The New Hampshre Ski Club was originally established as an adjunct of the New Hampshire College Alumni Association, now Southern NH University. The original trips were annual alumni events organized by Ken Preve in his capacity as Alumni director. The first trips were only Friday to Sunday weekend bus trips to Canada’s Eastern Provinces and Laurentians. On those trips we stayed in Sherbrooke and skied Mt Bromont, Orford or Sutton and Owls Head. Next the bus trips were expanded to 3 days and soon we ventured to stay in Montreal to ski Bromont, Tremblant and Owls Head. The village at Tremblant did not exist at that time, so we had to ski from the south side of the mountain. At that time there were between 40 and 80 alumni and friends who participated in the weekend trips. In the late eighty’s we began traveling to Quebec staying at the Concord and taking in Le Carnival, at that time we only skied Mt. St Anne, until we discovered Le Massif. As Quebec trips continued we stayed at Mt St. Anne; and in later years we stayed at Le Frontenac.
In 1992 Ken Preve, still Alumni director at NH College, and with the assistance of Hank Croteau, who became the clubs first president, Tom Space and Victor Snowdon decided to organize the New Hampshire Ski Club. The purpose of the club was to promote skiing and provide the synergy of a large organization that could negotiate discounted ski passes. Initially the club met at the “Granite St. Bar & Grille, now Jillian’s. The first meetings generated interest of some 60 to 100 skiers, consisting of both alumni and friends. We soon out grew Granite St and moved to the old function room in the barn at the Derryfield Country Club. We were then meeting the second Wednesday every month Sept to May, and the club grew to several hundred members. In 1994 the club took its first major trip out west, to Whistler. The trip was so successful the destination was repeated 2 or 3 times. Over the next several years western ski destinations included Jackson Hole, Lake Louise, and in the late nineties we began traveling to Europe.
In 1997 Ken left NH College and negotiated separating the club from NH College. At that time the club consisted of some 600 to 800 members. Season startup meetings in September were attended by as many as 285 members eager to sign up for the destination trip of the coming season. Over the next few years under Ken’s stewardship as Executive Director the club continued to grow. At this point in time, up to 100 members were participating in ski racing at Pat’s Peak. Racing, chaired by Brent Siveright, consisted of 4 to 6 teams having fun racing Thursday nights from January to March. At Ken’s demise in May of 2000 club membership stood at over 800 members.
In September of 2000 under direction of the existing board consisting of Victor Snowdon, acting President, Dan Dorgan, Mike Collier, Dale Rogers and others, the club was organized as a corporation and established as a non-profit organization with the State of New Hampshire. In 2001 Brent Siveright became club president. Jeff Lavoie succeeded as president in 2007, and Jim Eilenberger took over leadership of racing. Under Jeff’s leadership and with new members came more and new year round activities. Weekend mountain biking activities began which evolved into weekly biking from June to September. Occasional kayak trips down the Merrimack evolved into a kayak trips nearly every weekend on various rivers around the state, as well as ocean kayaking along the NH coast, and northern Mass. Jim Eilenberger was elected president when Jeff stepped down in 2011.
One of the main non-skiing events of the year is the Masabesic bike & kayak outing, hosted by Troy Schwotzer, which just completed is 14th year. It was at this event the idea to create this club cook-book was spawned. Recipes are the culmination of the many great dishes brought by members to this and many other similar events throughout the year.