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A Brief History of the
Montgomery Bar Ski Trip
for the first 50 years

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By Joe Lynch (oldest member of the Junior Bar Committee)

t all started in 1969 when Lincoln's Birthday was a Court
Holiday. The Junior Bar Committee sent an invitation for a
"stag" ski outing at Elk Mountain. A free wine and cheese
luncheon was offered, and a P.S. extended an invitation to any
senior members "who ski or eat cheese and wine for lunch." The
ten who attended that first trip were Judge Ditter, Paul Smith,
Dick Grossman, Ben Scirica, Tony Scirica, Fred Wentz, Ken
Albright, Bill Pugh, John Lauffer, and Joe Lynch. Lift tickets
were $7.00.
The crowd doubled in the second year with the inclusion
of wives and girlfriends, and the addition of Brooke Aker, Bob
Tredinnick, Bill Cooper, and Tony Gianguillio. Despite the
distant drive, the trip prospered at Elk Mountain for 18 years
with attendance reaching as high as 40, and the camaraderie of
the Bench and the Bar being evident with the participation of
Judges Corso, Furber, and Drayer.
In 1988, we tried a new location, Little Gap (now Blue
Mountain), which has served us well due to the relatively short
drive and the excellent facilities both on and off the slopes.
The expansion of Blue Mountain has suited both the

beginner and the seasoned skiers over the years with attendance
reaching 50 at one point. While we have been graced with the
participation of several octogenarians, namely, Judge Ditter,
Paul Smith, and Bill Cooper, we look forward to the continued
participation of the senior members, especially since now those
over 70 ski for free at Blue Mountain.
Our original premise of providing a wine and cheese
luncheon has served us well in allowing our members and guests
to sample a wide variety of national and international wines and
cheeses. The least memorable vintage is the One Quart bottle of
"OLD JUDGE" (1974) - price $.99.
Finally, a brief history of this event would not be complete
without mentioning the support and help provided over the
years by my wife, Trish Lynch, P. R. Corso, and Nancy Hagner,
and the sponsorship of the Bar Association.
We hope that more members of the Bar will join us over the
next fifty years, and that it will not be said of you that you did
not take time to ski at least one day a year.

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