The Thunderbolt Ski Shelter was built in 1940 by the Civilian
Conservation Corps atop the summit of Mt. Greylock (3,491 ft.).
The small stone building served as a warming hut for racers who
made it to the summit by side-stepping the entire trail. Here
they warmed up and prepared for their run down the
Thunderbolt. The early races were timed by stopwatch. Later,
copper wire was run from the finish line to the summit, and the
races were timed by two way radio. This also added a bit of
excitement for the spectators, as immediate results could be
known and the times were announced over the loudspeaker as
racers crossed the finish.
Today the Thunderbolt Ski Shelter exits as it did in the 1940's.
The fireplace in the center of the building can still be used to
warm frozen toes before a run down the Thunderbolt. In 1999,
the shelter was dedicated to Rudy Konieczny during a ceremony
on the summit. Rudy was Adams' most talented downhill skier.
He served with the 10th Mountain Division during WWII and was
killed in action in April of 1945.
The Thunderbolt Ski Shelter today.
|A skier gets ready to run the Thunderbolt during the first
Massachusetts State Downhill Championship, February 17th, 1935.
Skiers on the summit preparing to Schuss the 'Bolt.
#16 nervously awaits his turn.
Here a racer leaves the summit on his way to the Big Bend.
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Toni Matt (#14) gets ready for his run.
The plaque dedicating the Thunderbolt Ski Shelter to Rudy Konieczny.
|Racers on the summit during the 1935
Massachusetts State Downhill
Championship race, February 17, 1935.
"...there was a guy behind you, and he grabbed you by the seat of the pants so you didn't
get started ahead of time. When I heard that last zip, I was off. He couldn't hold me, or he
came with me!"
- "Greeny" Guertin
Timing officials and racers on the summit of Mt. Greylock.
Maurice "Greeny" Guertin on the summit.
"Greeny" Guertin's 1940's era ski boots.
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