The Wilmington Historical Society will present “Whiteface Ski History” at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, located in the Olympic Center, on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 pm.
The free presentation will include an overview of Wilmington’s Whiteface Mountain ski area history from the 1940s to the 1980 Olympics.
The slide show will explore the ski area’s original site at Marble Mountain, in 1948, and how Whiteface Ski Center became a much larger ski facility when it moved to its current site in 1958.
Presenters, Karen Peters, President of the Wilmington Historical Society, and former trustee, Guy Stephenson will discuss how early development planners, local skiers, and celebrities grew the region’s ski industry.
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by the Country Bear in Wilmington and beverages will be available. Those that attend will have an opportunity that evening to view the Lake Placid Olympic Museum’s new exhibit, Name Game: A History of Whiteface.
The Lake Placid Olympic Museum is located at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid. For more information, call the Wilmington Historical Society at (518) 420-8370 or the museum at (518) 302-5326.
Photo: the original Whiteface Ski Resort, T-bar lift up Marble Mountain, 1950’s, courtesy of the Wilmington Historical Society postcard collection.