“It’s only a little club . . . but we do big things.” - Chummy Broomhall
Chisholm Ski Club is located at Black Mountain of Maine Ski Area in Rumford, Maine. The Club has a rich tradition which dates back to the early days of the 20th century at its Spruce Street location and its mid 1900's days at Scottie's Mountain. Over the years the Club has hosted several world class nordic skiing events, including the 1950 World Championships, 1976 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1991 National Biathlon Championships, 1993 US Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1993 U.S. Masters Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1996 National Junior Olympics, 1996 Chevy Truck U.S. Nationals, the 1999 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championship, the 2003 Chevy Truck US Cross Country Championships, the 2004 Chevrolet US Cross Country Championships, the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, the 2010 USCSA National Championships, and the 2011 and 2012 US Cross Country Championships.
With the winter fast approaching, the Chisholm Ski Club has been busily preparing for the upcoming season by working on improvements to both the trails and the stadium.
When racers hit the course for the first time they will notice a slight change to top of High School Hill. This change has created a more gradual and appropriate transition from the uphill climb to the downhill on the opposite side of the climb. Much clearing, rock removal, and raking has created a welcomed change for racers.
Members have also been doing a lot of week wacking in the stadium area, particularly around the high school waxing building. Improvements have also been made to the exterior of race headquarters, which has received a new deck and a fresh coat of paint on the exterior.
The racing schedule is again a very busy one and volunteers are always needed with jobs both inside and outside.
On the last day of the 2014-15 Nordic racing season, the Chisholm Ski Club honored Herb Adams with the naming of the Start/Finish line in his honor. Here is the text of the presentation made by our announcer, Craig Zurhorst.
As I think back of all the races that we have hosted in Rumford, it amazes me what the Chisholm Ski Club and Black Mountain Ski Area have done for the River Valley Area through volunteerism. This started in the early 1900’s with the facilities on Spruce Street in Rumford, moving on to Scotty’s Mountain on the edge of town after World War II, and then on to the Glover Farm and our current location at Black Mountain in 1960.
There is so much history with the club and ski area in the River Valley and we have held some incredible events over the last 90+years. In 1950 Rumford became famous world wide for successfully staging the World Cross Country Ski Championships on a 48-hour notice. In 1951, the tryouts for the US Cross Country Ski Team were held in Rumford. In addition to these major competitions, we have since hosted National Biathlon Championships, U.S. Masters Cross Country Skiing Championships, National Junior Olympics, Chevy Truck U.S. Nationals, NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, Chevy Truck US Cross Country Championships, USCSA National Championships, and most recently the 2011 and 2012 US Cross Country Ski Championships. The list goes on and on.