Did You Know Long Island Once Had Its Own Ski Area?

Did You Know Long Island Once Had Its Own Ski Area?

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Did You Know Long Island Once Had Its Own Ski Area?

Little do folks know that Long Island once had its very own ski hill. Opened on January 21st in the year 1965, Bald Hill Ski Bowl spun lifts until 1980 and served as the largest ski area to ever operate on Long Island.
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Back in the day, Bald Hill hosted the area’s only overhead cable lift, a T-bar, and two rope tows, all of which accessed approximately 200′ of vertical drop. Like many funny ski areas in the Southeast, the base lodge and parking were located at the summit of the hill, allowing for skiers to take a run before having to hop on a chairlift.

And lift tickets were far from pricey. Initially, day lift tickets went for a measly $3 for an adult, $2 dollar for half day, and $.25 for a single tow ride.

“While the elevation and views are impressive for Long Island, George Washington found the hills to be merely ‘trifling’ when he passed through in April 1790.”Bald Hill Wikipedia Page

To this day it’s unclear as to why the NY ski area was shuttered but most beleive declining snowfalls and its near sea-level elevation were to blame. Reports indicate that the lackluster winter of 1980 didn’t help. With extremely low snowfall, the 1980 season likely served as the final nail in Bald Hill Ski Bowl’s coffin. Nowadays, Bald Hill is the site of a Vietnam Memorial as well as the site of the Brookhaven Amphitheater.

The memorial site @BaldHill during a snowstorm | Photo: Americasroof

Mountain Stats:

  • Vertical Drop – 200′
  • Summit Elevation – 331′
  • Skiable Terrain – 106 acres
  • Trails –
  • Lifts – 3 (*Rope Tows + T-Bar)

Find out more here: Bald Hill – Farmingville, NY

 

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