In 1948 Pappy Rogers, the general manager of Sun Valley, Idaho, sold the world's first chairlift to a young man from Detroit. Pappy wanted $5,000 for the already obsolete, wood-tower chairlift. Everett Kircher talked him down to $4,800 and then set to
On a recent flight, I sat next to a young woman who was headed to Aspen for her first "Learn to Ski" week. After being served the standard miniature airline meal, she pulled out an issue of SKI Magazine from the seat pocket in front of her.
Resorts from Maine to California are abuzz with stories of fantastic early season conditions and more skier visits than the last few years. Should the trend continue, who knows what's in store for the ski industry and its patrons.