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Near Woodstock in Windsor County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Site of First Ski Tow in the United States

Woodstock, Vermont

 
 
Site of First Ski Tow in the United States Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Crumlish, December 24, 2011
1. Site of First Ski Tow in the United States Marker
Inscription. In January, 1934, on this pasture hill of Clinton Gilbert’s farm an endless-rope tow, powered by a Model “T” Ford engine, hauled skiers uphill for the first time.
This ingenious contraption launched a new era in winter sports.
 
Erected 1984 by Vermont Board of Historic Sites.
 
Location. 43° 38.824′ N, 72° 32.436′ W. Marker is near Woodstock, Vermont, in Windsor County. Marker is on Barnard Road (Vermont Route 12) one mile east of Pomfret Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodstock VT 05091, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marianne Gaillard Faulkner (approx. 1.8 miles away); Woodstock (approx. 1.9 miles away); Justin Morgan (approx. 1.9 miles away); Woodstock Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Hiram Powers (approx. 2.2 miles away); Taftsville Covered Bridge (approx. 3.8 miles away); Theron Boyd House (approx. 4.8 miles away); Bridgewater Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Woodstock.
 
Also see . . .
1. New England Lost Ski Areas Project: The Ultimate Lost Ski Area!!!. (Submitted on December 24, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
Wide-View of the Site of First Ski Tow in the United States Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Crumlish, December 24, 2011
2. Wide-View of the Site of First Ski Tow in the United States Marker
Looking toward Gilbert's Hill, the site of the first ski tow. Located just outside of the village of Woodstock, it is not far today's ski resorts in Killington and Stowe.

2. Boston.com: Woodstock won the uphill battle. It's about a mile outside of town on Route 12 in picturesque Woodstock, Vt., and if you aren't specifically looking for it, you'll drive right past the birthplace of modern skiing in the United States. (Submitted on December 24, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 776 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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