Trivia 2017 Week 4

1937 Stowe Rope TowThe first ski lift on Mount Mansfield was a rope tow located in what is now the Toll House area. It began operation in December of 1936 making this season the 80th anniversary of lift-served skiing on Mount Mansfield! However that specific rope tow had been in operation somewhere else the year before. So this week’s trivia question is:

Where did the first rope tow on Mount Mansfield come from?

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2 Responses to Trivia 2017 Week 4

  1. Mike Leach says:

    I assume you might have the answer by now regarding the origin for the first row tow at Toll House,…

    The 1,000 ft rope tow came from Wesley Pope, in Jeffersonville. According to Charlie Lord’s notes provided in the book Ski Pioneers of Stowe, it was purchased for $900 and was installed by mid-December 1936, yet operated commercially for the first time on February 7. $1 bought an all-day ticket and for $5.00 the skier could ride all season.

  2. Lyndall Heyer says:

    Found something about it in the Hagerman book (1975). Feb 7 1937 commercial operation of a rope tow began on the Toll House slopes. “Lift had been purchased from Wesley Pope of Jeffersonville and installed by him late in 1936. Poor conditions at the start of the season prevented earlier operation.” But the book doesn’t say if it had been used elsewhere first.
    Bigelow book(1964) says Frank E. Griffin built the first ski tow in Northern Vt near the Toll House and developed the Mt Mansfield ski school.
    Neither book mentions a previous location…..

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