Shreddin’ through the decades

Shreddin’ through the decades

Kara Toay

People of all ages dressed in neon colors and retro looks will be covering the ski hills of Marquette Mountain Sunday, March 5. Skiers will strut their stuff in flashy snowsuits and nostalgic skis for the second annual Vintage Ski Day.

The Beaumier Heritage Center is pairing up with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame to organize and promote this skiing throwback day. For every ski pass bought, $5 will be donated and split between the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and the Beaumier Heritage Center, said Dan Truckey, director of the Beaumier Heritage Center.

The event will take place at 1 p.m. and begin with a ski race down Cliffs Ridge. Trivia and an oldest skis contest will be held throughout the day. Prizes and vintage ski equipment for display will be provided by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum.

“Skiing is a big part of the Upper Peninsula’s heritage and we thought it would be great because they’re [U.S Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame] all about the history of skiing in North America and we’re about the U.P. history,” Truckey said.

Fifty-year-old ski films will also be shown in the lobby, with some films dating back even earlier.

“Everybody in the lodge gets into it. It’s a lot of fun, and skiing equipment and dress has changed over time,” Truckey said.

A fashion show will take place at 2 p.m. featuring ski wear ranging from eye-catching suits to homemade outfits. Last year around 20 contestants participated, but more are always welcome, Truckey added.

“We’ve had people show up in stuff from the 40s and 50s and stuff they’ve created and it’s different from what people wear today.”

If you dress in vintage wear, a lift ticket is $22 but the rest of the activities are free.

For more information about the event, visit the Beaumier Heritage Center Facebook page.