The Pioneers of Southern Skiing
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Laurel Hill Crazie - DCSki Supporter 
25 days ago
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Here is an excellent article about the pioneers of Southern ski resorts from Skiing History magazine. Become a member of the International Skiing History Association (501c3) for a subscription or follow links to a free trial or issue. Maybe somebody should do brief bios of the pioneers of the Laurel Highlands.


During 1962 construction of Blowing Rock Ski Lodge in North Carolina, early snow sent skiers hiking. Photo courtesy Appalachian Ski Mountain.


JimK - DCSki Columnist
24 days ago (edited 24 days ago)
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That was great.  Thanks for sharing.  Amazing how intertwined all the ski biz people were back in those days.  Small world.  I've met a few of the characters mentioned including Sepp Kober, Manfred Locher, and the author Randy Johnson.
marzNC - DCSki Supporter 
24 days ago
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Good article.  I've thoroughly enjoyed reading Randy Johnson's updated book about skiing in the southeast.  The 2019 edition of Southern Snow is sold in the Massanutten General Store on the mountain.

Interesting that Massanutten wasn't mentioned at all given that it recently celebrated 50 years.  Sel Hannah designed the original trails before doing the same for Wintergreen a few years later.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter 
24 days ago
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Of the men mentioned in detail, Gunther Jöchl is still going strong at Sugar.  Has been updating lifts at a slow but steady pace in recent years.  Also managed to add a couple of trails in the last decade.

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