By Roger Lohr, originally published in SnoCountry.com, January 5, 2018
The Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. The family that inspired “The Sound of Music” will host a week of special events scheduled at the lodge January 19-26 on the trails and in the Bierhall to commemorate the occasion.
Friday, Jan. 19 – Welcome reception and tapping the cask of the specially brewed 50th Anniversary NaturaHelles to kickoff the celebration week.
Saturday, Jan. 20 – Antique ski outing with awards for the best vintage outfit and best authentic antique skis. Torch Light Ski from the Ski Center to the Bierhall. Alumni and former employee dinner and panel.
Sunday, Jan. 21 – Group ski to trail dedication for Charlie Yerrick, who was the center director for more than half the years since the center opened in 1968. Owl’s Howl will become Yerrick’s Yodel. Photos with Sam and Johannes von Trapp at the Bierhall.
Monday, Jan. 22 – Ski with the von Trapp Family. Retro Night at the Bierhall with live music.
Tuesday, Jan. 23 – Group ski to the Slayton Pasture Cabin and lunch. Presentation at the Bierhall with Johannes and Per Sorlie, who helped turn the dream into a reality.
Wednesday, Jan. 24 – Ski and rent at 1968 prices! Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum for drinks and appetizers in Stowe.
Thursday, Jan. 25 – The next 50 years demo day with demo products from Atomic, Fischer, Rossignol, Swix, and Alpina.
Friday, Jan. 26 – Farewell breakfast.
Trapp Family Lodge is recognized as the first cross country ski resort in the U.S. and according to the historical story in VT Ski & Ride, “Fifty years ago much of the current Trapp Family operation wasn’t here. Not the chalet-style lodge, not the groomed ski trails, not the bustling Bierhall with its dirndl-clad waitresses and von Trapp’s Austrian lagers—just the family, the hills and the sound of music.
Baron Georg von Trapp fled from Austria to the U.S. in 1938 and bought the Gale Farm in Stowe in 1942. When the Baron passed in 1947, his wife Maria was left to take care of the farm, von Trapp’s seven children from his first marriage and their three: Rosemarie, Johannes, and Eleonore. Today Johannes is 79 and his two children, Sam, 45, and Kristina, 47 are involved with the business and the celebration.
Though The Sound of Music told of (and fictionalized) the family’s life in Austria, the story of what happened after they came to Vermont and how they launched the first cross country ski center in America is just as good.”
Congratulations to the Trapp Family Lodge for leading the way for 50 years!