The 30th annual Carter’s Last Stand Nordic Day is set for Thursday, Jan. 1 at Carter’s X-C Ski Center in Bethel. This year the event will benefit the Ski Museum of Maine and honor the legacy of David Carter, a recent inductee in the Maine Ski Hall of Fame. The full schedule of events includes the choice of an interpretive snowshoe tour with a forest biologist, uphill Nordic ski climb to the top of Farwell Mountain, guided cross-country ski tour along the Androscoggin River or a kids’ x-country ski and snowshoe activity.
A hearty lunch of chili, chowder and soup will be served followed by the Ski Museum of Maine’s Fireside Chat, “Maine’s Nordic Skiing Heritage – 1870 to the Present.” The day will be capped off by the drawing for the Great Ski and Sport Shop Raffle with over $1,000 worth of prizes. Admission fee for the Nordic Ski Day is $25 for adults, $15 for juniors 6-18 and free for ages 5 and under. The price includes a trail pass, lunch, choice of activities and fireside chat. Reservations are encouraged and can be made in advance by phoning (207) 539-4848.
Sadly, Dave Carter passed away earlier this year. However, his wife, Anne, will be honoring his memory and his contributions to the sport of Nordic skiing by continuing to hold the race he established in 1985. Says Anne Carter, “Our family is happy to honor the memory of my husband Dave by hosting the annual Carter’s Last Stand New Year’s Day event. Dave had an extensive collection of old wooden to modern day Nordic equipment. We hope that the Ski Museum will be able to preserve and display his collection at its satellite museum planned to open in Bethel in 2015.”
Founded in 1995, the Ski Museum of Maine is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established with the mission to celebrate and preserve the history and heritage of Maine skiing. The Ski Museum exhibits artifacts, photographs, artworks, and documents at its location in Kingfield, conducts educational programs to ski clubs, schools, libraries, historical and civic organizations, and hosts social events and activities throughout the year. Information on the Ski Museum of Maine is available online at www.skimuseumofmaine.org.