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Guess this lost NE ski area

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Posted: Dec 15, 2009 - 8:17 PM GMT
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this should be a hard one, here is some help, in NE, picture taken march 1940 , area is closed. good luck
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Posted: Dec 16, 2009 - 1:45 AM GMT

Nice pic....haven't a clue, but my gut says southern NH area.
Was paying more attention to the woman up front on the tow. Looks like she's hanging on for life. The gent third back looks to have the proper technique.
I'll pull a guess out of my hat and say Brookline

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Posted: Dec 18, 2009 - 7:26 PM GMT

Great one, and I have no idea. Could we have a hint? Is it on NELSAP.org?

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Posted: Dec 19, 2009 - 2:29 AM GMT



Well, Mr. Magic, I'm scratching my head on this one. Not that I was around in 1940 to ski this area ... but I'm looking for geographic clues in your photo.

All the evergreens are spruces or firs. I can't spot any pines, which leads me to place this scene in the north part of northern New England -- e.g., Rutland VT or points north. It's interesting to note that while evergreens predominate at the base of the rope tow, hardwoods predominate on the distant hills. (Probably means only that the ski hill faces north -- duh!-- or else a fire swept over the hills a while ago, which would encourage birches.)

Those hills in the distance should be a clue, but I can't place them. They are rounded but not rocky or ledgy. No big mountains in this view. Many places in VT would match this scenery; fewer in central NH or Maine.

Maybe I should just start clicking NELSAP pages.

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Posted: Dec 20, 2009 - 2:36 AM GMT

Temple Mountain?

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Posted: Dec 20, 2009 - 5:43 PM GMT

well all good guesses, here are some more hints:

it is on NELSAP so jeremy got that right


woody your right about the trees but try south of rutland (VT)

the area never grew bigger than a rope tow

one other note: nelsap.org has this area running in the 30's from the photo we now know it was open till at least march of 1940!
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Posted: Dec 20, 2009 - 7:29 PM GMT

MrMagic, based on your clues, how about this?

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Posted: Dec 20, 2009 - 9:45 PM GMT
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well woody here it is:::::

maybe the same area? under another name? here the area in question:http://www.nelsap.org/vt/woodford.html

on the back: dec22 1940 - merry christmas from alex depdale

maybe the owner?
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Posted: Dec 20, 2009 - 9:58 PM GMT

Wow, what a great shot Chris! Where did you find that one? May we use it for the book?

I was in the Bennington VT library in November doing some research. The Hedgehog tow was not located at Prospect but somewhere near that, trying to pin that down.

There is no reference to an Alex Rope Tow - since the back is signed with Alex - perhaps its more like "Alex on the rope tow"?

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Posted: Dec 20, 2009 - 10:48 PM GMT

Ok, this might help us pin this down!

Here's a map from a reader from 10 years ago - I don't have a larger version. It shows two tows at two different areas. The southernmost one matches up with the now defunct Prospect Mtn. The more N'rn one could be the Hedgehog Hovel tow - I did a google earth view, attached, of near the northernmost tow is - and it looks like it matches up with Chris' photo, including Route 9 (Molly Stark Trail).

On the map it does show Hedgehog Hovel on the left side of the road. The articles I have mention Hedgehog Hovel - which is near that second tow.

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Posted: Dec 20, 2009 - 11:20 PM GMT

wow more to this than i thought

feel free to use it for the book, let me know if you want me to mail it to you.

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