My skiing brothers and I often joke among ourselves during early Sunday turns that, while we might be missing Mass, we’re well aware of how fortunate we are. We were raised by devout Catholics, but none of us has followed the “letter of the law” of the church. Still, despite our somewhat agnostic approach to Christianity, we all embrace the basic beliefs of our faith. Mornings on a mountain top are always a wonderful reminder of how much we have to be thankful for. “Everyone worships in their own way” is a favorite expression we share.
Samuel “Sam” Morse takes that concept to an entirely different level, actively combining his love of the sport and his commitment to his faith. A native of Carrabassett Valley, Maine, a lifelong “Sugarloafer” and member of the U.S. Ski Team, the 22-year-old Morse is the son of a pair of ministers, Pam and Earle Morse.
“Our family runs the ski resort ministry at Sugarloaf,” said Morse. “We are American Baptist but operate on a pretty non-traditional format, given our placement at a ski resort.”
The Sugarloaf Area Christian Ministry, or SACM, said Morse, “meets the outdoor enthusiast where they are at.”