News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Paul and Robert Bartholomew in their new book, Bigfoot: Encounters in New York and New England, address the many sightings of a large, hairy, human-like figure. It has visited many Vermont areas, including Rutland, where it left behind footprints now made into plaster-castings, said the Rutland Herald. Sightings of the big fellow in Vermont began with tales from as far back as the Abenaki and Algonquin indian tribes, Bennington in 1861, and Ludlow as recently as 2005. No one has been able to substantiate its existence with physical evidence so far, but those who have had up close and personal encounters swear it exists. Bigfoot organizations have been formed to try to determine “what its purposes are, how to contact and communicate with it, and to ultimately obtain an indisputable photographic or video record of its existence,” according to the Northern Sasquatch Research Society’s Web site. Whatever they find, it appears Big Foot has stepped prodigiously around the Green Mountains.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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