The Beaumier Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame are planning a Vintage Ski Day at Marquette Mountain on Saturday, Feb. 6. Participants will have an opportunity to go back in time and possibly win prizes while gliding down the hill on old skis or wearing retro ski apparel. Marquette Mountain will donate $5 to the museums for each person who buys a day ski pass in a vintage ski outfit.
The events will begin at 1 p.m., with a vintage ski race down Cliffs Ridge. Racers will receive a handicap based on their age and the age of their equipment. At 2 p.m., a vintage costume fashion show will start in front of the main lodge. A ski contest will follow at 3 p.m., with judges determining the oldest skis being used on the mountain. Throughout the day, Warren Miller films will be shown on TV monitors in the lodge and T-Bar. There will also be displays of ski equipment and memorabilia from the Hall of Fame’s collection. The evening will conclude with the Beaumier Coffee House Series. This free concert will feature performances by two Marquette folk groups, Great Lakes Graham & the Fiddleman and Wildhack.
The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center’s mission is to “celebrate the history and culture of the Upper Peninsula,” which it does though exhibitions and public programming. The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum is the only national hall of fame dedicated exclusively to skiing and snowboarding in America. It provides the ultimate and lasting recognition for those American skiers who excelled nationally and internationally as competitors or contributors to the advancement of skiing in all of its forms.