Vermont has a lot to be proud of, including awesome cheese, good coffee and of course, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, but the Green Mountain state also boasts the first lift in the United States. Prior to 1934, skiing in the U.S. was not for the quadricep challenged. Skiers would have to hike in boots or climb up the mountain with sealskins, much like skinning today, for a few precious moments of downhill delight. With some encouragement from hiking-weary skiers in Woodstock, Vermont, Wallace “Bunny” Betram, the captain of Dartmouth’s ski team, contrived the U.S.’ first rope tow using a Model T Ford engine and a 900-foot rope. The entire system cost $500.
Ski Vermont pulled together a humorous video reenactment of how the innovative transportation came to be.
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Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now living in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com as Director of SEO + Content, I've been able to combine a litany of skills, passions and interests. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.