Bennington Banner Newspaper Archives Feb 15 1966, Page 29

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - February 15, 1966, Bennington, Vermont Ski area dilemma Benn View Motel Hank and Al i i Kuiken Bennington Vermont . Route 7 a one and one half Miles South of town Tel. 442-5739 Back Frorer. Highway with Scenic View. Wall to Wall carpeting tile Bath. Room controlled hot water heat. . In rooms. Continental breakfast. Restaurants nearby. A by Hans Thorner president and general i tanager magic Mountain once upon a time there were Hills White with the stuff that nature provided. People a not Many a climbed up and then they skied Down. There was no problem. There was Snow enough for those on hand. Then More skiers came and still no problem. Then the ski lifts came and More skiers. More lifts followed and More skiers came. As More skiers went skiing on the same amount of Snow the problem began. Ski area operators ceased being operators Only they became Snow Farmers. As such they gave out not a farm bulletin but a Snow bulletin a a ski condition report. Television Coffee shop Tel. 375-6647 375-8384 candlelight Motel one mile North of Arlington Vermont . Route 7 within 20 minutes of 3 major ski areas cadre fun Ofay Bice. Cued Oahu Cacko to Earlene Fellows prop. It the Vermont restaurant is the place to Dine when in Bennington. Luncheon specials every Day Complete menu All Legal beverages weekend specials every weekend. Vermont restaurant North Street Bennington Vermont this ski condition report has had and Downs like the Stock Market. Last Winter was to put it bluntly a Lousy Winter. The conditions became a matter of relativity. One got the impression that no Snow made for poor skiing a Little Snow with rocks Blooming became fair and sometimes fair to Good and a pretty Good cover turned out relatively Good skiing. Good a compared to no Snow. Some operators were pretty close to frantic and no doubt had moments when their eyesight suffered a Little. Ifs not easy to count snowflakes with eyes bloodshot and bleary from sitting up All night praying for Snow. Ifs no Surprise that such a Winter would create problems As to qualitative interpretation. The real Surprise is that under such circumstances there Wasny to More misreading of conditions Ai the part of both the operators and the Public. But even under Normal Winter conditions ifs not exactly Duck soup to put out a conscientious ski report. Yet everybody feels that it is a simple matter to come Forth with a satisfactory ski condition reporting formula a satisfactory Short simple and practical to one and All All skiers All area operators the press and the radio. The fact is since skiing has become what is loosely termed an Industry every fall the operators talk about a better a a system and appoint committees year after year charged to come up with an easy answer. It Hasni to been done and it never will. Why because basically whether certain Given Snow conditions make for fair Good or better skiing is like Beauty in the Eye of the beholder. What makes for Good skiing to one is Only fair skiing to the next and Lousy skiing and or Snow conditions to the third. This is an established fact based upon years of experience. The Basic premise that Snow conditions can be categorically labelled to make for fair Good or better skiing is unrealistic. If we recognize that then it appears silly and presumptuous to ask the operator to term his ski conditions As a fair a a a Good or better and if we recognize the fact that the operator would be immensely pleased to be relieved of this detail a then it appears simplicity itself to give out a report without the a fair a Good a excellent business purely sticking to a description of the Snow condition and let the Reader listener qualify the skiing condition himself from the Snow description available to him. This wont work and Hasni to worked for several reasons. The skier wants to be told either via radio or by the newspaper that skiing at merry weather Mountain is fair Good or better. Traditionally the skier insists on that. I suspect that he wants consciously or Union Scioly the Burden of proof to be with the operator. If things do not turn out for the Best there is always the cathartic of looking the of Iterator right Between the eyes and saying a what do you mean a Good skiing in be seen better skiing in death then there is the fellow with a sense of humor who inquires a a i guess on principle you use the terms a fair and a poor Only i the 4th of some ski area operators on the other hand contend that any report without a positive qualification As to the skiing is a negative non productive attitude just like saying a Elf you have to ski come on there is great truth in that certainly until the Day when not a single operator will utter the qualifying aspect of a a fair Good Etc. And simply state that will Hap pen when Rivers flow Uphill. Some skiers some ski reports some local radio stations Are crying loud and Long for More detailed information such As depth of base depth of surface Snow minimum and maximum plus description of Snow on both the upper and the lower Mountain in addition to an accurate qualification As to the skiing to be had. Opposed to these Good people Are the press services and the Large radio stations. The former insist that the ski area operators keep it Short and simple not More than for example a proc pile it. A Frozen granular a in other words Only the name the surface conditions and the qualification. They claim that the ski reports take up More space pm their news attention sportsmen Hunting equipment guns new amp used. Pistols new amp used. Sno shoes up Archery equipment too gun Racks equipment you la find them All at a. Sporting Ted Demarco goods store no. Bennington re. Bennington it. Dial 2-5330 16a the Banner s ski edition

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