This week Dartmouth College, in Hanover, NH, is celebrating 100 years of the Dartmouth Winter Carnival.
There has always been a strong connection between Dartmouth, skiing, and Waterville Valley. In fact, Waterville Valley Resort founder, Tom Corcoran, is a Dartmouth alum and was a member of the Dartmouth Ski Team prior to becoming a two-time Olympian.
For the past dozen years, the Vail ski area has hosted a western Winter Carnival in February – CarniVAIL! – for Dartmouth/Tuck/Dartmouth Medical School/Thayer alumni.
This February will mark the 12th annual alumni gathering in Vail, and they are celebrating with Dartmouth’s skiing stars of the 1950s. At CarniVAIL they will recognize the contributions to skiing by some of Dartmouth’s greatest 1950s skiers – Olympians; National Champions; extreme skiers; college and ski industry leaders. Attendees include our very own Tom Corcoran ’54 (Olympian; 10-time National Champion in 4 countries; Waterville Valley Resort founder); Bill Briggs ’54 (the initiator of modern extreme skiing; one of the great mountaineers and the legendary singer of ski songs); Bill Smith ’58 (1958 National Downhill Champion); Tryg Myhren ’58 (Paralymic team leader); Diane Boyer ’78 (Champion Free Style Racer; Chairwoman of SIA); Lisa Densmore ’83 (all-time record holding Masters Racing Champion; award winning outdoors movie maker); David Viele ’98 (twice NCAA Giant Slalom Champion); past Presidents of Dartmouth’s DOC (Clark Griffiths ’57; Gerry Huttrer ’60); and involved ski industry legends like award-winning ski movie maker Roger Brown ’57.
CarniVAIL will also debut the First Annual Dartmouth Alumni Ski Races on Vail’s NASTAR course. Tom Corcoran ’54 ran the first ever NASTAR pacesetter race trials right here at Waterville Valley in 1968. Tom will help recognize the winners of this year’s CarniVAIL races.
Tom Corcoran, Photo from LIFE Magazine