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The 2018-19 Season Wrap Up

First, some follow-up on a topic I wrote about a few weeks back. I had recounted our experience in Utah during January and February with traffic-related problems. On April 15th Michael Maughan, President and General Manager of the Alta Ski… Continue Reading →

Alta at 80

I’m heading for the High Traverse at Alta. It hasn’t snowed in a while so I have a choice of several traverse lines. I take the low one since I’m going all the way to the end. The lack of… Continue Reading →

Getting There Is None of the Fun

The Mount Mansfield single chair began operation in December 1940. In conjunction with the construction of the chairlift, the state of Vermont had expanded what was then known as the Nose Dive parking lot and enhanced the State Shelter which… Continue Reading →

Stowe 1969

I’ve reached the point in this ski season that marks the 50th anniversary of the first time I skied Stowe! I didn’t remember the actual date, but some deduction led me to believe that it was on March 29th. I… Continue Reading →

Waterville Valley 1969

This year’s FIS Alpine World Cup Finals are this week in Andorra, wherever that is?. Mikaela Shiffrin took a lot of the drama out of the weekend by wrapping up her third consecutive overall World Cup in advance of the… Continue Reading →

Sepp Ruschp

I grew up in Conway, New Hampshire, which became a center of skiing thanks to Hannes Schneider and Harvey Dow Gibson. Now I live in Stowe and there are a lot of parallels between the two towns. Both became nationally… Continue Reading →

Hannes Schneider

February 11, 2019 marked the 80th anniversary of Hannes Schneider arriving in North Conway, New Hampshire. In the early 1900s Schneider developed the Arlberg technique for teaching skiing. This allowed instructors to teach groups of skiers through a designated progression:… Continue Reading →

Everett Bailey

Earlier this season I was writing an article for Vermont Ski and Ride magazine on the Vermont ties to the original 10th Mountain Division. In researching the Vermonters who served in the 10th, I came across a picture I had… Continue Reading →

Flat Light

There were five of us traversing Ten Sleep Bowl at Jackson Hole in extreme flat light conditions. It’s a wide open expanse with nothing to use for reference points so we were going single file. We stopped to regather and… Continue Reading →

Aspen and Vail 1969

While Ruthie’s Run was one of the better known Aspen trails in 1969, there were a couple of other trails that I remember better. There was the Face of Bell, a steep treed slope. I stood at the top of… Continue Reading →

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