2017-03-15 / Arts & Entertainment

Sisters of Skade: Women in Maine Skiing 1870-2017

Ski Museum and Carrabassett Valley Public Library to celebrate Women’s History Month

KINGFIELD — In recognition of International Women’s History Month, the Ski Museum of Maine and the Carrabassett Valley Public Library will present Sisters of Skade: Women in Maine Skiing 1870- 2017 in the library’s Begin Room Saturday, March 18, at 4:30 pm. Skade (pronounced SKAH-da) is an ancient Norse goddess who is closely associated with hunting, mountains, winter and skiing. The program is free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

The evening’s program comprises two parts. Leigh Breidenbach, a Ski Museum director, will give a PowerPoint talk on the subject of women in Maine skiing from its inception in the late 19th century through the present day. The talk includes historic photos, ranging from recreational skiers to competitive champions.

“Maine skiing is filled with women who made skiing and snowboarding their profession, passion, and a corner stone of family life. The Sisters of Skade presentation in Carrabassett Valley is only the beginning of discovering and telling their stories. By the end of the evening I hope to be able to collect even more of this important history,” says Breidenbach.

The second part of the program will be a panel discussion conducted by Ski Museum executive director Theresa Shanahan. The panel will include women leaders — both past and present — in several fields of the sport and industry of skiing and snowboarding. To date Kate Punderson, Laurel Lashar and Dawn Pelletier will be sharing their stories and answering questions at this event. Other panelists are being considered as well.

“Maine women have always been in the vanguard of the sport and business of alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and snowboarding,” says Shanahan. “The Sisters of Skade lecture and follow-on discussion will form the foundation for the Ski Museum’s continued research and promotion of these Maine women’s accomplishments.”

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