National Geographic : 1972 Sep
With or without snow, sleds roar at turnpike speeds near Lancaster, New Hampshire, where autumn drag races on a grass runway draw thousands of spectators. The machines have revo lutionized long snowbound winters by opening remote lands to hunters and backcountry explorers. But con servationists say the snarling vehicles destroy nature's charm; New En gland's fastest-growing sport also gen erates one of its hottest controversies. Yesterday Lingers Along the Connecticut Winterland fantasy, a Wizard of Oz castle delights the young in Hanover, New Hampshire. Students at Dart mouth College built the snow sculp ture for their 1972 Winter Carnival. Begun 63 years ago as a modest winter sports meet, Dartmouth's car nival has blossomed into a weekend festival of ski racing and jumping, plays and concerts, and parties for the predominantly male student body and their imported dates.