First Ski School in America - Sugar Hill, NH
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 44° 13.529 W 071° 46.132
19T E 278848 N 4900645
Quick Description: Near this location was the first ski school in this country.
Location: New Hampshire, United States
Date Posted: 8/26/2015 6:23:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMPG71
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:
In Sugar Hill, along NH Route 117, is this historical sign for the first ski school in America.

The sign is located at the eastern intersection of Lovers Lane, in a traffic island.

The sign has the following:

"First Ski School in America
In 1929, on the slopes of the hill to the east, Austrian-born Sig Buchmayr established the first organized ski school in the United States. Sponsored by Peckett's-on-Sugar Hill, one of the earliest resorts to promote the joys of winter vacationing in the snow, the school provided an initial impetus to the ski sport America knows today."

From a ski history web site:

"1929—Peckett’s-on-Sugar Hill ski school, near Franconia, NH, founded by Katharine “Kate” Peckett to become the first resort based ski school in the U.S. Two German instructors taught that first year followed, in 1930, by the Duke Dimitri von Leuchtenberg. In 1931, Sig Buchmayr joined him and became school director the following year when the Duke left. Kate Peckett brought in more European instructors, e.g. the Marquis Nicholas degli Albizzi, or just “The Markee,” and Austrians Harold Suiter, Harold Paumgarten and Kurt Thalhammer to teach the Arlberg system. Among pupils were Nelson Rockefeller, Averell Harriman, Lowell Thomas, Minot Dole and Roger Peabody. (Adler Congress paper p17)"

Sources:

Newhampshire.com (First Ski School in America)
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skiinghistory.org (Timeline):
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Marker Name: First Ski School in America

Official Marker Number: 73

Marker Type: Official NH State

Marker Location: Sugar Hill

Date Marker Established: 1/1/1971

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