This photograph, credited to “Staff Photographer Johnson,” was originally published on the front page of the Feb. 28, 1966, Portland Press Herald.

An excerpt from the accompanying caption:

“Sunny, unseasonably mild weather and substantial snow cover proved an irresistible combination for ski enthusiasts throughout Maine Sunday and they thronged to the slopes by the thousands. These young fans await their turn at the tow at West Falmouth’s Hurricane Ski Slope.”

Courtesy of Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives.

The Portland Room of the Portland Public Library is in the process of organizing and conserving the archival collection of original Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram and Evening Express photographic negatives — a major collection that spans from 1937 to 2005. Find more photos at www.pressherald.com/flashback/.