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I remember 79-80 well.  I drove all the way to Sugarbush with my then
girlfreind for what was to be our first ever "big mountain experience" on
December 30, 1979 in my mom's '72 Buick Centurion hogmobile.

There were four runs open, (really two ways down from mid-mountain), but it
was cold enough to bust the somehow discharged battery in our car and freeze
it to the frame.  I also remember struggling for awhile to get the battery
lifted free when this gigantic plaided and facial haired guy materialized
out of our rustic lodge in Kingsfield (the Alpine Inn?) and offered to help
twist it out.  I said "No problem I'm a farmer."  He laughed and said "Yeah,
but I'm a lumberjack"
....grunt/ripppppppp/bang.


However, there was no snowmaking anywhere in the far north yet except at
Killington, which we drove past to get to Sugarloaf.

I've yet to return to the loaf. <grin>

Leigh


----- Original Message -----
From: "Skip King" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, January 03, 2005 4:29 PM
Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] Wx outlook for this week


> At 03:59 PM 1/3/2005, Carol wrote:
>
>
> >Question: Those who have been up here for years -- does this season
> >"start" break any records for awful?
>
>
> Carol, I've been involved with the ski industry in Vermont in one way or
> another since 1977.  I'm sure that my memory is selective, but truthfully
I
> can only remember one other year that started out so poorly - '79-80.  I
> seem to recall a pretty grim one in the early '70s, too - back before
evril
> snowmaking took hold.
>
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