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A First But Where?

This one might be a bigger challenge than normal. Hint: New England. Where is this? What is the significance of this lift?

Last Week

Snow dance prayer ceremony at Vail’s inaugural season, 1962. Credit: Colorado Snowsports Museum

In December 1962, Vail co-founder Pete Seibert was worried about the snowfall for the resort’s inaugural ski season. Long before settlers came to the Gore Creek Valley, Southern Ute Indians inhabited the area as a summer home. Because Pete knew this, he reached out to the area’s oldest known residents for help and invited members of the tribe to perform a snow dance prayer to bring snow. Eddie Box Jr. and Sr. were present at the 1962 ceremony. Eddie Box Jr. and his wife Betty performed such ceremonies since the 1962 event, one being in 2012. Wouldn’t you know, both years saw a lot of snow.

And thanks again to the Colorado Snowsports Museum for this amazing, historic photograph.


  1. Susie Greer says:

    Gilbert’s Hill in Woodstock, VT

  2. 1st rope tow in America at Bunny Bertrums near Suicide Six.

  3. Belnap Mt (Gunstock) , longest rope, 333 feet

  4. Belnap ski area (Gunstock) NH

  5. Marty Glendon says:

    Rope Tow at Bousquet’s in Pittsfield, MA Powered by electric motor.

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