RetroSki 2019-2020


January 2019

Trivia 2019 Week 11

Why is Vail called Vail?

Aspen 1969

A week after surviving my first visit to Mad River Glen in January of 1969 I was off for my first skiing trip to the western United States. There were four of us on the trip: Clint Demeritt , Mike… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2019 Week 10

What ski area has Ruthie’s Run?

Mad River Glen 1969

Mad River Glen is celebrating its 70th anniversary this season! Its official opening was December 11, 1948, but due to low early snowfall, skiing didn’t start until January, 1949. So even back then it was “Ski it if you can!”… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2019 Week 9

What ski area has the Basebox Lodge?

Mount Marathon Race

There were several correct answers to last week’s trivia question on the first Stowe Derby. Certainly that was influenced by the fact the article about the Stowe Derby also in last week’s issue, contained the answer! Steve Edwards, Ed Gill,… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2019 Week 8

When was the first Stowe Derby held?

Remembering the T-Bar

The T-Bar was invented by Ernst Constam of Switzerland. Actually he invented the concept of an overhead circulating cable lift which started as a J-Bar. In Vermont we tend to give Fred Pabst of Bromley credit for inventing the J-Bar,… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2019 Week 7

Where was the first T-Bar in the United States installed?

Jay Peak 1969

The first time I skied Jay Peak was in January 1969. Someone at work had discovered that Jay offered discounts for groups of 10 or more. So we were able to gather a group of about 15 people who headed… Continue Reading →

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