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  • 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.
  • mapnut, a lot of those trees came down in the state forest next to Mohawk, as you know. Some people wanted them cleaned up, but the state said let 'em decay and return to the soil. It was kind of a mess for a while, but the state was letting nature …
    in Magic updates? Comment by Bill29 May 11
  • ski itIt's closed. NELSAP has a history written by Laurie P. I haven't been passed it in about 6 months (no pressing need to go to South Barre) but the last time I went by it was closed. I don't know about the plots, but Bob Anderson was there and h…
    in Magic updates? Comment by Bill29 May 9
  • Twice in the back of a Tucker Sno-Cat up to the summit of Mt. Washington - on a trip recounted in this  forum a little while back, and once in a luxurious groomer with a heater, cushioned seats, a radio and, I think, cassette player, on Mt. Wachuset…
  • This is a little off topic, sorry. Mapnut. Pleasant Mountain, where you never skied, is the first place I ever tried real skiing. Until that time I had, on occasion as a little kid  in Middletown, Conn., slid down hill on wooden skis without metal e…
  • O.K. George, here's some history that probably won't be repeated.From an old "Ski Talk" column from the Worcester Evening Gazette, circa late 1960s or early 1970s, by guess who and that I just found:"A flock of sheep was turned loose on the slopes o…
    in Magic updates? Comment by Bill29 May 4
  • Ward Hill - Ski Ward. Powder Hill - Powder Ridge
  • Interesting discussion. It makes me think that the ski season is just about finished.
  • Mt. Wachusett has plowed up a 30-foot-high pile of snow on Challenger, near the bottom. The talk was that they may try to spread it out and open a lift in early May. Temps are supposed to be cool for a while. There were some people climbing to earn …
  • bubblecuffer, someone involved with Wachusett said Monday that, if the snow holds, they might run a lift in May, the way the area did a couple of years ago. But with record 80-degree temps Tuesday, that's probably wishful thinking.BTW, how long did …
  • Wachusett ran April 7,8 and 9, then closed, though on Monday there was at least one skier who earned turns on a 70s degree day by climbing. That will probably comyinue for a little while, anyway. Very few bare spots showing on the mountain Monday, t…
  • Wachusett, I understand, may run next weekend (April 7,8 9) if snow conditions are right. They are telling people to call. They had all their season-ending foolishness - cardboard box races, slush pond, etc., Sunday and ran again Monday. People who …