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Skier of the Decade: Wayne Pierce, 1950s

Skier of the Decade: Wayne Pierce, 1950s
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The father of snowmaking.

Sixty years ago, winter was either a powder heaven or a cold, snowless hell. Drought winters presented a real environmental barrier to creating a popular mass recreation sport.

In 1949–50, three aircraft-engineersturned- ski-makers in Connecticut were almost out of business, their metal skis unsellable. Arthur Hunt, Wayne Pierce and Dave richey of TEy Manufacturing were trying to figure out what to do next in another snowless winter.

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