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Slideshow: Once Upon a Mountain

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PRIDE OF RUMFORDSkiers with Scandinavian backgrounds strongly favored cross-country and jumping events, eschewing flashier alpine pursuits. Drawn by…

PRIDE OF RUMFORD

Skiers with Scandinavian backgrounds strongly favored cross-country and jumping events, eschewing flashier alpine pursuits. Drawn by work at local paper mills, many such immigrants settled in New England towns. Here, high-school sophomore Aurele Legere, winner of a jumping contest at Rumford, Maine’s 1935 Winter Carnival, poses with his skis. The event drew 5,000 spectators-a bigger audience than most North American World Cup races see today. Photo courtesy of The New England Ski Museum Collection

A SIMPLER TIME An early view of Vermont's Pico Peak, shown here,  demonstrates the ups and downs of postwar skiing. Grooming clearly had a ways to…

A SIMPLER TIME

An early view of Vermont’s Pico Peak, shown here, demonstrates the ups and downs of postwar skiing. Grooming clearly had a ways to go, but on the plus side, parking close to the T-bar was a breeze. Photo courtesy of The New England Ski Museum Collection

LIKE MAGIC Swiss instructor Hans Thorner takes flight from the roof of the Glen House in Pinkham Notch, N.H., where he ran a ski school in the late…

LIKE MAGIC

Swiss instructor Hans Thorner takes flight from the roof of the Glen House in Pinkham Notch, N.H., where he ran a ski school in the late ’30s. ‘I don’t think it was very successful,’ says New England Ski Museum Executive Director Jeff Leich. ‘There were no lifts.’ Thorner later owned an inn in Franconia, N.H., made ski movies and, in 1960, founded Vermont’s Magic Mountain-one of the first U.S. ski areas to feature a European-style village at its base. Photo courtesy of The New England Ski Museum Collection

A SIMPLER TIME In the late '20s, skiing was largely a fair-weather sport, practiced by fashionable people. The airborne gentleman was likely an…

A SIMPLER TIME

In the late ’20s, skiing was largely a fair-weather sport, practiced by fashionable people. The airborne gentleman was likely an instructor who would have had social as well as athletic duties, says museum director Leich. ‘I don’t know any-body who skis in a tie anymore,’ he adds. Photo courtesy of The New England Ski Museum Collection

A SIMPLER TIME Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H., hosted the first American slalom race in 1925. A photo from a race of that era depicts a skier…

A SIMPLER TIME

Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H., hosted the first American slalom race in 1925. A photo from a race of that era depicts a skier turning around a ‘gate’ marked by a pine sapling in the snow. Slalom was originally imported by British skiers who had been exposed to the event in Switzerland. Photo courtesy of The New England Ski Museum