Then Again: A lumberjack’s lucrative idea led to ski boom in Stowe

Then Again: A lumberjack's lucrative idea led to ski boom in Stowe

The development of a ski area in Stowe in the 1930s helped establish Vermont as a winter sports destination. Courtesy of the Vermont Historical Society, HW Richardson, photographer.

Lumberjack Craig Burt knew he was risking ridicule even writing the letter. But he was convinced he was right. It was 1935, and Burt thought he had a way for Vermont companies to do a bit more money.

“I know that to some the statements I have made will sound visionary and unhealthy,” he wrote in a letter to the editor of the Bennington Banner. Burt’s particular idea was that the state should promote the new sport of downhill skiing.

Speaking of himself, he wrote: “(T) o the one who has been interested for a decade and who has met and spoken with those who have investigated Europe, it is just as sure…

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