Excellent 1968 vintage pictorial bird's eye view of the ski areas at Stowe, Vermont.
The map was produced by one of America's great ski artists, Hal Shelton. It covers Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, and includes detailed description of Toll House Slopes, Mount Mansfield Base House, Chin Area Gondola Lift, Little Spruce, and Spruce Peak.
This is the best image of the ski slopes at Stowe, Vermont that we have handled.
Shelton is credited as one of the inventors of the modern ski area trail map. An avid skier and trained cartographer, Shelton pioneered the use of the shaded relief map in depicting ski trails.
Shelton earned a degree in Scientific Illustration from Pomona College, before joining the US Geological Survey during World War II. After the War, he settled in Golden, Colorado. Shelton has been referred to a "cartographic populist . . .[who] thought existing map symbology was too abstract for general audiences, so he began experimenting with natural-color maps [indicating] topography with subtle terrain shading."
Shelton produced maps for airlines, classrooms and textbooks, before being discovered by the ski industry. Ultimately, he would produce the first "modern" trail maps for Alta, Jackson Hole, Aspen, Mammoth Mountain, Winter Park, Sun Valley, Purgatory, Waterville Valley and many others. One of his most famous works is an imaginary view of all of the Colorado Mountains and ski areas from 100,000 feet above Denver.