Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race

The 25th Annual Hannes Schneider Meister Cup, March 5, 2022

2022 Overall Results

2022 Results by Class

2022 Team Results

2022 Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race Scenes

The Bavarian Brothers Band performs Edelweiss to start the Opening Ceremony, from the back of Marshall Abbott’s 1968 Tucker Sno-Cat while Governor Chris Sununu looks on from the snow stage.

Governor Chris Sununu speaks at the Opening Ceremony. The governor congratulated Cranmore owner Brian Fairbank on his election to the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

MC Roy Prescott of WMWV, right, introduces Hannes Schneider, left, and his brother Marcus Schneider, the great grandsons of Austrian skimeister Hannes Schneider.

Cranmore Mountain Resort owner Brian Fairbank speaks from the snow stage at the Opening Ceremony.

The Color Guard of the Army Mountain Warfare School in Jericho, Vermont approaches the stage.

The Color Guard places the U.S. and 10th Mountain colors.

Longtime Masters race Joe Berry.

The dual GS course is run on the site of Cranmore’s historic Skimobile.

Volunteers of the Museum’s Eastern Slope Branch ready for the vintage fashion stage show.

North Conway Olympian Leanne Smith was–no surprise–fastest woman. Marcus and Hannes Schneider present her award.

The team from EMS captured first place in the team event, as they did in 2020.

One hundred years ago in the winter of 1921-1922, the Hannes Schneider ski school in St. Anton experienced in boom in new students, brought on as the post-World War doldrums ended and as Schneider’s fame spread in Europe. The season was so successful that Hannes was able to begin construction on the Sporthaus Hannes Schneider in downtown St. Anton, his combined ski shop, guest house and home. A century later, it is still in the Schneider family.

Also a century later, on March 5, 2022, we celebrate the 25th Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race, honoring the life of the renowned Austrian skimeister whose pioneering ski teaching brought excitement and prosperity to North Conway and St. Anton, Austria and the world of skiing at large.

Hannes Schneider was a mountain soldier on the alpine front in World War I, and his son Herbert and several of his instructors served in the 10th Mountain division in World War II. The race pays tribute to several generations of America’s mountain troops, and features the color guard and mountain instructors of the Army Mountain Warfare School of Jericho, Vermont.

This year the Meister Cup cordially welcomes attendees of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and the International Skiing History Association,in the area for the eastern Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The Meister Cup is more than a race—it is a spectator event with the Opening Ceremony with Color Guard, vintage ski fashion stage show, awards ceremony, the music of the Bavarian Brothers Band and a Sunday morning screening of an award-winning documentary on the Ski Club Arlberg. Race it or watch it, the Meister Cup has something for everyone.

2022 Hannes Schneider Race Brochure

2022 Hannes Schneider Race Entry Form

2022 Hannes Schneider Waiver


The 24th Annual Meister Cup,  Saturday, March 14, 2020 At Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway, NH

2020 Overall Results

2020 Team Results

Videos of race runs courtesy of yullr.com

Scenes from the 2020 Hannes Schneider Race

Photos by Jamie Gemmiti

 23rd Annual Hannes Schneider Meister Cup, March 2, 2019 

2019 Overall Results

2019 Team Results

Scenes from the 2019 Hannes Schneider Race

Photos by Jay Philbrick, Philbrick Photography

Hannes Schneider and Carol Westervelt unveil a plaque honoring Herbert Schneider, to be placed at the summit of Cranmore.


The Color Guard of the Army Mountain Warfare School posts the National and 10th Mountain division colors at the Opening Ceremony.


Bruce Botelho of the Bavarian Brothers Band plays Taps at the Opening Ceremony.


The silent auction in Zip’s Pub had clothing, equipment and gifts for skiers that kept people bidding until it closed at 2:30.

The Army Mountain Warfare School had the fastest 10th Mountain team.

Team EMS was the first place team.

Leanne Smith and Ben Drummond were the fastest woman and fastest man on the hill in 2019.

If you can turn around a few gates on intermediate terrain on alpine or telemark skis or a snowboard, you are invited to participate in the race…and win! The fastest male and female finishers in ten age classes take home unique awards, as do the fastest telemark, snowboard, and junior racers. Teams of five racers compete for the Meister Cup Trophy, with winners’ names engraved on the award which is on display in the New England Ski Museum.

Competition is intense at the highest level, but for most racers the event is a simple fun run down a gentle racecourse on a day of slopeside pageantry and social events. Past racers have ranged in age from 4 to 95.

Hannes Schneider was an Austrian mountain soldier in World War I and his son Herbert Schneider was a member of the 10th Mountain Division in World War II. The Meister Cup pays tribute to American mountain soldiers with a special military class, in which active duty soldiers of the 10thMountain Division and the Army Mountain Warfare School usually participate.

The Carroll Reed Cup, awarded to the fastest team made up of racers from the ski resort industry, honors the ski business pioneer whose early Eastern Slope Ski School provided the basis for Hannes Schneider’s arrival in 1939.

Apart from the ski race, the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup features a full slate of weekend social activities including a welcome reception and buffet, the opening ceremony, an ice carving contest, a silent auction with a variety of items for skiers, the popular wear-your-own vintage skiwear show, the awards ceremony, and a ski history presentation. Whether you race it or watch it, the Meister Cup has something for everyone.