Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires

Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires

by Jeremy K. Davis

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467136402
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/26/2018
Series: Lost
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 235,901
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


Jeremy Davis is a passionate skier, writer and meteorologist. Originally from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, he graduated from Lyndon State College with a degree in meteorology and has been employed at Weather Routing Incorporated since 2000. He is an operations manager/meteorologist and forecasts for maritime clients worldwide. In 1998, he founded the New England and NorthEast Lost Ski Areas Project (www.nelsap.org), which documents the history of former ski areas throughout the region; the site won a Cyber Award for best ski history website from the International Skiing History Association (ISHA). In 2000, he was elected to the board of directors of the New England Ski Museum and continues to serve today. He is the author of four books: Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains, Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont, Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks and Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks, with both Adirondacks books winning Skade Awards for outstanding regional ski history from ISHA. He also serves on the editorial review board of ISHA's magazine, Skiing History. The author resides with his husband, Scott, in Saratoga Springs, New York, and is a frequent skier in the Berkshires.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

I Snow Train Destinations 15

Abbey Hill: Great Barrington 17

Beartown State Forest, Bear town Ski Area: South Lee 19

Farnams in the Berkshires, Cheshire Ski Area: Cheshire 32

East Mountain State Forest Ski Grounds, Great Barrington Sports Center, G-Bar-S Ranch: Great Barrington 39

II Pre-World War II Private Enterprises 47

Brodie Mountain Ski Trails: Lanesborough 49

Brodie Mountain Sports Center: New Ashford 54

Elk Summit Practice Slope: Florida 57

Lenox Ski Slope, Crosby Trail: Lenox 60

III Post-World War II Private Enterprises 61

Conley's Hill: Clarksburg 63

Happyland: Bccket 64

Jacob's Ladder Ski Trails: East Lee 67

Konkapot Farms: New Marlborough 71

Quarry Ski Slope: Pittsfield 73

Smith Farm: Williamstown 74

Thunderbolt Ski Area: Adams 76

IV Ski Clubs 79

Bernard's in the Notch: North Adams 81

Forest Park: Adams 84

Sheep Pastures at Gould Farm: Adams 86

Taconic Golf Club: Williamstown 89

Thunderbolt Trail Tow: Adams 91

V Municipal Ski Areas 93

Clapp Park: Pittsfield 95

Springside Park: Pittsfield 97

Windsor Lake (Fish Pond): North Adams 99

VI School and College Ski Areas 105

Berkshire Christian College: Lenox 107

Berkshire School: Sheffield 109

Cranwell School: Lenox 115

Pine Cobble Snow Bowl: Williamstown 118

Sheep Hill: Williamstown 120

Ralph J. Townsend Ski Area, Williams College Ski Area: Williamstown 130

VII Resorts and Major Ski Areas 145

Avaloch Inn: Lenox 147

Brodie Mountain Kelly's Irish Alps, Snowy Owl: New Ashford 150

Eastover: Lenox 166

Greylock Glen: Adams 175

Jug End Barn: South Egremont 187

Leisure Lee: Lee 201

Marlboro Manor: New Maryborough 203

Oak n' Spruce: South Lee 204

VIII Proposed Ski Areas 211

Brayton School: North Adams 213

Mount Everett: Mount Washington 214

Mount Greylock Tramway and Saddle Ball: Adams 215

Oparowski Farm: Adams 218

Pittsfield State Forest: Pittsfield 219

IX Open Ski Areas

Bousquet Mountain: Pittsfield 223

Butternut: Great Barrington 224

Catamount: South Egremont 225

Jimmy Peak: Hancock 225

Mount Greylock Ski Club: Williamstown 226

Osceola Park: Pittsfield 226

Otis Ridge: Otis 228

Afterword. Preserving the Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires 229

Bibliography 231

Index 235

About the Author 240

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