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Maine skiing legend ‘Chummy’ Broomhall dies at 98

PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:10 am
by MBRer
Black Mountain in Rumford has become one of Maine’s best values

... Since its founding over 50 years ago, Black Mountain has largely made its bones as a Nordic skiing destination. The cross-country network, laid out by Maine Ski Hall of Famer and two-time Olympian Chummy Broomhall, is recognized by both recreational and competitive skiers as one of the best Nordic networks in the country. Over its lifetime, the resort has hosted national biathlon and cross-country championships a number of times.

While the cross-country reputation of Black Mountain soared, the tiny alpine area felt like an afterthought. A single T-bar climbed less than 500 vertical feet, serving a handful of trails. Back in the 1960s, a line was cut for a summit T-bar, but the lift never materialized. In the ’90s, a plan to purchase a chairlift for the area faltered. Black Mountain of Maine seemed destined to keep its small footprint, a community slope in the center of the triangle made by Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Saddleback in Maine’s western mountains. ... st-values/

Maine skiing legend ‘Chummy’ Broomhall dies at 98

PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:37 am
by Tom Nolette
Maine skiing legend ‘Chummy’ Broomhall dies at 98
He was a two-time Olympian and a force behind the development of Black Mountain ski area in Rumford.

...“The competition, of course,” Broomhall said. “Before the war, I was probably the top cross-country skier there,” Broomhall said. “I won a lot of races.”

Broomhall competed in the 1948 Winter Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and in the 1952 Games in Oslo, Norway.

In 1960, the United States was hosting the Winter Olympics, and Broomhall was, by default, the country’s expert.

“In 1960, there wasn’t anybody around there that did anything about cross-country (skiing), so they made me the American representative to Federation of International Ski – the world governing body,” he said.

Broomhall designed the trails for the Olympics in 1960, and again at Lake Placid in 1980, and was chief of competition for both events. In 1960, Broomhall became the first to use mechanized equipment to groom trails, a job previously performed by feet and hand-held rakes. ... ies-at-98/

Re: Maine skiing legend ‘Chummy’ Broomhall dies at 98

PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:02 am
by Tom Nolette
Chummy Broomhall remembered - Bill Green ... /504164539