My very first issue, September 1968! All the following is from a section called "SKI Reports", pages 23 - 24. Considering what follows, the first quote seems very odd.
" . . But this year is more trot than dash to finish construction before the first snow falls. The main reason is, simply, there isn't much going on . . . Ski Park City West, a new Utah ski area just 22 miles east of Salt Lake City, will debut with three double chairlifts, a day lodge and administration building and inn. Future plans call for a tram, more chairlifts and villages accessible only by lifts and located on ridges on the mountain. [now The Canyons] . . . Squaw Valley, Calif., has perhaps the biggest expansion of any ski area this year. The area is building a 7,600-foot cable car with a 120-passenger cabin, the largest cabin in the world, plus three more chairlifts, giving Squaw Valley a total of 20 chairlifts.
"What will be virtually a third ski area at Stowe, Vt, will come into being with completion of the new "Chin" lift, a gondola running up to the right of the present Mt. Mansfield trail network and connecting with it. Like Stowe's Spruce Peak area across the road, the Chin Lift will have its own restaurants at the top and bottom. [Did Spruce Peak ever have a restaurant at the top?] The gondola is 7,000 feet long with 2,250 feet of vertical, and opens up plenty of new intermediate terrain on the mountain . . . something it has long needed. [The picture accompanying this item, a section of the trail map, has the trails all wrong - it shows 5, all top to bottom, all parallel to the gondola. Must have been very preliminary.]
"The highlight of a multi-million dollar development announced late last season by Killington is a three-and-a-half-mile, four-passenger gondola which will open up the Skye Peak terrain. The first two of three stages are under construction with a base station near Route 4 in W. Bridgewater. A new trail system, the first for the Killington East development, will initially consist of eight trails connected to the existing Killington complex. . . . A tapering off of Mittersill's chalet-style development at Franconia, NH may be in sight, following construction of a veritable ski-area skyscraper - a five-story version of Mittersill Inn. The structure will have 55 rooms and dining facilities for 250.
OTHER RESORT NOTES
"Loon Mountain, NH, has installed a 3,690-foot double chairlift which opens up 22 acres of advanced and expert terrain [East Basin] . . . Squaw Mountain, Maine has a 6,000-foot double chairlift . . . and Stratton, Vt., a double chair and 60 acres of slopes."
[Old Stratton trail map to follow in a separate post.]