The Mission of the Franconia Ski Club is to impart the joys of skiing and the life-long lessons of healthy competition to the children of its broad and open membership.
The club achieves its mission by providing thoughtful, caring and professional instruction in skiing and ski racing and by supporting and sponsoring all levels of NHARA and USSA Junior racing.
The Franconia Ski Club was started in 1933 by a group of local skiers, including Roland Peabody, who wanted to provide opportunities for kids to have access to skiing and other outdoor activities. The club provides professional, caring instruction in ski racing, and by supporting and sponsoring all levels of the New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association, as well as the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. The club is based in Ernie’s Haus, located at the bottom of “Gary’s” trail. The Club building is named in memory of Ernst Eric Glaessel, who died while serving in the US Navy.
Who We Are & What We Do
A coaching staff of 20+ works with the clubs 155 athletes aged from 6 to 18, whose families are also club members. The club also works with the local Profile High School team, as well as with the Holderness School’s Eastern Alpine Team.
Last winter’s overall World Cup winner, Bode Miller, as well as US Team skier and former National Giant Slalom Champion, Caitlin Ciccone of Bethlehem are among the Club’s alumni. FSC/Holderness alumna Julia Ford, 2x National DH Champion and last season's NORAM Overall Champion hit the World Cup circuit this past season and scored WC points in Downhill.
Starting on opening day, the staff and athletes take advantage of the superb terrain of Cannon Mountain to hone their skills. Younger athletes are focused toward learning a solid base of skiing skills. Coaches who work with the younger skiers also work to keep the focus on fun for these young athletes. Great skiers make great racers, and with this in mind, some of the best coaches work with the younger skiers.
FSC athletes are all over the map, results are found within all the age groups. The athletes and coaches give great representation to both FSC and Cannon when attending events in State and Nationally. This past season a JIII regrional SL Champ was an FSC/Holderness athlete and numerous JIV athletes climbed the ladder of success. Many athletes in all age groups continued to extend their season with results that brought them to Championship events. This level of success of a relatively small club is significant and reflects hard work by the athletes as well as dedication by the staff and coaches.
The Club staff works very closely with all facets of Cannon Mountain management to ensure that, while providing the athletes with all necessary training opportunities, the impact on the skiing and riding public is kept to a minimum. On race days, it may be necessary to close a trail, or a portion of a trail to ensure the safety of the racers and the public.
When you see a race, or Club athletes training, stop for a minute and watch- the club’s history has shown that the next U.S. Ski Team member could be in the gates as you watch.
Franconia Ski Club