Grant Reynolds

Grant Reynolds How many seasons have you been skiing? Grant Reynolds is celebrating his seventy eighth consecutive ski season making him a true RetroSkier!

Grant Reynolds in 1938 (3 years old!)Grant’s skiing started as a child on Christmas day 1938 in Saint Albans. By the time he was in high school, he was one of two students that ran Sabin’s Pasture rope tow in Montpelier. The other student operated the rope tow and Grant says “I did everything else: organized packing crews, kept the stove in the warming hut going, sold tickets, policed the lift line, and threw snow in the inevitable ruts.”

At Bates College, Grant supported his skiing by working on others’ skis and selling second hand skis, many of which he obtained in Stowe. More importantly, it was at Bates where Grant met fellow skier Jo Trogler who would later become his wife.

After completing law school at Columbia, Grant and Jo would become Pennsylvania skiers. They raised their family skiing at Ski Roundtop where Jo was an instructor and Grant a race coach.

Grant Reynolds with his 1955 Kastle's (215 cm!)In 1970 Grant became a ski collector almost by accident. He was trying to sell his last pair of wooden racing skis, Erbacher “Pepi Schweigers,” which he had purchased in Pforzheim, Germany in 1964. There were no takers so he kept them! After that he began obtaining older skis dating back to the early 1900s. He concentrated primarily on collecting racing skis and kept adding to his collection as ski racing evolved.

Grant stopped collecting in 2015 at the age of eighty. His wife told him it was time to start offloading rather than collecting. Grant who now lives in Tinmouth, Vermont, donated the majority of his collection (over 150 pairs of skis) to the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum.

The Museum is featuring fifty pairs of skis from the Grant Reynolds collection in its current exhibit. In addition to those Erbachers some of the other notable skis include 1955 Stein Eriksen “Streamlines” purchased at Maurius Eriksen’s shop in Oslo, and a rare pair of 1975 Sohler “Phantoms” made in Richford, Vermont. That’s correct, Sohler had a factory in Vermont at one time.

Craft Skis and Craft Brews March 15thYou have an opportunity to meet Grant Reynolds, see some of his ski collection, and hear from several current Vermont craft ski makers. The Museum is sponsoring “Craft Skis & Craft Brews Launch Party” on Wednesday March 15th . The party begins at 6PM and admission is free.

The highlight of the evening will be a panel discussion moderated by Dave Schmidt, a longtime ski and snowboard industry consultant. The panel will include Jason Levinthal (J Skis in Burlington); Vin Faraci (White Room skis in Hyde Park); Cyrus Schenk (Renoun skis); Lars Whitman (Silo skis in Richmond); and Oliver Blackman who makes skis for his own use.

Oh, and there will be Alchemist Focal Banger on tap!

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2 Responses to Grant Reynolds

  1. Scott Shaver says:

    Just wanted to say hi to Grant. Maybe he can help me unload the 140 odd pr. of skis that I have accumulated. These include skis from Dianne Rolfe and Doug Lewis. My work as a service rep. for the Rossignol ski co. was quite an adventure.

  2. Grant Reynolds says:

    Hi, Scott! Long time no see! Jo and I have come to rest in Tinmouth, VT, around the corner from Cathy (oldest daughter) and an hour and a half from Carin, who lives in Lebanon, NH. Colin is out west, surfing in Baja at the moment but soon headed for Jackson Hole and then Alaska. He and his wife are back country skiers now, on tele skis.
    You have more historic skis than my roadside and transfer station collection, though it has some skis you might have seen, like Cathy’s grey ST Comps and my Kneissls and Head Comp GS’s. (You aren’t required to recall them, of course!). Cathy races in innkeepers races at Bromley. Carin is a cross country marathon racer, cross training for her beloved rowing. She coaches teenagers in Lebanon and is an Elite Master oarsman herself, winning Head of the Charles in various boats three times in the last five years.
    That’s all the gossip, but you probably remember all of them when they were children or teenagers.
    Wonderful to hear from you!

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