Category Archives: Columns

Stowe’s First T-Bar

When did the original Mount Mansfield T-Bar begin operation? Mike Leach provided the correct answer as the T-Bar went into operation for the 1946-47 season. So this season is the 70th anniversary for that lift. Actually there is more significance … Continue reading

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Northeast Slopes

“Keeping Skiing Real Since 1936” That’s the slogan on the ski area’s website. No, it’s not Stowe, but another Vermont ski area celebrating 80 years of continuous lift-served skiing this season. Northeast Slopes in East Corinth, Vermont, installed not just … Continue reading

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Mt Mansfield’s First Ski Lift

The first ski lift in the United States was a rope tow in Woodstock, Vermont. That rope tow began operation in January 1934. Over the following few years, rope tows would spring up on hills throughout Vermont. For the 1935-36 … Continue reading

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Christmas Ideas for the RetroSkier

If you’re reading this, chances are that you have one or more RetroSkiers on your Christmas list. What do you plan to get them? Well, here are some suggestions. Number one on my list is “Freedom Found: My Life Story” … Continue reading

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Portillo 1966 Follow-up

I received a nice note from Rebecca Armstrong, Marketing Manager for Ski Portillo. She mentioned the special video that Portillo produced for the 50th anniversary of the 1966 World Championships. Documentary Portillo 1966 / The 50th years Anniversary from mortenphotovideo.com … Continue reading

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FIS Portillo 1966

Where were you during the summer of 1966? I was looking forward to my junior year in college and was in the early stages of my obsession with alpine skiing. Even though it was summer, I was looking forward to … Continue reading

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Vermont World Cup Races & The Mahre Brothers

The women’s World Cup ski races held in Killington will certainly become a great chapter in Vermont’s ski racing history! Mikaela Shiffrin came through under enormous pressure to win her sixth consecutive World Cup slalom. That pressure included her 95-year-old … Continue reading

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Stratton 1978

Do you remember 1978? Just to refresh your memory: “Saturday Night Fever” was in the movie theaters, “Happy Days” was on TV, and Garfield made his debut in the comic strips. Gas was 63 cents a gallon and the Federal … Continue reading

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Killington Women’s World Cup

Vermont is about to host an event that will add to its skiing history. The women’s World Cup circuit will visit Killington on November 26-27, that’s Thanksgiving weekend! The best women skiers in the world will be here – Lara … Continue reading

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Welcome to the 2016-17 Season!

The new RetroSki season will start on November 17th! Welcome to another winter of skiing history, nostalgia, and, of course, trivia! Just for a warm-up: Who was the first American to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Alpine Skiing?

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