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  • Fantastic, you guys. Great pics of early-seasoo skiing. Thanks much.
  • Dorset Hollow, Vt. Developers in the 1980s were said to be planning a very big ski area and resort with a 3,000-foot vertical, a couple of chairs, maybe a tram, a golf course and lots of other stuff. Strong local opposition caused the proposed de…
  • Many years ago, the U.S. Ski Writers held their annual meeting in the spring at Snowbird, during the national freestyle championship. The aerials were on a lower slope near the tram loading area, as I recall. The patio was loaded with spectators. It…
  • Yawgoo Valley, R.I. I'm guessing it's about 60 miles from Dudley, MA, but less than that by crow.
  • Mapnut, Rick, I'm with you on that Sugarloaf approach. When you make that turn toward the mountain and get the full view of the trails , it's a "WOW" moment. I have to mention that when I turn off Route 140 toward Mt. Wachusett and get the full view…
  • Dorset Hollow, Vt. Developers in the 1980s were said to be planning a very big ski area and resort with a 3,000-foot vertical, a couple of chairs, maybe a tram, a golf course and lots of other stuff. Strong local opposition caused the proposed devel…
  • Ski Ward (Ward Hill). I don't know who owns the area. I think they still lease the land on the hill, but I'm not sure abouth that, either.
  • I hope to get back on skis this season. I didn't make it last season (new hip). I hope to get into skiing shape by January. I'm no kid  (88 last Sunday) but I'm working at it. I'm told that 60 is the new 50 and 50 is the new 40. I understand 88 is t…
  • ba-dum-bump!
  • Just beyond the top of Polar Express near the summit of  Mt. Wachusett there is a plaque paying tribute to the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division and its service in Italy during World War II. The 10thMountain Trail is named for that division. The …
  •       Mt. Wachusett added some fuel Monday with the W.O.T.S. (Wachusett Old Time Skiers) luncheon at the mountain. We had a very nice chicken dinner with salad, potatoes, carrots and apple crisp with ice cream for dessert, all for $15.       There …
  • Someone on a recent radio broadcast - perhaps a weather report, I don't know because I was just half-listening - said NOAA predicts that this winter in the Northeast will be somewhat warmer than average. Anyone else heard that? Others say colder and…
  • Looks like the convent for the Flying Nun.
  • I wouldn't class it as one of the most horrifying architectural monstrosities in the northeast, but the base lodge at Crotched doesn't look like a ski lodge when you first see it. At least it didn't to me. Instead it looked like a state highway depa…
  • Aren't all the SKI ratings popularity contests? I thought they were based on reader surveys, though I have not read the article yet, so I don't know. Wachusett is an hour's drive or less from the four largest cities in New England so it does get lot…
  • Great stuff. Watching television programs must be a let-down  for some of you guys. Your dreams are better, plus no commercials.
  • I believe I was the first guest to stay at the hotel at Evergreen. They were putting the finishing touches on the place. It had to be early October, I guess in 1972,  because I had just been to the Fryeburg Fair. I wanted to look at the new area, bu…
  • No, I hadn't started skiing yet. I didn't start until I was an old man of 30. But I remember diving to the summit one winter's day (they kept the road open so they could service electronic equipment up there. BTW, I don't know who "they" were) and s…
  • NELSAP area; you can look it up. Moose Hill in Spencer, Mass., used flatbed trucks to haul skiers from bottom to top. There were no other lifts. It operated on weekends and didn't have quite the vertical Sugarloaf has.
  • As chronicled here some time ago, the head of  the Wildcat Ski patrol, Al Risch, his wife, Allison, and others ran memorable (at least one was) cat skiing from the summit of Mt. Washington several years ago after the lifts closed at Wildcat..
  • ski it, I think that if you go to a ski show or Warren Miller movie and fill anything out with your name and address, you'll get SKI magazine. I get a postcard every year telling me i'm going to get it unless I send the card back saying I don't want…
  • SKI Magazine's equipment issue is out. They never met any equipment they didn't like.
  • I believe Wachusett used to have a deal with Okemo. WAWA season passholders got discounts similar to those they're getting from  Stratton. I don't know whether they're still doing that. I guess if you want to know the conditions at Stratton before y…
  • A couple of years ago St. Joseph's Trappist Monastery in Spencer, MA.,built a state-of-the-art brewery and began making ale and beer. I think they have seven different beers nd ales now. They have to meet certain standards and requirements to be abl…
  • Early changes sometimes indicate stress or damage of some kind. Check those trees in a year or two to see if they're still around.
  • Rick, That's a nice try and I hope you keep it up. But I'm beginning to think it's like tilting at windmills. The misuse of the apostrophe is everywhere, especially on mailboxes. It's like trying to convince people that "I could care less" means th…
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  • Suzy did more at Mt. Snow  than be a flight attendant. She taught groups of kids some moves on skis during th early days of freestyle competition. The girls' freestyle team from Ward Hill - believe it or not, the ski school at Ward was a leader in f…
  • I believe the Fountain Mountain ended after someone died of injuries suffered in a fall on it. I don't remember when that happened. When Walt first put the fountain in what he called Snow Lake, when they turned it on one cold, windy winter day, spra…
  • mapnut, you're not mistaken. And I don't know how well that operation in the Portland quarries is doing.I've been by there a few times and I haven't seen very many people there. Those were working quarries from the early 1800s until the March, 1936,…