Fifty years is a celebrated anniversary, from birthdays to anniversaries. And for good reason. Fifty years is a long time—it’s a half century! Five decades separates the first successful heart transplant to the miracle of modern medicine today. The Rolling Stones and The Bee Gees were chart-toppers and gas was 34 cents a gallon. And mock turtlenecks were a thing.
After Paul Augustine purchased Moon Valley in 1980, he figured it was a great time to start adding trails to the mountain, install new chairlifts, and expand the trail network. And it would be mighty hard to do without the use of a powerful piece of machinery. So, in came the DH8. Titus Mountain procured the dozer in 1981, which had worked on the Seaway in its previous life.
For the past 37 years, the mountain’s only dozer has touched every single trail and has been used to install Lifts 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and the Tubing Tow and Magic Carpet. It leveled the foundation for the Upper Lodge in 1989 and the Chalets in 2017. And when lift maintenance is required, the trusty dozer is right there to hold tension on the cables—a luxury that not a lot of other ski mountains have.
A lot of miles have been put on the dozer—it has gone through 4 undercarriages in the 37 years on the mountain. Machinery fans know… that’s a lot. But as Zach, our GM said, “She runs as good today as she did in 1981. It’s a testament to what America was able to build.”
It takes a village to create a mountain like Titus—from our staff, some of which have been here since “Titus Mountain” became a thing, to our guests, some of which have skied us since Moon Valley, to owners and locals who put faith in the concept of a true locally owned and operated ski resort, to a little old bulldozer that still putters along.
A little thing such as the birthday of the DH8 Caterpillar Bulldozer can sure make us nostalgic, can’t it?
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