The Hannes Schneider Meister Cup March 6-7 commemorates the roots of New England skiing, the history of a venerable resort, and raises money to benefit the New England Ski Museum.
The race is named after Hannes Schneider, a driving force in the development of skiing in America, who came to North Conway in 1939 as director of the Mt. Cranmore Ski School. Schneider fled Europe as Germany fell into the dark days of Nazi rule and the continent spiraled down into war.
Jeff Leich of the New England Ski Museum said, "The Hannes Schneider Meister Cup is unlike any ski race in history. It combines the best of skiing today with the warm nostalgia of yesterday. It honors the founding father of ski instruction, Austrian Hannes Schneider, who brought his world-renowned skills to North Conway and Mt. Cranmore in 1939. Schneider introduced skiing fun and excitement to millions around the globe.
"Hannes Schneider was a mountain soldier himself in World War I, so it is fitting that the Schneider Race pay tribute to America's mountain troops. Each year 10th Mountain Division veterans of World War II, and the Color Guard and soldiers of the active duty 10th Mountain Division of Fort Drum, New York take part in this memorable event," Leich said.
He said, "Your participation in this event helps fund the collection and conservation of our skiing heritage exhibited at the New England Ski Museum for the purpose of research, education, and entertainment. Located at the foot of Cannon Mountain in Franconia, NH, this important museum offers an archive of skiing history with colorful exhibits, an extensive library, and growing collections of ski-related artifacts."
Register at the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup page on the New England Ski Museum Web site.
Participation is open to anyone who can make turns on lower intermediate terrain, on alpine, nordic or telemark skis, snowboard, or on adaptive equipment.
Teams of five skiers in any of the above disciplines may race. Individual entrants will be placed on teams by ability level as indicated on the entry form. Total team time will be calculated by adding each team member's best-of-two timed runs. The names of the winning team, and the fastest male and female finishers will be engraved on the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup permanent trophy.
Other categories include the Carroll Reed Cup for snowsports industry teams; 10th Mountain Division category for veteran or active-duty mountain soldier teams; and the fastest male and female racers in five-year age classes.
Leich said vintage skiwear is encouraged.
Fee: $375 for five-person teams; $75 for individual racers. Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. March 5.