World Cup Skiing in Maine

1971 World Cup Parade of Nations, Carrabassett Valley

1971 World Cup Parade of Nations, Carrabassett Valley

Sugarloaf — a small ski area by European standards — entered ski racing history in 1971 by hosting an event that was part of the World Cup Alpine Ski Championships. The “Tall Timber Classic,” as the event was known, had a decidedly Maine flavor.

Thirteen nations sent ski racers to compete at the World Cup at Sugarloaf. This image shows the “Parade of Nations” at the beginning of the opening ceremonies. The signs with the nation’s names are being carried by young members of the Sugarloaf Junior Ski Racing Competition Program. The countries represented were USA, Canada, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Norway, Poland, Brazil, Great Britain, Lichtenstein, and Australia.

We hope you’ll join us tomorrow at noon for a winter-themed presentation by the Ski Museum of Maine about this event — chronicled in their brand new exhibit on Maine Memory — and ski racing history in general in the state.

View the online exhibit, World Alpine Ski Racing in Maine.

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