From the start Cranmore has been building a race legacy in developing and training young racers to set high goals and focus on a long term development to reach their dreams. In the beginning days, Eastern Slope Ski Club Junior Program provided race training and hosted races drawing some of the best international racers of the decades. The club’s ESSC teams had dominated both team and individual competitions throughout the skiing circles of the United States and were widely known as a racing organization. The Gibson Cup Race was one of the most prestigious events during this era. Familiar racers during this period (1940 – 1965) were Paula Kann, Penny Pitou, Toni Matt, and Edi Mall. You have all heard the stories of these local Olympians, Tyler and Terry Palmer, David Currier, and Abbi Fisher who made their first turns in ESSC Junior Program.
Through the 70’s and 80’s Cranmore hosted many junior and senior ski races sponsored by ESSC and run by the Cranmore Ski Education Foundation. Up until this period race training was provided just about anywhere on the mountain that a course was set and races were usually held on the Arlberg or Rattlesnake trails. With the growth of skiing and more visitors to Cranmore it was obviously time to find an area designated to race training. What we know today as the Competition Hill was built and approved by USEASA to run Giant Slalom, Slalom, and Downhill during this period. In 1975 the Davis Building was constructed as a home for ESSC and a training facility for the Cranmore Ski Education Foundation and Kennett High School Ski Team. Due to the strong foundation and endeavors of the ESSC many young local skiers continue to advance to higher levels of ski racing; continuing on to the Kennett High School Ski Team, collegiate competition, and further recognition at national and international levels. Race training at Cranmore continued under the direction of the Cranmore Ski Education Foundation until the late 80’s.
The 90’s brought on the move from a club program to the Cranmore Race Team, a mountain sponsored program with Curt Bartlett as head coach. CRT developed a strong reputation finishing ahead of other local programs at BWL States. Other athletic achievements include Top 10 finishes in JIII Olympics, participation in Whistler Shoot-out, Topolino Games, Future Stars, and National JIII Development Camp in Park City. Cranmore hosted a speed camp and coach’s education session for BWL, USSA, and NHARA.
At the turn of the century (2000) the program saw continuous growth. The program was fortunate to receive corporate sponsorship from Kneissel/Strolz which allowed for additional snow guns for the Comp Hill, video analysis program, start tent and other additions to enhance our athletes’ training. Our athletes had a strong representation in youth ski racing across the state. During this period USSA coach’s training and parent education became a strong focus within the program. The highlight of 2010 was the announcement of former CRT member, Leanne Smith being named to the U.S. Olympic Alpine Team. Leanne is a homegrown kid from North Conway, NH, who learned to ski at Cranmore and is an alumnus of CRT, MWVST and Kennett High School Ski Team.
In 2012, U.S. Ski Association adopted the age change and moved into the U classifications. This resulted in the fourteen year old athlete transitioning into seeded racing as a U16. With these changes and a new program director it was the perfect opportunity to build a partnership with Mount Washington Valley Ski Team (MWVST). This partnership has allowed our U16 (age 14) athletes to have successful transition into the MWVST U16 program, and continuing to pursue racing throughout their high school years and beyond. Both CRT and MWVST currently have a very strong group of coaches with extensive backgrounds and experiences in developing athletes. Both groups are qualifying athletes into championship events at state, regional and national levels. Cranmore parents are very involved with the program continuing to learn more about racing each season. Our programs are recognized through the state and region.
Cranmore Race Team Mission Statement:
To provide a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all athletes by developing a lifelong passion for the sport of skiing. To provide each athlete with the opportunities to develop their skiing ability and racing skills in a positive competitive atmosphere. Our staff is dedicated to guide, encourage and motivate each athlete to accomplish his/her goals while establishing a foundation of skills with an emphasis on fun, education, mastering challenges, building camaraderie and respect in a mountain environment. We are committed to providing the best coaching, training, support and facilities for our athletes.
Our goal is to provide a program which allows each individual athlete to obtain his or hers goals in ski racing as they develop strong and proficient skills necessary for racing and continue to build a life time passion for the sport of skiing. We are excited about the direction and success we have accomplished over the last several seasons and continue to move forward and continuously evaluate and re-evaluate the needs of our program. Our program wants to provide guidance and opportunities to those just entering racing up to our most elite athletes.
To provide the best environment for each athlete to grow and nurture their love for skiing and ski racing by providing opportunities that will develop and build life time skills.
Our Core Values
- Empowerment - I will always put forth my BEST attitude each and every day.
- Respect - I live by the Golden Rule and exemplify good sportsmanship and teamwork
- Courage and Determination - I will set high goals and not be afraid to work extra hard to obtain my goals.
- Fun - without it, skiing gets old!