July 17, 2013
This photo of the “Gore Mountain Pioneers” plaques at the North Creek Ski Bowl’s Joe Minder Lodge was taken July 6. The project currently features seven individuals or groups integral to the skiing history of North Creek, including Joe Minder and the 10th Mountain Division. From left are: Carson Parker, Lake George, a past commander of Warrensburg Legion Post 446; Joe LaRocque, North Creek, who served at the end of WWII and was a guidance counselor at Johnsburg Central School for children, including Joe Minder’s; Ray Hensler, present commander of Warrensburg Legion Post 446 who was stationed in Alaska and served during the Vietnam War; Terry Waterston, North Creek, present commander of North Creek Legion Post 629 and Korean War-era veteran; and Ben Miller, North Creek, 82nd Airborne, who flew gliders into the WWII initial invasion in France in 1944. Plaques in place include those dedicated to Joe Minder, Vincent Schaefer & The First Ski Train, Backwoods Ski Club, 10th Mountain Division, Miss Helen (Cornwall), the Cunningham Family, and Lois Perret and the First Ski Patrol.