Bromley Mountain celebrates Skiing History Day

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PERU — Dig out those stretch pants, runaway straps and bamboo poles of yesteryear to celebrate Skiing History Day at Bromley Mountain ski resort on Saturday.

The celebration starts 11:30 a.m. in the base area with a vintage ski wear parade, which is open to all participants. Wax nostalgic for the retro ski attire of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s during this walk down memory lane. After the parade, a noontime buffet at the Stratton View Room awaits participants, Bromley notables and members of the International Skiing History Association.

Luncheon attendees, who are encouraged to wear vintage attire, will receive one raffle ticket for the grand prize: a pair of skis donated by Bromley's Potter Brothers Ski Shop and other ski gear donated by area shops, including Bradley's Pro Shop and Equipe Sport.

With the $20 online prepayment for the lunch buffet, guests qualify for an advance purchase of a $57 lift ticket for that day. It regularly sells for $87.

At 12:30 p.m., step back into Bromley Mountain's 81-year history with a presentation by Manchester Historical Society Executive Director Shawn Harrington, Board Member Bill Badger and the resort's longtime public relations maven Kit Chamberlain. Bromley was one of the earliest ski hills to operate in the country, spanning the eras of rope tows, j-bars and high-speed quads.

The day also includes a free vintage ski-equipment exhibit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the base lodge. The collection, owned by Bromley's own Heino Nowak, is comprised of historic gear dating back a century. Vintage film and still photos compiled by Bob Ellis will also run on the big screen.

ISHA representatives will be handing out free copies of Skiing History magazine along with information about joining the international nonprofit organization. In addition to publishing Skiing History six times a year in print and online, ISHA also maintains skiinghistory.org, the most extensive website on the sport's history. The organization also presents annual awards for lifetime achievement and the year's best ski history books, films and creative media.

Bromley Mountain Resort is located at 3984 Vermont Route 11 in Peru.

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