Category Archives: Snow Machines

Summer Skiing: Mount Hood

mount mt hood timberline tucker snocat ski skiing summerIs anyone headed to Mt. Hood in Oregon, the Southern Hemisphere or another destination for summer skiing?

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Ski-Doo: Otis, 1975

otis massachusetts vintage ski doo snowmobile lake

Today is my birthday, forty-two!  This photo was taken in the winter of 1975 and is one of my all-time favorites:  Mom and Dad taking me out on our Ski-Doo sleds by our camp on Benton Pond in Otis, Massachusetts.

At three years old, I was pretty into zooming around out in the snow.  And I remember really liking my snowmobile gear – the fun and excitement that this specific uniform enabled, picking out cool patches for my mother to stitch on the cozy one-piece suit, the movement of the fur around the snorkel hood and thanks to a friend of the family – a custom Tweety Bird paint job on my helmet!

Snowmobiling has always been a family activity for us and the first thing that taught my brother and me that wintertime is playtime.  Thanks, Mom and Dad!

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Winter Ritual: Snow Tires

vintage photo car chains tires snowNo need for chains with studded Hakkapeliittas – snow tires are on!  My Subaru now drives like a little tank.  Overkill perhaps, but it is habit and peace of mind for the thousands of miles logged up to and around Vermont all winter long.

My dad has always told me, “Good tires are cheap insurance.”  I have taken that to heart and think I get as excited about a fresh pair of Nokian Tyres as a new pair of skis!  Safe driving to everyone this winter. . .

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Ski New Hampshire: Spokesmodels

model irehne hennessey cranmore ski mobile north conway new hampshire 196012/7/1960 Press Photo:  Irehne Carter Hennessy of Wellesley Hills, Mass., here on popular Skimobile, North Conway.  Hennessey has skied New England, California and Europe.

ski cannon mittersill skidoo vintage new hampshire1/9/1961 Press Photo:  CANNON MOUNTAIN, N.H.:  The most time-consuming thing about skiing – getting back to the top of the slope you’ve just slid down – is no trouble for Lynn Cutler, of Hamilton, Mass., who zooms up Cannon Mountain, N.H., in the latest of uphill ski devices.  The two-passenger, gasoline-powered “Ski Doo” can roar up the Mittersill ski area slopes at a speed of 20 miles an hour.

betsy snite ski racer dartmouth skiway lyme new hampshire3/16/1962 Press Photo:  GOOD SKIING IN ANY LANGUAGE – Former Olympic skier Betsy Snite stands by sign near ski lift at the Dartmouth Skiway, Lyme, N.H.  Sign in Russian, French and German, as well as English, is concession to multi-lingual skiers who use the area.  No matter what language you use, recent snowfalls have made skiing excellent throughout most of the ski country.

tucker sno cat mount sunapee new hampshire vintage 19541/23/1954 Press Photo:  WE WANT MORE SNOW says pretty Gwen Devenger of Newport, N.H., climbing out of a Sno-Cat at Mount Sunapee State Park, Mt. Sunapee, New Hampshire.  Miss Devenger, a freshman at the Boston University School of Music who reigned last summer as “Miss Lake Sunapee”, is anxious to try out her skis at the popular New Hampshire ski development which needs another few inches of snow for good skiing.

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Ascutney: Vermont 50

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Today my husband and I are headed to Ascutney, Vermont for the 20th annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race or Ultra-Run.  So happy that the weather is looking really nice for a really long bike ride!

I found this vintage patch for the Little Ascutney Snowmobile Club at a flea market a few months ago. The patch is large (6”), features a flocked fisher cat mascot and shows wear of riding many miles stitched to a snowmobile suit – it’s fantastic!

Like the VAST trails snowmobilers travel in winter, the fifty-mile course of the VT50 is made possible only with generous access to private land.  Thank you, landowners!

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Drive Like A Girl: Women, Cars, Skis

vintage chevrolet car ski massachusetts 1941Chevrolet, Massachusetts 1941.

vintage plymouth car ski vermont 1941 womanPlymouth, Vermont 1941.

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Tucker Sno-Cat: Passo Stelvio Glacier, Italy

vintage tucker sno-cat passo stelvio glacier italy summer skiing

This looks like great fun – summer skiing in Italy on the Stelvio Glacier thanks to Hotel Pirovano‘s Tucker Sno-Cat!

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Ascutney Mountain, Vermont

ascutney mountain vermont vintage ski patchxxascutney vermont ski area vintage brochurexascutney vermont ski polar bear chairliftxascutney vermont vintage trail map ski areaxascutney vermont vintage tucker snocatThe “shocking pink or cerise” Tucker Sno-Cat.  From Vermont Life magazine, Winter 1949-50

Tonight was registration for the Vermont 50, a mountain bike race and ultra run to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.  The 700 spots for mountain bikers sold out in 23 minutes!  I am thinking about all the miles I need to ride between now and the event at end of September.

I am also thinking about Ascutney Mountain – where the race begins and ends.  Needless to say, it is tremendously sad that this ski resort is no longer in operation.  With original trails cut by the CCC in 1935, it was a ski area with history and character, old school trails and varied terrain — and a penchant for fun as evidenced here by the polar bear on the chair lift!

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Thiokol Spryte Snowcat

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