Family fun race honors Izzy Manahan at the Snow Bowl

By Susan Mustapich | Jan 07, 2019
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Ski and Ride instructors in orange jackets and young skiers head up the mountain on the double chairlift during a morning group lesson at the Snow Bowl Jan 5.

CAMDEN — Lots of young skiers and snowboarders were on the slopes for group lessons Jan. 5, ahead of a special Family Fun Race in honor of Isabelle Manahan, a young alpine racer who died in 2018.

As of Jan. 3, the Snow Bowl was operating a full schedule, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

On Jan. 5, all three lifts were open and the abundance of snow, both manmade and natural, was impressive.

The lifts were busy with skiers and snowboarders heading up the mountain. When ski classes ended, the lodge filled up as everyone headed to the Big T Snack Shack. Beside the lodge, ticket sales staff were busy, and Ragged Mountain Sports staff outfitted skiers and snowboarders with rental equipment. Outside under a tent on the snow, Sidecountry Sports signed out demonstration skis and snowboards. Sidecountry also has a new concession at the Snow Bowl, selling an array of winter sports equipment and sundries.

Costumed skiers of all ages came out in large numbers for the 1 p.m. Family Fun Race, which has not taken place for five years, because of weather.

This year the co-hosts -- the Ragged Mountain Ski and Snowboard Club Board of Directors and the Snow Bowl Race Program -- brought the Family Fun Race back in memory of alpine racer and club member Manahan, who died tragically in a car accident last year, at age 15.

The race theme honored her memory with tutus for everyone, and fun elements including "brushieville," an obstacle course made of bright pink and green brush bristles sticking up out of the snow, cupcakes and balloons.

"Izzy was a bright young person who trained and raced with the Camden ski teams because her local school did not have a ski team," said board member Mike Smith. "We all came to think of her as family. Her death was hard for us all."

The race was set up with the Manahan family's blessing, Smith said, and to honor their wish to set up the Izzy fund. The fund will help high school racers who need financial support to pursue their dreams.

The nonprofit, all volunteer RMSC typically raises funds annually to pay for the fourth-grade Learn to Ski Program, the Racing Program, and more, with the goal of getting young people outside and onto the snow in the winter.

For more information about the Snow Bowl or RMSC and the Izzy Fund, visit, or the Ragged Mountain Ski and Snowboard Club Facebook page.

From left, Camden Hills Regional High School ski team's Ethan Andrus, Caellen Roberts, and Annabelle Williams are ready for the Family Fun Race Jan. 5 at the Snow Bowl. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Costumes and tutus abound at the Family Fun Race Jan. 5 at the Snow Bowl. (Photo by: Mike Smith)
Bryan Manahan skis down the mountain at the Family Fun Race, held in honor of his daughter, Izzy, an alpine ski racer who died tragically in a car accident last year. (Photo by: Mike Smith)
Behind the counter at the rental shop, Jessie Mathews, left, rents out ski equipment, while Lyn Tesseyman, right, works on getting the right fit for a visiting snowboarder. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Andrew Dailey of Sidecountry Sports, right, sets up Blizzard Black Pearl demo skis for Molly McClellan, center left. McClellan is at the Snow Bowl with her mother, Ann, right, and friend Margaret Richmond, left. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Jeff Bergdoll completes a system function test on a customer's ski bindings at Sidecountry Sports' new concession at the Snow Bowl. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
The magic carpet lift is popular with new skiers and snowboarders and their parents at the Snow Bowl Jan. 5. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
A Snow Cat groomer rearranges the terrain park at the Snow Bowl Jan. 5. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 08, 2019 13:12

And to think, the Snow Bowl started as a volunteer group with families sharing a rope tow, way back when. No money involved, just mom and pop and the kiddies. Picnic baskets for lunch and snacks in the lodge...which burned sadly....Now it is pricey. Not how it started. Sad!

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