Legends of the Thunderbolt

Many have left tracks on the Thunderbolt, but few are remembered today. These few are truly legends.

Alex-Bright.jpgAlex Bright

  • Founder and member of Ski Club Hochgebirge in Boston, MA (1930)
  • Member of 1936 Olympic Downhill Ski Team 
  • 1940 Mass. State Downhill Champion at age 42*
  • Initiated and promoted the first ever ski area gondola on Cannon Mountain in 1938
  • Raced for 30 years after World War II
  • Worked as a broker in Boston

 

Bob-Livermore.jpgBob Livermore

  • Founder and member of Ski Club Hochgebirge in Boston, MA (1930)
  • Member of the 1936 Olympic Team
  • 1940 Eastern Amateur Downhill Champion*
  • Graduate of Harvard University

 

 

 

Dick-Durrance.jpgDick Durrance

  • Member of the Dartmouth College Outing Club
  • Member of the 1936 Olympic Downhill Ski Team
  • 1935 Mass. State Downhill Champion*
  • 5th place in the 1938 Eastern Amateur Downhill Championship*
  • Winner of 17 national titles
  • Known as "the man on the medal" due to his image gracing the National Downhill Championship Medal
  • Moved to Garmisch, Germany and raced as a child before returning to the United States to attend Dartmouth
  • Played a key role in the development of the ski resorts at Alta, Aspen and Sun Valley
  • Was a film-maker later in life

  

Ted-Hunter.jpgTed Hunter

  • Member of the Dartmouth College Outing Club
  • Member of the 1936 and 1940 Olympic Downhill Ski Teams (due to World War II the 1940 Olympics were cancelled)
  • 3rd place in the 1935 Mass. State Downhill Championship*
  • 2nd place in the 1938 Eastern Amateur Downhill Championship*
  • 1939 Mass. State Downhill Champion*
  • 6th place in the 1940 Eastern Amateur Downhill Championship*

 

Jarvis-Schauffler.jpgJarvis Schauffler

  • Member of the Amherst College Outing Club
  • Member of the 1936 Olympic Downhill Ski Team
  • 9th place in the 1935 Mass. State Downhill Championship*
  • 1936 Mass. State Downhill Champion*
  • 2nd place in the 1940 Mass. State Downhill Championship*
  • 13th place in the 1940 Eastern Amateur Downhill Championship*

  

Jarvis-and-Sandy-Schauffler.jpgSandy Schauffler

  • Member of the Amherst College Outing Club
  • Member of the 1940 Olympic Downhill Ski Team (due to World War II the 1940 Olympics were cancelled)
  • 6th place in the 1935 Mass. State Downhill Championship*
  • 2nd place in the 1936 Mass. State Downhill Championship*
  • 4th place in the 1938 Mass. State Downhill Championship*
  • 19th place in the 1940 Eastern Championship race*

  

Per Klippgen

  • Member of the Norwegian Olympic Downhill Ski Team
  • 1948 Eastern Amateur Downhill Champion*
  • Set the current Thunderbolt record at 2 minutes 8.6 seconds in the 1948 Eastern Amateur Downhill Championship

 

Toni-Matt.jpgToni Matt

  • Member of the Eastern States Ski Club (F.I.S.)
  • 1939 United States Downhill Champion
  • 1st in the 1939 and 1940 Mt. Greylock Trophy Races*
  • 10th Mountain Division veteran of World War II
  • Schussed the headwall of Tuckerman’s Ravine in the 1939 American Inferno Race on Mt. WashingtonToni-Matt-tuck.jpg
  • Family friends with the Konieczny’s from Adams
  • Stayed at the Konieczny farm when he skied on Mt. Greylock

 

 

 

 

Rudy-Konieczny.jpgRudy Konieczny

  • Originally a member of the Thunderbolt Ski Club but then formed the Ski Runners of Adams with Greeny Guertin circa 1938
  • 16th in the 1938 Eastern Amateur Downhill Championship*
  • 2nd place in 1938 Mass. State Downhill Championship race on the Thunderbolt*
  • Competed in the 1938 National Championship race on Mt. Mansfield’s Nose Dive trail
  • 1st place in the 1938 Thunderbolt Time Trial Race*Rudy-Skiing.jpg
  • 8th place in the 1939 Mass. State Downhill Championship*
  • 2nd place in the 1939 Mt. Greylock Trophy Race*
  • 2nd place in the 1939 Giant Slalom*
  • 8th place in the 1940 Eastern Amateur Downhill Championship*
  • Member of the Ski Runners of Adams team that won the 1st Place Team. Trophy in the 1939 and 1940 Mass. State Downhill Championship race*
  • Invited to try out for the FIS(Olympic) team in 1939 but broke his leg before try-outs
  • 10th Mountain Division veteran of World War II.  KIA April 17th, 1945 in Italy

 

Greeny-Guertin.jpgMaurice "Greeny" Guertin

  • Originally a member of the Thunderbolt Ski Club but then formed the Ski Runners of Adams with Rudy Konieczny circa 1938
  • Captain of the Ski Runners of Adams
  • 26th place in the 1938 Eastern Amateur Downhill Championship*
  • 6th place in the 1938 Mass. State Downhill Championship*
  • 12th place in the 1939 Mass. State Downhill Championship*
  • 1st place in the 1939 Thunderbolt Time Trial*
  • 3rd place in the 1939 Mt. Greylock Trophy Race*
  • 4th place in the 1939 Giant Slalom*Greeny-Skiing.jpg
  • 36th in the 1940 Eastern Amateur Downhill Championship*
  • 11th place in the 1940 Greylock Trophy Race*
  • 13th place in the 1940 Mass. State Downhill Championship*
  • Member of the Ski Runners of Adams team that won the 1st Place Team Trophy in the 1939 and 1940 Mass. State Downhill Championship races*

  

Bill-Linscott.jpgBill Linscott

  • Member of the Thunderbolt Ski Club
  • 1942 Mass. State Downhill Champion*
  • Raced the 1939 Thunderbolt Time Trial at the age of 13
  • 10th Mountain Division veteran of World War II
  • Member of Mt. Greylock Advisory Council after the war
  • Prime mover in the 1999 restoration of the Thunderbolt Ski Shelter
  • Member of the 10th Mountain Division Association

 

Footnotes

Items marked with a * were held on the Thunderbolt
Mass. State Champions
1935 – Dick Durrance – Dartmouth Outing Club
1936 – Jarvis Schauffler – Amherst Outing Club
1937 – No state championship race due to lack of snow, races moved to Mt. Mansfield
1938 – Peter Garret – Yale Outing Club
1939 – Ted Hunter – Dartmouth Outing Club
1940 – Alex Bright – Ski Club Hochgebirge
1941 – Charles McLane – Dartmouth Outing Club
1942 – Bill Linscott – Thunderbolt Ski Club
1946 – Victor Constant – West Point Outing Club
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