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Cranmore and Hannes Schneider

Last week I began the story of how Harvey Dow Gibson built the Cranmore Ski Resort in his native North Conway. I’ll continue the story where I left off last week, the Skimobile. The Lower Skimobile was finished for Cranmore’s… Continue Reading →

Cranmore at 85!

Last year Stowe Mountain Resort celebrated its 85th anniversary of lift-served skiing. The list of ski areas with 85 years or more is very short. Joining that list this year is an area from my old stomping grounds in New… Continue Reading →

Fix Your Bathtub!

Like many other sports, skiing has always had a vocabulary associated with it. That vocabulary has changed with the times so I was intrigued when I came across a document entitled “American Ski Language” copyrighted in 1939. Let’s start with… Continue Reading →

Bob Penniman

I was saddened to learn of the passing of one of my old skiing buddies, Bob Penniman. Bob introduced me to Stowe skiing and the Shed. We took memorable ski trips together to Europe and the American west. He kept… Continue Reading →

United States Slalom Success!

Thursday  December 29th was an historic day for U.S. women’s alpine skiing. It occurred at a World Cup slalom held in Semmering Austria. First, Mikaela Shiffrin won the slalom for her 80th World Cup victory, second only to Lindsey Vonn’s… Continue Reading →

Alpine Responsibility Code

The National Ski Area Association (NSAA) first adopted a Responsibility Code in 1962 making 2022 the 60th anniversary. It makes sense to me that the code was adopted in 1962 since skiing saw a marked increase in popularity about that… Continue Reading →

Telluride Ski Celebrates 50 Years!

Last week’s trivia question asked what ski area has a trail named Spiral Stairs. RQ Mason had the correct answer that Telluride was the ski area! Telluride ski area opened on December 22, 1972 making this their 50th anniversary! Telluride… Continue Reading →

Look Ma!

This ski season is off to a slow start here in the Northeast. In some respects it reminds me of the winter of 1971-72. One reason for that is that much like the winter of 71-72, we made a decision… Continue Reading →

The First New England Chairlift – Revisited!

I received a call this week from Alan Kovacs who provided more details on the new parking program at Stowe. The deal that was negotiated between Vail Resorts and the Vermont Departments of Natural Resources and Forest and Parks treats… Continue Reading →

When Parking Was a Quarter!

Wow! It was a busy weekend at the Killington World Cup! The local favorite may not have made the podium, but the event was still a success! On Saturday Killington found out that its new K-1 Base Lodge couldn’t handle… Continue Reading →

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