October 20, 2013

Maine Ski Hall of Fame to induct 8 new members

Three former U.S. Ski Team members are included in the Class of 2013.

The Associated Press

AUBURN – The Maine Ski Hall of Fame is inducting eight new members for their contributions to skiing in Maine.

The 2013 class includes three U.S. Ski Team members, a high school ski coach, a freestyle skiing pioneer, a leader in Maine’s ski patrol, a founder of the Sugarloaf ski resort and a disabled skier.

An induction banquet is being held this Friday at Lost Valley ski area in Auburn.

This year’s inductees include Bruce Cole, who developed a freestyle skiing program at Pleasant Mountain in the 1970s; Gail Blackburn, the first female Alpine skier from Maine to make the U.S. Ski Team; Greg Poirier, a competitive skier who went to the 1980 Olympic trials; and Rand Stowell, who worked side-by-side with King Cummings to negotiate the purchase of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Other inductees are Craig Gay, who represented the U.S. In the Paralympics in Japan in 1980; Howard Paradis, longtime high school cross-country coach; Randy Kerr, a member of the U.S. cross-country ski team; and Will Farnham, who served as a patrol director at two ski areas and organized ski patrols at three others.

The reservation deadline is 4 p.m. Monday. More information is available on the museum’s website www.skimuseumofmaine.org .

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