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  • 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…
    in Blue Knob Sold Comment by Bill29 July 26
  • 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,…
  • Agamenticus (Another wild guess and probably misspelled).
  • A wild guess for no good reason: Watatic.
  • NJSki, to really experience what it was like, you'd have to ski that stuff in the kind of equipment mapnut described when he skier there. I remember skiing at Spruce Peak one day, probably in the early '60s, when there was a junior race (I think the…
  • Thanks, Jeremy. Now I won't have to call the editor at the Telegram & Gazette and tell her to run a correction for that 1970s ski column. Where did you find that story?
  • mapnut, I don't remember seeing any stories about the June 9, 1953 Worcester tornado hitting any ski areas, but there weren't  any in those days abound here.It started in Petersham, and blew itself out near Westborough, but some of the lighter debri…
  • From the look of Powder Ridge for much of last winter - minimal cover on many slopes and trails - they might as well leave the new artificial stuff there all season. A news report on radio this morning said it would be in place in August. I think ot…
  • You're not going to include Pine Ridge in Barre, Mass., from an old '70s Worcester Gazette ski column which quoted Pine Ridge owner Bob Anderson, who said a tornado beat his ski area up? Is that a run-on sentence or what?
  • Welcome, Fury. Interesting first post. Are you connected in any way to Saddleback? (I suppose that's none of my business, but that's never stopped me.)
    in Saddleback Comment by Bill29 June 29
  • Sorry to hear this news. He was a very nice guy. I remember the year the expanded Waterville  opened for business. (Snow's Mountain had been running for a while.) There had been a delay in getting the lifts up and ready and they hadn't been inspecte…
  • NJSki, that's the t-bar that acted like a chairlift on the top half of that run. It got so steep that the t-bar kind of tucked under the rider and felt like it was about to lift him or her off the ground. It served the A, B and C slopes. I can't rem…
  • I would add Ward Hill - Ski Ward - as a feeder area and Wachusett as a regional ski area.
  • Nice job. Big areas, small areas, in-between areas, in lovely weather, overcast weather, frigid weather, you captured the feel and spirit of skiing in New England.
  • MadPatSki, that May holiday in Canada (do they still call it Queen Victoria Day?) used to - and probably still does - bring lots of Canadians to Tuckerman Ravine on Mt.Washington. It always was a weekend that was a lot of fun. They were a wild bunch.