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Sons of Norway park dedication

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The Town of Breckenridge will honor three pioneers from Voss, Norway for their contributions to our rich skiing heritage with the dedication of a new ‘Sons of Norway’ park this Fourth of July at 1 p.m.

In 1961, childhood friends, Norwegian downhill skiing champions, and recent immigrants Trygve Berge and Sigurd Rockne convinced businessman Bill Rounds that a ski area in Breckenridge would be a great business venture. They helped design and build Peak 8 (now Breckenridge) Ski Area, and co-founded the first ski school. They also brought the concept of a winter carnival from Norway; Ullr (Dag) Fest is still celebrated today.

Olav Pedersen (1917 – 2004) emigrated from Norway in 1964 at the urging of Trygve and Sigurd to instruct at their ski school. In 1975, based on a similar Norwegian event and with the encouragement of the King of Norway, Olav created “Ski for Light,” introducing cross-country skiing to the visually-impaired. What began as a small local celebration of Nordic skiing is now held all over America and has enriched thousands of lives.

The ‘Sons of Norway’ park is located along the River Walk between the Welcome Center and The Crown’s patio. Town Councilman Jeffrey Bergeron is the master of ceremonies, and local musician Josh Galvin will perform music.


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