1st Place, Amateur Documentary Category
- 2000 Northeast Film and Video Festival
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"If this movie doesn't get to your soul, you must be dead!"
                                            - online forum, www.snowjournal.com
"...a gem of regional ski history."   
                  -  New England Ski Museum
Purple Mountain Majesty is the award winning film about the famous Thunderbolt Ski
Run.  Located on the highest mountain in Massachusetts, Mt. Greylock, it was home
to State and Eastern downhill championship races, as well as many amateur races,
during the 1930's and 1940's.  This meticulously  well researched documentary tells
the exciting, and sometimes almost unbelievable (did you know the Nazis came to
race in 1938?) story of this world-class downhill trail, from its initial concept to the
throngs of back-country enthusiasts who still maintain and ski the Thunderbolt  today.
"A truly outstanding piece of film work.  It is one of the very best films
 I have seen on the early days of American downhill ski racing.
                                              - Cal Conniff, former president of the National Ski
                                                 Areas Association and Ski Hall of Fame inductee
DVD Scene Selection
Packed with an exciting soundtrack, brilliant narration, interviews with the veteran
skiers who raced on the Thunderbolt, and tons of archival black and white film footage
and photos, this documentary has it all.  This is a feel good movie for all ages.  It's
about skiing, but you don't have to be a skier to appreciate the timeless stories of
hope, glory, spirit, love, brotherhood, sadness, loss, and ultimate triumph that are
found inside.  It might make you laugh, and it might make you cry.  It will definitely
make you want to ski the Thunderbolt!    
What's Inside!
  • Introduction
  • The Great Depression and the
    107th CCC
  • First Tracks
  • Rudy Konieczny
  • "Greeny" Guertin and the Ski
    Runners of Adams
  • A Trip Down the Thunderbolt
  • Race Day
  • Thrills and Spills
  • Broken Legs and a State Champion
  • Off to War with the 10th Mtn.
  • Adams Loses Her Hometown Hero
  • A New Era
A History of the Thunderbolt Ski Run
A Film by Blair Mahar
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