Governor Peter Shumlin arrived at the Vermont Ski Museum in Stowe yesterday to sign Bill H.365 that designates Skiing and Snowboarding as Vermont’s official state sports.
See GS (even the Gov’s initials relate to skiing and snowboarding) here
Apparently, the proposal to designate Skiing and Snowboarding as Vermont’s official state sports originated with a group of 5th and 6th graders in Swanton, Vermont. Now in high school, these skiing and riding grooms have spent the past four years working the channels of democracy to get this bill passed. High fives all around for their perseverance! Hard to believe, given the significant economic and lifestyle impact the snow sports industry has on the State of Vermont, this idea did not surface sooner.
NUMEROUS “FIRST’S” FOR SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING HAVE OCCURRED IN VERMONT, INCLUDING:
- The nation’s first ski area opened near Woodstock when the first rope tow ski lift was installed on Clinton Gilbert’s farm in 1934.
- The nation’s first ski race was held on Mount Mansfield in 1934.
- The nation’s first J-bar lift was installed at Bromley in 1936.
- The nation’s first ski patrol was established at Stowe in 1936.
- The nation’s first T-bar lift was installed at Pico Peak Ski Area in 1940.
- The nation’s first major chair lift was installed at the Stowe Ski Area in 1940.
- In 1982, the Suicide Six Resort was the first resort in the United States to allow snowboarding.
- In 1952, Rutland’s Andrea Mead-Lawrence, became the first American woman to win two Olympic gold medals in skiing.
- Stowe’s Billy Kidd won silver at the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics.
- Barbara Anne Cochran won gold in the 1972 winter Olympics. Go ski Cochran’s Ski Area in Richmond some and see the medal for yourself!
- Bill Koch, nordic skier from Brattleboro, skied in four Olympics—1976, 1980, 1984 and 1992. Koch won the 1976 silver medal, a first for an American Nordic skier.
- Hannah Kearney of Norwich won gold in the women’s freestyle skiing event at the 2010 Olympics
- In 2002, Vermont Snowboarders Ross Powers and Kelly Clark stand atop both the men’s and women’s podium taking gold medals in Olympic half-pipe competition. Kelly also took home a bronze at the 2010 Olympic half pipe competition.
- Hannah Teeter wins gold at the 2006 and a silver at 2010 Olympic half pipe competition.