Glacier Valley Gazetta
By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette
The pages of Glacier Valley Gazetta are a fascinating look into Girdwood 51 years ago.
On page 1 of Vol. 1, No. 4, Aug.-Sept. 1967 issue is the second of two front page articles titled ‘Trail Improvements, New Slope-Grooming Machine To Greet Alyeska Skiers.’
Given the writing style and no byline, the article is likely written by Editor Hugh Cruikshank Jr.
The slope-grooming machine is a model 1201 Spryte Thiokol, a vehicle widely used by ski areas Outside. Ordered for delivery early in the winter, the Spryte is a large and powerful tracked vehicle, with an enclosed cab, that will arrive equipped with a hydraulically-controlled snow plow and cutting blade, on the front, and a six-hundred pound roller attached to the rear. The snowplow and blade will be used for cutting moguls and spreading snow, while the roller will be employed for packing snow in ten-foot-wide swaths.
Of interest to of all who ride the chairlift, skiers and sightseers as well, the corporation has ordered a special mat to be fitted to every chair on the lift; these will serve to eliminate the problem of Alyeska’s famous “cold welts”.