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Maine Ski Heritage Classic scheduled for Saturday, Feb 19

CARABASSETT VALLEY, ME (Thursday, Feb 17, 2011) - The fourth annual Maine Ski Heritage Classic is scheduled to be held at Sugarloaf on Saturday, February 19.  This annual event is a showcase of Maine’s rich ski history featuring photos, memorabilia and historic equipment.  

The Ski Museum of Maine will also set up its traveling exhibit in the Base Lodge from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The display features many Made in Maine equipment.  Members of the Ski Museum Board of Directors will be on hand to explain the exhibit and share the history of the Museum.  Items on display include historical pins, patches, photos, trail maps and a selection of skis from the early 1900’s through today. 

One of the highlights of the event is the on-snow vintage ski equipment and apparel expo. 

A trip down memory lane will be hosted by Glenn Parkinson, President of the Ski Museum of Maine and a Maine Ski Historian.  

There will be a display of his ski collection at the Landing and on the snow.  Everyone is invited to bring their classics or wear their vintage ski apparel for a group photo to be taken at 3 p.m. in front of the base lodge.  Several period outfits and classic ski equipment from the private collection of Glen and Donna Parkinson will highlight the afternoon show. This Vintage Ski & Clothing On-snow Expo takes place on The Landing, just outside the Sugarloaf Base Lodge. 

Sugarloaf Inn is auction site
Events move to the Sugarloaf Inn for an après ski reception and a fundraising auction.   The event is open to the public.  The silent auction featuring over 100 items on display from 4 to 6:30pm will be followed immediately by a live auction where dozens of unique items will go up for bid.  Some of the silent and live auction items include overnight ski packages, summer get-aways, rafting trips, dinner certificates, rounds of golf at courses around the state, gift baskets, gift certificates, apparel and much more. 

The evening culminates with the Big Event at 5:30 p.m.  The Keenan Auction Company takes center stage auctioning off a dozen of the most popular items.  Last year’s auction generated lively bidding on several items. The highest value item was donated by Sugarloaf and included the private rental of the Sugarloaf Passenger Snow Cat and driver for an hour of skiing on the mountain. The winner could choose either an early morning powder run, or a spectacular sunset “last run” on the mountain. Other hot items included dinner at Bullwinkle’s Restaurant with snow cat ride, a Chondola ride to North Peak at Sunday River for dinner, Ski/binding sets, Ski & Stay Packages at Sugarloaf, Sunday River, and Saddleback, and golf packages. 

The Ski Museum of Maine is located at 265 Main Street in downtown Kingfield on the second floor of the Sugarloaf Sports Outlet.  Winter hours are Monday thru Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.