The 25th Annual Hannes Schneider Meister Cup, March 5, 2022
2022 Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race Scenes
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.
The 24th Annual Meister Cup, Saturday, March 14, 2020 At Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway, NH
Scenes from the 2020 Hannes Schneider Race
Photos by Jamie Gemmiti
23rd Annual Hannes Schneider Meister Cup, March 2, 2019
Scenes from the 2019 Hannes Schneider Race
Photos by Jay Philbrick, Philbrick Photography
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.