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December 2011

Trivia Week 6

What do a fan-type snow gun , Lange-Flo, and the Hanson ski boot have in common?

Lift Blankets

The old lift blankets used on the Mansfield single and double chairs are the skiing nostalgia topic that I hear mentioned most often in the greater Stowe area.  You hear it mentioned in lift lines and in the bars; you… Continue Reading →

Trivia Week 5

Who made the lift blankets used on the Mount Mansfield single chair and eventually also on the Mansfield double?

Robert Smith, DDS

I used to hate skiing when it was snowing.  During the 1950s and 1960s I would dread those snowy days even though I knew they usually meant good skiing conditions.  Starting in about 1970 I began to actually enjoy those… Continue Reading →

Trivia Week 4

What is the name of the dentist who invented a critical piece of skiing equipment?

Moriarty’s

After World War II, skiing’s popularity in Vermont really began to grow and it brought out the entrepreneurial spirit in Vermonters.  Kermit and Anabel Moriarty lived on the Mountain Road in Stowe with their two sons Marvin and Darwin in… Continue Reading →

Trivia Week 3

Since “shopping” season is in full swing even if ski season isn’t, this week’s trivia question deals with a Stowe-based product:  What product provides the Stowe link between Jean Claude Killy and The Grateful Dead?

Snowmaking

The winter of 1949-1950 was a bad snow year and the Tey Manufacturing Company of Milford Connecticut was having a bad year as well.  Tey produced the ALU-60 which was an aluminum ski with a hollow core and arguably ahead… Continue Reading →

Trivia Week 2

What ski area was the first to install a commercial snowmaking system?  (No, it wasn’t Killington.)  And just to generate some local participation, when was the first snowmaking installed at Stowe?

First Day of the Season Means Killington

Foster Chandler, legendary former Director of Marketing for Killington, provided the correct answer to last week’s trivia question: “Killington opened December 13, 1958 with 2 Pomalifts on Snowdon Mountain, while construction continued on 2 other Pomalifts during the winter. Four… Continue Reading →

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