WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28: SKI LIFT
Profile America — Thursday, January 28th. Everyone who enjoys skiing owes a debt of gratitude to a man they probably haven't even heard of — Robert Royce of Woodstock, Vermont. On this date in 1934, Royce set out to solve the problem of how to get back up the hill for another run down the snow-covered slope. Using several hundred feet of rope, the engine out of an old Model T Ford, and some ingenuity, he made the first ski tow in the U.S. at Gilbert's Hill. The idea spread rapidly — and so did the popularity of skiing. Now, nearly 6.5 million Americans go alpine skiing each year, and more than 5 million others enjoy the increasingly popular sport of snowboarding. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, now preparing for the 2010 Census on April 1st.
Sources: 440 International Calendar of Events
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2009, t. 1208
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look under the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau