Cal Conniff Grants

In 2019, for the 14th year, the New England Ski Museum’s Cal Conniff Grant program allocated $3,000 in grant funding to individuals or organizations consistent with the Museum’s mission to preserve the history of skiing and winter sports.

The grants are funded with proceeds of the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race, held each March at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire. This year the successful applicants were announced on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the opening reception of the Hannes Schneider Race in Cranmore’s Eating House Restaurant.

In 2019 Cal Conniff Grant were awarded to these groups:

The Eastern Slope Ski Club, North Conway, NH: $1,000 for development of a pilot program with the Bartlett Elementary School to describe the history of skiing in the region and its importance to the local economy and social structure.

The Granite Backcountry Alliance, North Conway, NH: $1,000 to cover expenses related to its program of developing and maintaining backcountry ski glades such as the Maple Villa project they completed last fall.

Mt Eustis Ski Hill, Littleton, NH: $500 to purchase used ski equipment to distribute on a seasonal basis to area children free of charge.

Northeast Slopes, East Corinth, VT: $500 to support the area’s after-school programming that serves the youth of the Waits River Valley School District. Northeast Slopes owns the oldest continuously operating ski tow in the United States.

Cal Conniff had a distinguished career in the American ski industry, culminating in 16 years as President and Executive Director of the National Ski Areas Association. Following his retirement Conniff’s energy and ski industry knowledge benefitted the New England Ski Museum, which Conniff served as a director, president, and founder of the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race. In recognition of those contributions, in 2006 the ski museum designated its existing grant awards the Cal Conniff Grant program.

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In November 2019 a call for applications for the 2020 Cal Conniff Grants will be posted on the Museum’s website. The deadline for applications will be in mid-February, 2020.

The application process is kept purposely informal. Applicants submit a letter that outlines a description of the project, its goals, the audience that it will impact, and the dollar amount requested. Supporting information for the application should include:

  • Organization’s description or individual’s resume, including mailing address;
  • two letters supporting the merits of the individual or program;
  • one representative photograph for publication if the applicant is successful.

Questions or application materials may be e-mailed to or mailed to:

Cal Conniff Grant Committee

New England Ski Museum

135 Tramway Drive

Franconia, NH 03580-4403

The Cal Conniff Grant Program is open to individuals, organizations and educational institutions with an interest in winter sports, such as Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Any group that can demonstrate the need for funding for education related to snow sports, preservation of skiing history, or encouraging participation in skiing and riding is eligible.

The selection process is conducted by the Museum’s Grant Committee on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. The committee judges applications based on the following:

  • the proposal’s contribution to the preservation of ski or snowboard history;
  • the extent to which the project encourages skiing or snowboarding participation;
  • the importance of the grant to the success of the proposed program;
  • the educational value of the proposal;
  • the applicant’s degree of organization in the pursuit of the project.