N.H. the birthplace of American skiing – an unbroken lineage of Olympians

The 1935-36 Dartmouth Ski Team: Warren Chivers (1936 Olympics); Howard Porter Chivers; Jack R. Durrance; coach Walter Prager, one time Swiss all-around champion and twice international downhill champion; Richard Henry Durrance (1936 Olympics); Stephen Joseph Bradley; and David John Bradley. Photo by Ralph W. Brown, Hanover, New Hampshire
The Richard Taft Racing Trail at Cannon Mountain – the first downhill skill trail in the country cut specifically for skiing. The first ski trails were treacherously narrow. The Taft became a favorite because of its width and pitch. Photo courtesy of the New England Ski Museum Collection
The first giant slalom race in the United States was in Tuckerman’s Ravine on April 4, 1937. Dick Durrance changed the course at the last minute to the right gully due to recent avalanche activity as seen in the two paths that appear at center. Photo courtesy of New England Ski Museum Collection

“Snow helps strip away the things that don’t matter. It leaves us thinking of little else but the greatness of nature, the place of our souls within it, and the dazzling whiteness that lies ahead.” – Charlie English

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