February 17, 1946 / After staying for the night in a nearby ski dormitory operated by the state of Vermont at Stowe, this group of young women lined up to board the chair lift at Mount Mansfield. The girls were wearing peacetime versions of Army ponchos- definitely not form-fitting - as protection against the cold wind for the ride up the mountain. The girls took off their ponchos at the top of the mountain and sent them down in the empty chairs while they skied down the slopes and trails.