News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

It was 44 years ago that the “Sound of Music,” starring Julie Andrews, arrived on the American movie scene. It told the story of the real-life von Trapp family who fled Nazi occupation in Austria, eventually coming to the U.S. and settling in Vermont. They opened up a lodge just outside of Stowe where today the last surviving von Trapp child, 94-year-old Maria, still lives. Five of the actors who played the children in the original movie, came to Vermont last month to plant an apple tree and bring a plaque to honor Werner von Trapp’s memory, said the Stowe Reporter. Werner, who died in 2007, had become good friends with the actor Duane Chase who portrayed him in the movie. “It’s a beautiful story. But it’s not our story. At least it keeps the memory of our family alive,” said Maria. You can still hear their songs echoing in the hills if you listen carefully.

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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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