RetroSki 2019-2020



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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Madonna and Frostbite

The fourth area I skied in 1968 was Madonna. That’s what Smuggs was called at that time. Rick Rock had the answer to last week’s trivia question. Rick’s a long time Smuggs skier, and Stowe skier for that matter. He’s… Continue Reading →

Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol

The Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol traces its beginning back to 1934. Roland Palmedo made sure that the articles of incorporation for the Mount Mansfield Ski Club included a committee in charge of organizing a ski patrol for the 1934-35 season…. Continue Reading →

Bolton Valley

One of my skiing idols before I moved to Vermont in 1968 was Art Furrer. In fact, one of the reasons I bought my Hart Javelins was because Art Furrer skied on Javelins. He was one of the skiers in… Continue Reading →

Glen Ellen

In the past two columns, I’ve been fondly remembering the great early start to the 1968-69 season, but this season has blown that one away! The Mount Mansfield stake set an all-time record for November hitting 46 inches on the… Continue Reading →

Sugarbush Celebrates its 60th Season!

For me the beginning of the ski season in 1968 was the weekend of November 9th when Sugarbush opened. Remember that was before any areas had significant snowmaking so that early opening was based on natural snow. The only lift… Continue Reading →

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