Meet Helen Winters
Beedy , Sent to the @theunsungheroines mailbox from her son @jeffbeedy.
"In the mid-forties my mother and father carried a ford truck motor up
to Titcomb Mountain in Farmington, Maine and built one of Maine's earliest
uphill transportation, a rope tow that nearly pulled your arms off. She
later brought in an old Chicken Coop to serve as the warming hut at the
bottom of the mountain. In the mid-eighties, while at Harvard, I gathered
all the ski founders of Maine who were now into their eighties. Over the
course of three years I conducted videos sessions and collected all their
stories. One story stands out. I asked about the Chicken Coop they used for
the warming hut. She said that they had a big wood stove in the hut and it
kept us warm in between runs. This certainly painted a cozy picture of the
pioneer skiers sitting around the hut. That is, until I learned that "
we all knew it was time to go out skiing when the chicken poop started to
drip on our parkers." #theunsungheroines