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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  29

House concurrent resolution honoring the Mount Snow ski resort in Dover on the occasion of its 50th anniversary

Offered by:  Representatives Hube of Londonderry, Bartlett of Dover and Rusten of Halifax

Offered by:  Senator Gander of Windham District and Senator White of Windham District

Whereas, in the decade following World War II, alpine or downhill skiing emerged as an extremely popular winter sport and an important contributor to Vermont’s economic vitality, and

Whereas, an increased number of skiers prompted the establishment of new ski resorts offering a broad range of ancillary services, and

Whereas, one of the truly innovative ski resorts that was established during this decade is Mount Snow in Dover which opened its slopes to the public for the first time on December 12, 1954, and

Whereas, Walter Schoenknecht, the founder of Mount Snow, surveyed the slopes around Mount Pisgah and decided the mountain was prime territory for a downhill skiing facility, and

Whereas, over the years, he pioneered many unique features that were copied at other resorts, including an indoor skating rink and an outdoor swimming pool, and

Whereas, the resort’s Snow Lake Lodge featured a ski lift that ascended the mountain directly from the hotel to the summit, and

Whereas, a major addition to the Mount Snow trail system occurred in 1963 with the opening of North Face’s expert runs, and

Whereas, an unusual event in the resort’s already colorful history occurred that same year when Walter Schoenknecht applied, albeit unsuccessfully, to the former United States Atomic Energy Commission for a permit to conduct an underground nuclear explosion to create a ski bowl, and

Whereas, Fountain Mountain, the glacial wonder which for a decade starting in 1965 was created by an artificial geyser pumped from Snow Lake, will make special return appearances during the 50th anniversary season, and

Whereas, in 1977, the Killington Ski Area purchased Mount Snow, and today it is under the ownership of the American Ski Company, and

Whereas, in recent years, Carinthia Mountain and Mount Haystack have been added to the Mount Snow trail network, and

Whereas, on the weekend of December 10-11, 2004, a series of celebratory events inaugurated Mount Snow’s season-long 50th anniversary celebration, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Mount Snow ski resort in Dover on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Stan Hansen, the president of Mount Snow ski resort in Dover.




____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


____________________________              ____________________________

Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                              Clerk, House of Representatives       




Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont