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Sugarloaf skier Peter Schipper dies at 85

post #1 of 9
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Feb 18, 2009


Hi Bears:


Here is a story maybe of interest to all skiers but especially for skiers of Sugarloaf Mountain:




I read about this skier maybe 15-20 years ago in Ski or Skiing.  I hope that he continues with his streak up in that Big Slope up in the sky where the conditions are always as one desires.


Think snow,





post #2 of 9

I found this to be sad and wanted to post it. Glad you did.


This guy was incredible. He skied 3,903 consecutive days at Sugarloaf. Just imagine the weather he endured!!


This record ranks with Cal Ripken's consecutive game streak playing major league baseball.


So long, Paul. Send a snowflake our way.



post #3 of 9

My favorite thing about Paul was how he would drive from his house to the loaf in his ski boots. Iv never tried it but it seems like a bad idea



RIP Paul

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Feb 17th, 2009 | PORTLAND, Maine -- Paul Schipper, an avid skier who obsessively hit the slopes every day of the season for more than 24 years, has died. He was 85.

Schipper died Monday of complications from pneumonia at the Maine Veterans' Home in Bangor, according to his wife, Christine Schipper. He had been hospitalized since breaking his hip in December.

Schipper was a familiar figure at Sugarloaf ski resort in Carrabassett Valley, where he and his wife owned a ski lodge. Between 1980 and January 2005, he skied the 3,903 consecutive days that the mountain was open.

Schipper skied in blizzards and through illness and once put off having a cancerous kidney removed so he could keep the streak going. Another time he arranged to ski down the mountain just after midnight in front of the lights of a ski groomer so he could drive to his son's graduation in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and keep the streak alive.

"He had a lot of spirit," his wife said. "Physically, it was astounding. I don't see how anyone could keep up with the things he did."

Schipper was born in Detroit and grew up in Westchester County, N.Y. He attended Syracuse University but left after three years to join the military and serve in World War II, his wife said. He later served in the Korean War.

Schipper became a pilot for Eastern Airlines, but then retired from flying and moved to western Maine in the 1960s. He and his wife owned the Lumberjack Lodge near Sugarloaf and Kibby Kamp fishing and hunting camp in nearby Kibby Township.

After Schipper started the streak, it was considered a feat after only three or four years, said Nancy Marshall of Carrabassett Valley, a friend who first met Schipper in the 1980s. Over time, he felt compelled to ski every day simply to keep the streak going.

The streak ended without fanfare on Jan. 4, 2005. That day, he stayed home with a serious bout of the flu, circling the date on his calendar to mark the end of an era.

Schipper wasn't an expert skier, Marshall said, but he was certainly inspirational.

"He wasn't a god of the slopes by any means. He was a regular guy who did something incredible with this streak," she said.

A ski trail -- Schipper's Streak -- is named in his honor at Sugarloaf mountain. Plans are in the works for a ski parade at Sugarloaf in his honor.

Besides his wife, Schipper's survivors include a son and daughter.


post #5 of 9

Unless you've skied the Loaf a fair amount, I don't think you can imagine what this guy skied through for weather, in 24+ seasons, never missing a DAY. Think back to where you were 24 years ago, and think about that. He started the streak in his late 50's. He wasn't a kid. There are plenty of days when the lifts are turning and both the weather and conditions are awful up there. He was one of a kind, and a real gentleman on top of it all. A real legend. RIP, to be sure.

post #6 of 9

I skied three seasons at Sugarloaf.  One year my big toes stayed numb until July.


That guy must have been tough

post #7 of 9

I've read stories about him, both from journalists and from personal account of those who ski sugarloaf.

He was/is an inspiration. 

post #8 of 9

He sure got his moneys worth on those season passes, lol. I couldnt imagine skiing that much.

post #9 of 9

in respone to ^


Keep in mind that he would sometimes just do one run a day to keep the streak going

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