Ski History

Bang and everyone charges off across the hay field.  The Washington's Birthday Race circa 1971 or so.
Credit: Spencer Grant

Remembering The Great Big Washington’s Birthday Touring Race

 Such Fun. Should We Do It Again? What a celebration of winter it was. Imagine several hundred cross-country skiers, some serious racers—even Olympians—, college kids, couples and families, office people (like us) up from the Big City, all in a long line, awaiting the gun in a big, snow-covered Vermont hayfield. Bang, and everyone charges off, either fast skating or[Read More…]

by February 23, 2016 3 comments Ski History
Why Ski?

Why Ski?

From NSP Eastern Division Safety Team, Corinth, NY

by February 23, 2016 2 comments Features, Ski History
The Original Lift at Mt. Snow.
Credit: Mt. Snow

Breaking News: Mount Snow to Celebrate 60th Anniversary on Founders Day, December 12

Walt Schoenknecht’s Vision Was Far and Creative When Mount Snow’s visionary founder, Walter Schoenknecht, stood atop Mount Pisgah in over a foot of freshly fallen snow back in autumn of 1949, he knew he had found the perfect place to build his dream ski resort.  Only a few years later, Walt had purchased the land around the base of the[Read More…]

by December 8, 2014 2 comments Nostalgia, Ski History
When Skiing Was New: Early Scenes From 30s To 50s

When Skiing Was New: Early Scenes From 30s To 50s

Skiing was once considered a fad like Mah-Jong.  That was a long time ago. Here’s a seven-minute series of clips from John Jay’s “Ski Down The Years”, a visual history of skiing from the early days of rope tows in the mid-30s in New England to the FIS championships at Aspen in 1950.  From our current perspective, those initial attempts appear[Read More…]

by August 18, 2014 1 comment Home Top Box 2, Ski History
Suicide Six Poma Lift
Credit: New England Ski Museum

When Going Up Was Half The Fun

Early New England Tows We Still Miss. I’ve been skiing for 65 years, grown and raised in Concord MA.  I made my first turns on Punkatasset Hill, a no-lift neighborhood ski hill. That’s where I side-stepped to the top to pack the snow before picking my way down through the labyrinth of slalom poles my dad had set for me and[Read More…]

by July 15, 2014 3 comments Features, Ski History

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