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Ads from the Past: Stowe, 1961
Vermont’s first chairlift opened at Mt. Mansfield on November 17, 1940. Management claimed it was the longest in the world, at 6,330 feet, rising 2,033 vertical feet. It delivered 200 skiers per hour to the summit after a painfully slow (and freezing) half-hour ride. Riders on the single chair huddled under woolen blankets, with no one to talk to or cuddle with. As early as 1943, skiers complained of waiting in two-hour lift lines. Across the road on Spruce Peak, a faster double chair arrived in 1954, carrying 500 skiers per hour, but that didn’t solve the Mt. Mansfield waits. So it was big news when the Ski Capital of the East boasted about its “NEW double chairlift” in this 1961 SKI Magazine ad. The new double more than tripled capacity to the summits, and lift lines evaporated for a couple of seasons. But overcrowding returned, and in 1986 the original single chair was replaced by New England’s first high-speed quad, hauling 1,500 skiers per hour.
Coming Up in Future Issues
- Whatever Happened to ruade? Remember hopping your ski tails up and sideways to start a turn? Ron LeMaster explains the “mule kick” turn.
- Aspen’s 75th Anniversary Most of us know how Friedl Pfeifer and Walter Paepcke brought ski lifts to Aspen. We look at the locals who actually built the lifts and lodges.
- The History of Yellowstone on Skis In the late 1880s, Army ski patrols chased poachers in America’s first national park. Add skiing mailmen and tourists, and Yellowstone quietly became a hub of skiing in the West.
- Where Are They Now? He raced for Italy on the World Cup tour from 1981-89, was a teammate of Alberto Tomba and was the 1990 Rookie of the Year on the U.S. Pro Tour. We catch up with Marco Tonazzi.
- Spider’s Web More than four decades after his death, the delayed induction of Spider Sabich into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame illuminates his life.
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