Time for Tuckerman
|Picked up this video on my last trip to
Tuckerman Ravine. It's a silent comedy set to a vintage musical score, filmed back in
1942 by Sidney Shurcliff and re-released by the New England Ski Museum. It's 60 minutes in length, black and white, available at the Pinkham Notch Center for about $30 US.
The film features Dr. Quackenbush (John Marshall), an African explorer (with a way too big moustache) as he travels to ski the Eastern slopes of New Hampshire's White Mountains. Follow Dr. Quackenbush as he learns to ski, invents a useless pair of safety bindings, sneeks into a race down Cranmore and finally attempts the headwall of Tuckerman Ravine.
Highlights include the famous Cranmore Skimobile, appearances by Toni Matt (schussed the Headwall in 1939 at the age of 19) and Joe Dodge (AMC), skiing on the headwall and lots of wipeouts by the (in)famous Dr. Quackenbush.
Best enjoyed with friends and a few beer, but well appreciated by those who love Tuckerman and/or who are interested in the early years of skiing in North America, particularly in New Hampshire.
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