Ski Vermont may have just introduced one of the best ideas in skiing as of late, although it has actually been around for quite some time. Releasing their first installment of "A Drunk History of Skiing in Vermont" in the fall of 2015, how this slipped under the radar is a question in and of itself. All I can say is that I'm glad we're aware now, because Ian Compton, the Vermonter hidden in the woods, has resurfaced for the second episode of "A Drunk History or Skiing in Vermont: Birth of The National Ski Patrol." Though it looks like a hiatus may have taken its toll, for he might be better regarded for his acting skills rather his skiing ability after this video makes its rounds. Following the agenda of the television show, there's some history, and there's some drinking, maybe a little more of the latter.
No stranger to the Vermont lifestyle, Compton can be found living in his yurt, woodworking, and even building his very own rope tow. Coincidentally, the first episode from Ski Vermont tells the tale of how Vermont native Wallace "Bunny" Bertram built an engine powered rope-tow, offering the first lift-serviced skiing in the US. It seems Compton may have been an even better fit to aid in illustrating the image of Vermont's skiing history than the creators expected.
Vermont is just one of those places. Good skiing, good people, a good life. A place rich in skiing history, here's to hoping they continue on with this series.