The Snow Sports Museum of West Virginia (SSMWV) on Saturday hosted Kathryn Hayes, Historian for the Ski Club of Washington D C (SCWDC) to decribe skiing the “Drift” on Cabin Mountain in the 1950’s. The reception was the official public announcement of the SSMWV since orginizing on February 21 of this year. The Museum has been a topic of serious discussion for decades among many locals, but when Kim and Monica Williams retired from teaching in Northern Virginia and relocated permanently to Canaan Valley they’ve spearheaded the effort to begin realizing this dream.
Speaking to a group of 60 skiers, developers, realtors, polititions and business leaders at Black Bear Woods Resort, Kim Williams described the mission then breifly discussed the immediate needs and long term goals for the SSMWV. He then introduced the following as the Board of Directors of the Museum who are Cary Reed, John Lutz, Bobby Snyder, David Downs, Eddie Worden, Monica Williams, Scott Young, Stan White, Mike Mullins and Andy Snyder. Also providing input are Jessica Waldo with the Tucker Co. CVB, Diane Hinkle, Tucker County Commissioner, Darrel Hensley and Chip Chase of White Grass Ski Touring Center.
Wendy Madden, field representive for Congressman David McKinley, presented a letter of support to the Museum recognizing the Board as pioneers for the preservation of skiing heritage and is looking forward to the additonal attraction for the visiting public to Tucker County and West Virginia.
Williams, Chairman of the SSMWV said that information will soon be available on how interested parties can participate to help the Museum with membership, fundrasing, donating artifacts and more. The board meets the first Wednesday of each month 5:30 at the Deerfield Restaraunt in Canaan Valley and is open to the public. The SSMWV will present their plan to the West Virginia Ski Area Association soon and invite all of it’s members to fully participate in developing the Museum