, Rick Chaffee, Cece Tegue, Mike Gallager, Martha Rockwell, Bob Gray, Tim Caldwell, Mike Holland and Trina Hosmer.

For kids, the Lollipop tradition continues. Along with his wife Ginny, Cochran introduced the Lollipop Race in the 1950s at Ascutney as a fun way for children to learn to ski. Every child skied away a winner and with a lollipop. Cochran’s children, Marilyn, Barbara Ann, Bobby, and Lindy, learned to ski at Ascutney and later went on to Olympic fame. Today, their children Jimmy Cochran and Kaylin Richardson continue their family’s tradition as current members of the U.S. Ski Team.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the main base lodge. Racers must don vintage clothing and/or equipment. An apres ski party after the race will include awards, for traditional and not-so-traditional categories. Proceeds from the race will be donated to benefit the Museum. For more information about the Vermont Antique Ski Race or to make a donation to the Vermont Ski Museum, contact Meredith Scott at the Vermont Ski Museum at 802.253.9911 or Bill Henne, director of marketing at Ascutney, 802.484-3609 or [email][/email].