“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.
The 4th Annual John Roderick Marathon was held at Black Mountain Ski Resort on February 6th with 28 competitors. Skiers competed in either Classical or Freestyle 30K and 15K. In the 30K Men's Freestyle, Dave Murphy from Bartlett, New Hampshire won the gold with a time of 1:30:02. Brett Deyling of Livermore, Maine captured the silver with a time of 1:46:53. Earning the bronze was Robert Faltus of Watertown, Massachusetts, finishing in 1:48:10.
Fiona Ahearne, with her grandmother cheering her on, earned gold in the 2016 Women's Sassi Memorial Classical at Black Mountain Ski Resort on January 30th. Ahearne, who skis for Maine Coast Waldorf (formerly Merriconeag), finshed the 5K course in 17:16.3 to take the gold.
Carter McPhedran and Cloe Sisson won the boys and girls 2016 Jr. Sassi 3K Classical at Black Mountain Ski Resort on Januray 30th. McPhedran, skiing for Maranacook, crossed the finish line ahead of the pack in a time of 10:07.2.
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.
The Mt. Blue Cougar Men had the brooms out at Black Mountain Ski Resort as they swept the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conferences' overall team ski championship on February 11th. The Farmington team, led by Tucker Barber and Liam Welch in the nordic classical and Kyle Farrington in the Giant Slalom, easily outdistanced runner-up Maranacook and third place Oxford Hills. The Cougars also brought home the Nordic and Alpine Championships.