About this print: “Ski Gondola” shows both the extent of the gear and the mode of transportation used for traveling to the top of a ski mountain in the 1970s. The artist has spent much of his own leisure time in Vermont and this image comes from a ski resort in Killington, VT.
About the series: Through his interest in sailing the artist became aware of the increasing significance of leisure time pursuits as an American cultural obsession. Increasing economic prosperity has allowed the average person more time off and the money for leisure time activities. The artist observed that identifying strongly with a specific sporting activity is akin to joining a sub-culture; a social group identified by a common dress, terminology, etiquette, and set of behaviors. During the years 1975 through 1978 Pond traveled extensively around the United States to create this series showing leisure time enthusiasts in their finest moments.