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Legacy: Groomed for Success

Legacy: Groomed for Success

The “pilots” of early groomers steered risky contraptions of cutters and rollers, shown here at Winter Park, Colo., in the early ’60s.

The roller that paved the way—for better or worse—for easier turns, wider trails and tamer terrain.

As you enjoy your first runs this winter, remember that perfectly groomed morning corduroy wasn’t always so. Consistently good snow surfaces didn’t exist even 25 years ago. Slopes were typically pocked with hard bumps, icy patches, frozen crud and soil-stained ruts.

It wasn’t as if ski area operators weren’t trying to create easy-turning snow. In the 1930s and into the 1940s, they gave lift tickets to skiers willing to sidestep up the hill to pack down the slopes. A few operators used snowmobiles and snowcats to haul farm disc harrows and rollers over the snow.

Attitash Announces Over $3 Million in Capital Improvement Projects

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$2.5 million will go towards primary investments, including snowmaking enhancements, lift extension, two new grooming machines, and base lodge upgrades.

Ski & Ride Red for Free

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Friday, December 22, 2006, is Free For Everyone at Red Mountain.

Unchanged For The Better

Travel East

While nearby Sunday River boomed and profited, Mt. Abram kept it real. Who wins? That depends how you measure success.

Over $7 Million in Steamboat Vacation Experience Enhancements Planned for 2006/2007 Season

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Sunshine Express and food/beverage facilities lead the list of improvements.

SKI Remembers Everett F. Kircher

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Everett F. Kircher, a pioneer in the ski industry as an innovator of ski instruction, snowmaking and grooming, and founder of the nation's largest privately held chain of ski resorts died Wednesday, Jan. 16. He was 85.

SkiNet Remembers Everett F. Kircher

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Everett F. Kircher, a pioneer in the ski industry was an innovator of ski instruction, snowmaking and grooming, and founder of the nation's largest privately held chain of ski resorts died Wednesday, Jan. 16. He was 85.

Vail, Colorado: Rank 1 West, 1998

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Legendary filmmaker Orson Welles once said, "I hate television. I hate it as much as I hate peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts." Our readers have a similar relationship with Vail, and return it to No. 1 in North America.

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