The 2017 US Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf kick off tomorrow… and Kiitella enjoyed designing and fabricating their axe awards again. This year, the head is modeled after the S&N Penobscot Bay Kindling Axe. A little history: When the World Cup came to Sugarloaf in 1971, organizers paid tribute to the area’s logging heritage by awarding the top skiers custom-made hatchets. Kiitella’s custom awards for the 2017 U.S. Alpine Nationals – in “gold, silver and bronze” – are a nod to Sugarloaf’s logging and ski racing history. The actual metals are brass, stainless steel and patina’d brass – jet cut, polished and riveted. The handles were supplied by Snow & Nealley, a Maine axe manufacturer since 1864.