Long Island's Lost Ski Area | Bald Hill

Long Island's Lost Ski Area | Bald Hill

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Long Island's Lost Ski Area | Bald Hill

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History 

Bald Hill was the largest ski area to ever operate on Long Island. Operating from 1965-1980, this area had Long Island’s only overhead cable lift, a T-bar, as well as two rope tows on a vertical drop of 200. The parking lot for the area was on the top, and there was minimal snowmaking. 

While the exact reason for closing is not known, changing weather patterns and a lack of snow certainly played a role. The winter of 1980 was one of the least snowiest, so I’m sure that played a role.

To learn a bit more about this area, check out this article by clicking here.

Bald Hill by the Year

Year Lifts Trails Other Info Source
1970-1971 2 tows, 1 bar 3 slopes, 5 trails Night skiing, snowmaking, 140′ drop, rentals, $4.00 weekend rates NY Ski Guide
1973 2 tows, 1 T-bar 5 trails Vertical drop 120′, NE Exposure, operates daily, snowmaking, night skiing, ski shop, area restaurant, snack bar, rentals, 2500 skiers per hour capacity. American technique taught, 5 instrctors. $3.00 weekday, $4.00 weekend, town resident discounts Ski Guide to the Northeast

 

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Here is more on Bald Hill, New York from wikipedia.org

“The Bald Hill Ski Bowl officially opened on January 21, 1965, with a 710-foot (220 m) tow rope in operation on a wide main slope, which featured a 800-foot (240 m) run and 123-foot (37 m) vertical drop. At its opening, it was hoped that with the use of snow machines, the slopes and trails would be usable for an average of 70 days each winter. Initial prices were $3 for an all-day ticket, $2 for a half-day ticket after 1 P.M., and 25 cents for a single ski-tow trip. By January 1967, an 800-foot (240 m) T-bar lift had been installed to supplement three tow ropes ranging from 150 to 800 feet (240 m) in length,  and there were now five ski trails on three slopes.  A Swiss-chalet style lodge with a fireplace was also added. 

In 1975, The New York Times reported that the ski area was now drawing 5,000 visitors each week. The facility was described as covering 106 acres (0.43 km2) and featuring a 1,400-foot (430 m) run for advanced skiers, a slope for “novices”, and a “bunny run” for beginners. The cost for an all-day ticket was $2.25. All was not rosy, however. New “quiet” snow machines were in the process of being installed to quell complaints about noise from neighboring residents, and some members of the Town Board were complaining that the facility was costing too much and should perhaps be closed. Operating costs were reported to be $500,000 annually, with revenue of between $100,000 to $200,000, depending on the amount of snowfall. 

Fortunes turned briefly for the better in the winter of 1976-1977, when generous snowfall (over 62 inches (1,600 mm) in Suffolk County) gave the Ski Bowl its first profitable year. But the warmer winter of 1979-80 proved to be a death blow. As of late January 1980, the ski bowl had only been open eight days for the season. Only 6,500 skiers showed up that winter, only 11 inches (280 mm) of snow fell, and revenues fell to $18,000. As the next winter approached, the Town searched for a private operator willing to take over the facility, an unlikely prospect in light of Long Island’s weather and the site’s historical unprofitability. With the facility’s budget slashed by over 70%, and a vague plan to open only if natural snowfall was sufficient, Bald Hill’s days as Long Island’s largest public skiing facility were at an end” – wikipedia.org

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