Proctor Academy Skiing: A Photo History

Proctor Academy ‘keeper of the flame,’ school historian and documentarian, Chuck Will, posted an interesting photo collection documenting Proctor’s connections to skiing.

It’s a quintessentially Chuck piece in that, even if you know a bit about Proctor, parts of it makes you say: ‘wow, I didn’t know that.’

In my case, I’ve been on the Proctor campus bunches of times- for meetings and as an opposing coach- but I had no understanding of Proctor’s ski history.

Proctor traces its skiing roots (as many boarding school stories do) to the vision and commitment of a singular faculty member, Roland Burbank who came to Proctor from Dartmouth in the mid-1930′s. Chucks photos take viewers through skiing’s beginning right to today’s snowmaking with some hints at future Blackwater mountain improvements. (PA)

Did you know that at one time Proctor marketed itself as the “School on Skis.” Check-out the school seal (above) from the 1940′s through the 1960′s.

Today, 52% of Proctor students participate in skiing or riding on the mountain. And, from the I had no idea file, Proctor’s Blackwater Mountain hosts “Bow, Concord, Kearsarge and Hopkinton High Schools, as well as Colby-Sawyer College”…[the mountain] is “home to seven high school jumping programs and four Nordic programs.” (PA)

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