Longtime Smuggs Family Member

George Richard Laporte a.k.a. Dick at Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift
Dick’s Patrol Jacket
Trail map from the late ’50s

Dick started skiing here at Smuggs back in 1957. At that time Sterling had two poma lifts. The lower mountain poma lift was 2000 feet long. From the top of that poma you then could ride the upper mountain poma lift, which was 3,300 feet long and it brought you to the top of Sterling. The upper mountain poma had a bridge that went over Rumrunner. Dick started patrolling here at Smuggs in 1964. Dick’s father George was also a patroller here at Smuggs. Dick has three sons and 6 grandkids, who all ski. That makes 4 generations of skiers at Smuggs! Dick still works at Smuggs. Last year he started as a liftie and this year he is a lift operator. Dick worked 66 days at the Morse Highlands Lift this year and started skiing here 66 years ago! Dick is also a pool shuttle driver at Smuggs. He will be turning 80 years young this summer. Thank you so much for being a Smuggler and for all that you have done for Smuggs over the years!

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