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Old 05-31-2017, 06:00 PM
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I thought I would share some old pictures today!

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Old 06-01-2017, 04:39 PM
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Old 06-07-2017, 05:32 PM
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Love the suicide doors on the last picture.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:26 PM
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Love the suicide doors on the last picture.
my freighter has them to , makes climbing up the pontoons alitle harder but love the look
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Old 06-09-2017, 01:04 PM
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Had a great visit from a gentleman named Forest Wells! He gave us some great pictures of the 1948 Operation Snow-Cat Cascade and one of a Red Hill Snow Survey. Thought I would share them.

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Old 07-10-2017, 02:30 PM
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Finally in the paint shop getting its first coats of paint!

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Old 07-10-2017, 05:48 PM
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Great stuff!! I some how missed the 22 day snow survey article. Probably about time to do that survey again...
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:08 PM
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Found some more pictures to share!! They are taken here in Medford in front of the factory.

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Old 07-11-2017, 03:46 PM
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Wow!

I learned to ski at Mt. Ascutney in the sixties and I remember a bunch of steel tracked Tuckers there. Very happy memories.

Sadly the ski area is no more:

http://www.newenglandskihistory.com/...t/ascutney.php
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Old 07-11-2017, 05:25 PM
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Would love to see more pictures on this restore...looks great
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:35 AM
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In relation to the last photo of the Bromley 624-

From an article "Snowcats & the death of moguls"
(https://skibums.wordpress.com/2013/0...ath-of-moguls/)

"The “ideal” purpose for these early vehicles was thought to be transportation and as utility vehicles for logging. The idea of using snowcats for grooming ski slopes only came later. In 1947 Big Bromley Ski Resort purchased a Tucker Sno-cat to haul spectators to the top of the mountain so they could dazzle at the three-state view. They would then meander down the mountain stopping at points so visitors could watch those crazy skiers coming down the hill. Snowcats are still used to haul people up the hill. However, instead of transporting non-skiers, snowcats have become a fairly affordable way people can experience the joys of the backcountry."

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Also in the last photo is this cat:

http://ascutneyoutdoors.org/history/

"1947-48: The rope tow operation was relocated west to the present location of Mt. Ascutney Resort. The improved operation included diesel rope tows, many new trails, night skiing, and snowcat served skiing (via a 3.5 mile ride in a Tucker machine on the other side of the mountain).)

http://archive.li/8SmdN

"Despite objections from her Board, Kip purchased a Tucker Sno-Cat for mountain maintenance and snow grooming. Many on the board saw it as an expensive extravagance, and not something the area should have been investing in at such an early time in it's development. It was a "shocking pink" and according to Kip, "it photgraphed well in color". It was also used to take skiers up the toll road (at a dollar a run) for a 3-1/2 mile run from the top of the mountain. It was nicknamed "MASA", which was just an abbreviation for Mt.Ascutney Ski Area. Two years later it was traded in for another model, yellow this time, and also used for hayrides and private parties apart from it's ski duties."
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Sincere thanks for those links! Reading them was a trip down memory lane.

I remember both before and after Ascutney built the new base lodge. The old one was small, dark, and always crowded. The new one was big, open and had a huge wall of windows facing the mountain. It also had two large round fireplaces that skiers would sit by and warm their feet.

I don't want to hijack this (excelllent) thread, but it's interesting to think back to the late sixties and the ski industry in southern Vermont. There were a fair number of ski areas then and for the most part they were all small and none were particularly successful. Fast forward to today and some are doing very well, such as Stratton, Okemo and Killington and others such as Ascutney and Round Top are gone. Magic Mountain continues to survive, but barely. I think Bromley does okay.
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It is starting to get a little more shape!

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Back to the freighter for awhile it got an escape hatch and is getting smoothed out for a fresh coat of Tucker orange!

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Lookin good there Jeff and crew. Pretty close to the real deal.
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Coming along!
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Its all orange!!

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Pictures of another project getting started. 1953-443

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