Uphill Resort Skiing in 1961? A Thing?

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | April 24, 2019      

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We Wildsnow editors were doing historical research in the crumbling archives of an Aspen, Colorado newspaper. We had no idea that uphilling resorts was a thing in 1961! Anyone have another grandpa or grandma they knew did this? I thought in those days, once they installed ski lifts, resorts were for riding the lifts, and the backcountry where they went with human power. Oh, and is this the same guy? If so he’s 123 years old. Uphilling, the secret fountain of youth? In all seriousness, the linked Graham was on the Harvard Route (Denali) first ascent in 1963, perhaps the Times got the dates wrong? Or perhaps the uphiller in the newspaper article is the website guy’s father?

1961 uphill skiing? Let the games begin!

1961 uphill skiing? Let the games begin! Anyone out there that actually knew this guy? Click to enlarge.


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3 Responses to “Uphill Resort Skiing in 1961? A Thing?”

  1. Martin April 24th, 2019 4:26 pm

    From AAJ 1962 (http://publications.americanalpineclub.org/articles/12196219601/North-America-United-States-Alaska-Mount-McKinley):

    “Aside from the ascents mentioned elsewhere in this journal, Mount McKinley was climbed by three parties, all of which used the West Buttress route. On May 11 John Graham, leader, U. S. National Park Ranger Richard Stenmark and the Swiss guides Adolf Reist and Felix Julen reached the summit”.

  2. Martin April 26th, 2019 10:24 am

    Also, the person on the 1963 Harvard Route (the Wickersham Wall) was John A. Graham, not John D. Graham. See http://publications.americanalpineclub.org/articles/12196404700/A-New-Route-on-The-Wickersham-Wall.

  3. J May 12th, 2019 8:57 am

    You didn’t know because your from New Jersey .

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