Freecast S04E09: Legalize Or Decriminalize

Tom The Freecast

Featuring Hosts: Matthew Carano, Nick Boyle, and Cord Blomquist

Engineered by: Matthew Carano

Produced by:Matthew Carano, Nick Boyle, and Cord Blomquist

On this episode of The Freecast, the NH house passes death penalty repeal, Nick defines involuntary admission, an update on Red and Shorty’s, and the pros and cons of legalization vs. decriminalization.



  • Freecoast Liberty Outreach Meetup
    • Rochester – 3rd Thursday

NH History

  • New Hampshire Ski History
    • 34 active ski areas 21 of them have chair lifts
    • New Hampshire was the center of skiing in the United States from the 1930s into the 1950s. Skiing first became popular in northern Europe then crossed the Atlantic to the cities of New York and Boston. Because New Hampshire was so close to Boston, skiing became very important to New Hampshire.
    • Three groups of people were important to skiing growing in New Hampshire. First, the workers from Scandinavia who moved to the paper mills around Berlin. Second, college students from Dartmouth College who were part of the Dartmouth Outing Club. And third, people who were members of the Boston-based Appalachian Mountain Club.
    • New Hampshire was the first place in America to have many things you see now at every ski resort. New Hampshire was the first to have trails cut just for downhill skiing. The Granite State was the first to have overhead wire-rope ski tows and an aerial tramway. Many famous races and styles of racing took place in New Hampshire. Professional ski patrols and ski schools began in New Hampshire. These new ideas, plus ski villages, started a whole new tourism industry.
    • Rope Tows and Chairlifts
    • Even though the first rope tow in the United States was in Woodstock, Vermont, many new ideas for getting skiers up a mountain were developed in New Hampshire. Two new style rope tows opened in 1936. The Dartmouth Outing Club built one on Oak Hill in Hanover and the second one was built at Moody’s Farm in Jackson. These used wire instead of fiber to make the rope. This rope was then suspended above the skiers’ heads rather than at waist level. The skier grabbed a J-shaped handle that was attached to the rope and was pulled up the mountain.
    • The first chairlift in New Hampshire was built in 1937 on Rowe Mountain in Gilford, just a year after chairlifts were invented in Idaho. The next year, 1938, two exciting and new ski lifts were built. One was at Cannon Mountain in Franconia and the other was at Mount Cranmore in North Conway.
    • The first chairlift in the Eastern U.S. at Belknap Mountain, now called Gunstock.
    • Cannon Mountain built the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. A tramway is a large box that hangs from a cable. Many people can board a tram and travel to the top of the mountain together. Many people thought that trams would be the most popular ski lifts in America, but chairlifts became cheaper to run and easier to fix.
    • New Hampshire’s Legacy
    • New Hampshire was a hub for skiing through the 1930s through the 1950s. The state helped promote the state through colorful maps, posters, and brochures. Later, Vermont and ski areas further west became more popular than New Hampshire.
    • Even so, skiing is still very important to New Hampshire today. In 2006-7 people spent over 700 million dollars in the state because of skiing. Ski resorts also employed over 17,000 people during that year.
    • It isn’t surprising that New Hampshire lost its early lead in the development of skiing in America. What is remarkable is that New Hampshire played such a large role in the rise of skiing. Ski resorts and areas might be very different if it wasn’t for the ideas and inventions of New Hampshire skiers.


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