David Grady

13th Ski Club
Skimorr Tow Inc.
St. Johnsbury, VT
1936-1948 (non-lift served),1948-at least 1954


History ~ Imagery ~ Listings by the Year


Thanks to Dan Brodien, we now know a lot more about this ski area that operated in St. Johnsbury:

I happen to have a resource here in Florida that has been helpful: "I See by the Paper", An Informal History of St. Johnsbury, Vol. II 1920-1960, by Claire Dunne Johnson 1989. Her resource was the St. Johnsbury Republican and the Caledonian Record. She was a friend who has since passed away.

The 13th Ski Club was formed in 1936, named for it's thirteen charter members. They had trails, facing east, and a shelter on Grady's Hill west of US 5 and south of the I 91 interchange.
They held ski races, offered lessons and held an annual 13 Ski Club Ball on Washington's Birthday. The Northeastern Vermont Ski Championship Meet was held here. In 1949 the Skimorr Tow, Inc., Doug Wood, Francis Donahue and Frank Lawrence, installed a 1530 foot rope tow, parking lot, lights and an access road. It had beginner and advanced slopes and the St. Johnsbury Academy Ski Team practiced there. I don't recall when it was abandoned, but I believe the rope tow equipment was sold or donated to the Lincoln Street Ski Tow. Our son, Neal, learned to ski at Lincoln Street Ski Tow.
It was all good skiing and a treat to be pulled uphill. Some different than Grandpa's pasture! 


David Grady sent in these images related to the ski area. Click on each for a larger version.

A wonderful old sign from the ski area. According to David, these 2 signs were made by his uncle Raymond Swasey, my father's brother-in-law. The long one he signed  "Ray Swasey June 1938".  The first one is about 3 ft the other  about 4 1/2 ft long. O

Operating catalog for the Sweden Speed Ski Tow, Model C, that provided uphill transportation at the 13th Ski Club.


Listings by the Year

Year Lifts Trails Other Info Source
1954 400' rope tow Open slope, trail skiing for all abilities Night skiing, hut for refreshments Vermont-A Winter Wonderland

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