Author Linda Goodspeed to give talk at Bookstore

MANCHESTER - Local author Linda Goodspeed, will present a slideshow and lead a discussion about the early ski resort, Pico, and the history of the industry in Southern Vermont.

Her talk will be held at the Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, Feb. 22. It will start at 7 p.m.

In 1937, Brad and Janet Mead, two young ski enthusiasts from New York City, moved to Vermont to develop a ski mountain. On Thanksgiving Day that year, the Meads opened Pico ski resort with a 1,200-foot rope tow. It was the very dawn of the ski industry. Rope tows had just been invented. Skiers wore baggy, heavy wool clothes and leather boots they clamped tightly into "bear trap" bindings atop long wooden skis. Technique was primitive, spills plentiful. But it was great fun, and Pico and skiing took off. For many years, Pico led the way, installing the first alpine ski lift in North America, starting the first ski patrol and one of the most successful junior ski racing programs in the country. Linda Goodspeed is a nationally recognized, award-winning writer and author.

Her last book, an historical novel, "Redfield Proctor and the Division of Rutland," was published in 2011 by the History Press.

For more information about Linda Goodspeed, or to contact her, visit her website at For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at


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