Author to discuss history of ski resort in Southern Vermont
Author to discuss
ski history of Vt.
MANCHESTER — The Northshire Bookstore will host an appearance on Saturday by author Linda Goodspeed who will talk about her latest book, “Pico, Vermont.”
The book tells the history of Pico, home of one of America’s pioneering ski resorts, within the broader context of the development of alpine skiing in the United States.
Goodspeed, a local author, will present a slideshow and lead a discussion about the early ski resort, Pico, and the history of the industry in Southern Vermont.
In 1937, Brad and Janet Mead, two young ski enthusiasts from New York City, moved to Vermont to develop a ski mountain. On Thanksgiving Day that year, the Meads opened Pico ski resort with a 1,200 foot rope tow.
It was the very dawn of the ski industry. Rope tows had just been invented. Skiers wore baggy, heavy wool clothes and leather boots they clamped tightly into “bear trap” bindings atop long wooden skis. Technique was primitive and spills plentiful but participants found it to be great fun and Pico and skiing took off.
For many years, Pico led the way, installing the first alpine ski lift in North America, starting the first ski patrol and one of the most successful junior ski racing programs in the country.
For more information about Goodspeed, or to contact her, visit her website at: lindagoodspeed.com.
Her appearance at the Northshire Bookstore will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free but seating is first come, first served.