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Paradis Inducted Into Ski Hall of Fame

| November 22, 2013

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Howard Paradis of Madawaska has been inducted into the Maine Ski Hall of Fame. Paradis spent over 30 years coaching and teaching in Madawaska

 

I had people from all over the Country come to the ceremony. It was really impressive to see the representation. There was a lot of love and affection there and hugs and tears.”

Paradis said the turning point for the ski team was the opening of Mt Farlagne in Edmundston

” It opened it up for us. That is when we started being competitive with the downstate teams. Until then we couldn’t compete with them.”

Paradis says he is very impressed with the work the Four Seasons Club has put into the cross country  trail system in Madawaska.

“This is really amazing what these guys have done. The first time I went around I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t recognize most of the trails that we had cut. They used them, they are wide they are groomed it’s unbelievable. This group of guys deserve a lot of credit for what they have done.”

 

the soon to be 81 year old isn’t slowing down he still hits the slopes at Mt Farlagne several times a week

” Last year I did sixty days and that doesn’t count the days that I would go with my grandson. to ski races.”

Paradis coached in Madawaska for over 30 years and during his tenure the team won over 20 State Championships in cross country and alpine. The first overall title was in 1972.Paradis coached through the mid 90’s and said that working with the students is one of his best memories

” Just the friendships I have made not just with the kids. I didn’t realize how much influence I had them until the other night when they all showed up. We had a lot of fun we tried to¬† make it fun. We must have done something right somewhere.”

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