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Thread Starter 

Scrolling through Instagram a bit ago (don't forget to follow us @epic_ski) I noticed Shawnee Mountain put up a picture of their rental stock and mentioned they have the largest rental shop under one roof in the US. What interesting ski area facts can you come up with?

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Woodstock, Vermont had the first rope tow (or ski lift of any kind) in the country:

http://www.nelsap.org/vt/woodstockhill.html

 

The ski hill itself is no longer in service, although Suicide Six has to be pretty close by where it was.

 

Cannon, NH had the first tram in America:  http://www.cannonmt.com/history.html

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Crystal Mountain, WA site was selected because it got LESS SNOW than a couple of other locations that were being considered.

 

One of the finalists locations for Sun Valley was the Paradise region on Mount Rainier.  One of the reasons Ketchum, ID won was because they already had a train track.

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Stowe had the first chairlift in the US which opened in 1940, and at the time it was the longest aerial tramway in the world. It was a single chair that followed the same path as the current Fourrunner.

 

Also the Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol, which services Stowe, was the first ski patrol in America, founded in 1933.

 

The original trails at Stowe were cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Of the original 6 trails, 5 still exist. 3 are part of the current Stowe trail system (Nosedive, Lord, Perry Merrill). Two are outside the trail system (The Bruce, Teardrop).

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Stowe had the first chairlift in the US which opened in 1940, and at the time it was the longest aerial tramway in the world. It was a single chair that followed the same path as the current Fourrunner.

 

Also the Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol, which services Stowe, was the first ski patrol in America, founded in 1933.

 

The original trails at Stowe were cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Of the original 6 trails, 5 still exist. 3 are part of the current Stowe trail system (Nosedive, Lord, Perry Merrill). Two are outside the trail system (The Bruce, Teardrop).

 

I have always heard that Sun Valley Idaho laid claim to the first chairlift in the country.  Wikipedia claims Sun Valley first had one in 1936.  Cannon's tram opened for service in 1938.  Stowe might have been the first in Vermont?

post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 

I will add for Cannon they also had the first man cut racing trail in N. America (Taft Slalom) IIRC.

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Snow Summit, in Big Bear CA, hosted the first winter X games in 1997.  

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I have always heard that Sun Valley Idaho laid claim to the first chairlift in the country.  Wikipedia claims Sun Valley first had one in 1936.  Cannon's tram opened for service in 1938.  Stowe might have been the first in Vermont?

The original SV chair ended up at a little community ski area in Cordova AK.

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Sun Valley's old limelight chair ended up at little Ski Discovery in Montana.

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Whistler started in conjunction with a bid for the 1976 Olympics. Took a few more years to eventually get them.   

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Sun Valley's old limelight chair ended up at little Ski Discovery in Montana.

This old chair sees more snow than it did in Idaho.  http://www.alaskaheliski.com/experience/activities/mt-eyak-ski-area/

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in terms of old lifts etc Norquay @ Banff had ski runs in 1926. Currently has the second oldest chair (1940s) running in North America.

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This old chair sees more snow than it did in Idaho.  http://www.alaskaheliski.com/experience/activities/mt-eyak-ski-area/


I like the $3 a run ticket option :)

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Edited by Abox - 11/27/13 at 7:19am
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Mt. Snow , VT used to have a swimming pool in front of the base lodge.

 

Hunter Mountain, NY used to have a swimming pool in the base lodge.

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The Sky Express is "most modern underground cable railway in Europe, climbs the 638 m that separate Campodolcino from Motta in only three minutes. The funicular is entirely underground inside a tunnel. The altitude of the valley station is 1082 m while the mountain station is at 1721 m. The line gradient is 51%. The train is 23 m long in total and travels at a speed of 10 m/s on a track gauge of 1.40 m. "

Not sure what's meant by "most modern" here, though I had heard this is the fastest rise per meter of any lift in the world. 

 

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Aspen had the world's biggest silver nugget pulled out of it in the 1880's.
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The first double chair lift in the world was put into operation on the south face of the summit of Mt Spokane in 1946.

 

 

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80 countries offer some form of a ski area.

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The Cascade Tunnel, the longest tunnel in the United States, takes trains on the main Burlington Northern route from Seattle east, directly under Cowboy Mountain where Stevens Pass's 7th Heaven run is located.  The trains pass about 3500' below your feet.

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Stowe had the first chairlift in the US which opened in 1940, and at the time it was the longest aerial tramway in the world. It was a single chair that followed the same path as the current Fourrunner.

 

Also the Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol, which services Stowe, was the first ski patrol in America, founded in 1933.

 

 

The first chairlift was installed in 1936 in Sun Valley, ID.

 

Gore Mt formed a Ski Patrol 1933-1934 season that included a volunteer first aid committee.

 

Mt Peter in NY was founded by Macys to show and sell ski fashions. This is its 77th season.

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When you ski at Nakiska, if you take the Gold chair up to the highest part of the publicly accessible area, as you near the top you will see a poma lift off in the distance leading even further up the mountain.  It was installed specifically for the men's downhill race course in the 1988 olympics.  This lift is not, and has not ever to my knowledge, been open to the public.  However, it is allegedly still operational, being used on occasion by ski patrol for avalanche prevention duties. 

 

It's kinda spooky the first time you catch a glimpse of it from the chair.  Mystery ghost lift. 

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In 1998, Cochran's Ski Area (VT) became the nations first IRS 501 (c)(3) non-profit ski area.

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Snow King Mountain in Jackson WY is the steepest ski hill in the US based on the rise/run of the summit lift.  Snow King is also the site of the first use of a guidon cord for avalanche rescue.  It was Virginia Huidikopers idea on an incident in Leeks Canyon.  We were also told, although I'm not sure if this one is true, that the box splint was inovated here.

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Wolf Creek is a family owned and operated ski area. The owners of the ski area, the Pitcher family, are direct descendants of Otto Mears, the man who developed a boggling number of toll roads and short line railroads throughout the San Juans, and perhaps the man most responsible for the successful establishment of most of the mining towns in the region.

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80 countries offer some form of a ski area.

Most ski resorts by country:

 

#5. France (196)

 

#4. Italy (217)

 

#3. Austria (275)

 

#2. Japan (305)

 

#1. USA (428)

post #27 of 28
Sweden had 227 ski resorts in 2012. Statistics for 2013 have not been published yet, but it's not a number which changes much from year to year.
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Yeah, take those numbers with a grain of salt. I've seen in a number of places that, depending on definition, Japan has the most ski areas. 

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