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Retro racing: Pico hosts Vermont Antique Ski Race

Courtesy of the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum

Bring back the old! Vintage ski racing is back at Pico Mountain , Saturday, March 14.

“Reunion” recalls the early skiing era

KILLINGTON—Dust off those old wooden skis, your VR17s, or your Rossi Stratos and compete against Vermont’s finest!

The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum and Pico will host the annual Vermont Antique Ski Race, a fundraiser for the museum and a celebration of Pico’s and Vermont’s rich ski history. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 14, at Pico Mountain.

This race is also a chance for those interested in getting a taste of the past to test skis. Racers can register on race day from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the base lodge. Upon registering, the racer will choose to compete in one of four categories: Wood, Metal/Fiberglass, Long and Straight or Strictly Vintage. Racers cannot compete on shaped skis. Strictly Vintage registrants must have pre-1975 boots, bindings, and skis. The race, a two-run slalom, will begin at 11 a.m.

The Vermont Antique Ski Race has become “a reunion” as described by 1968 Olympian Rick Chaffee. In years past, participants of this fun race have included Rosie Fortna, Jimmy Cochran, Suzy Chaffee, Marilyn Cochran, Doug Lewis, and Cece Teague. Don’t be surprised to see other big names in this year’s event. This is a rare opportunity to share a race course with the best Vermont has produced.

Registration includes race and lunch. The race cost is $29, or $49 with a lift ticket. Awards will begin at 3 p.m. Prizes will be given to the three top male and female finishers in each category, best finishing team (who can dethrone the Brownsville Boys?), best vintage attire, and other special awards.

The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate Vermont skiing and snowboarding history. The museum is located in the center of Stowe village. For information visit www.vtssm.com.

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