CONWAY — The New England Ski Museum’s annual Hannes Schneider Meister Cup — set for Cranmore Mountain Resort March 6-8 — combines the best of skiing today with the warm nostalgia of yesterday.

It honors the founding father of ski instruction, Austrian Hannes Schneider (1890-1955), who was released from Nazi custody and brought his world-renowned skills to North Conway and Mount Cranmore in 1939. Schneider introduced skiing fun and excitement to millions around the globe. Schneider was a mountain soldier himself in World War I, so it is fitting that the Schneider Race pays tribute to America’s mountain troops. Each year 10th Mountain Division veterans and active duty troops take part in this event.

Participation 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, with annex exhibits at Bretton Woods, the state’s Scenic Vista in Intervale and North Conway’s Eastern Slope Inn, the museum offers an archive of skiing history with colorful exhibits, an extensive library and growing collections of ski-related artifacts. Admission to the museum and its annex exhibits is free of charge.

To register a team, go to the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup page on the ski museum website, www.skimuseum.org. They have all the information on how to register and eligibility. If you can ski around a few gates on intermediate terrain, you are welcome to participate in the race. Register online at www.skimuseum.org or call the museum at (800) 639-4181

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 6: Event registration is 4-7 p.m. and a welcome reception and buffet dinner starts at 5 p.m. The evenings events also include a social up- and down- mountain ski tour, 5-7 p.m.  and a torchlight parade at 8 p.m.

Saturday March 7: Event registration is 7:30-9 a.m. and a continental breakfast will be available. Opening ceremonies are at 9:15 a.m., followed by the Meister Cup Race at  10 a.m. The days events also include a silent auction, ice carving and ski racing awards, lunch and après ski  bratwurst, and a performance by the Bavarian Brothers.

Sunday, March 8: A ski history conversation: “Carroll P. Reed and skiing in Mount Washington Valley,” at the Eastern Slope Inn 9:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will be provided.

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