A vintage Connecticut ski area is back on the market. New England Ski Industry reports that Woodbury Ski Area is back on sale after another failed comeback attempt. The mountain features a three-hundred-foot vertical drop and twelve ski runs. Other cool features include an on-site apartment, ziplining, multiple lodges, outdoor skate park, and they were one of the earliest mountains to accept snowboarders. The tubing park, which is located across the street, is separately listed for sale for $899,900. If you were to buy both of them, the price point would be $1,799,800.
For such a small ski area, Woodbury has had an illustrious history. It was opened in the early 1960s and was originally known as the Tapawingo Ski Area. In 1972, former U.S. Ski Team member Rod Taylor bought the ski hill and renamed it Woodbury Ski and Racquet Club. Since Connecticut’s winters are underwhelming compared to its New England counterparts, they focused on adding a plethora of summer attractions. In the 2000s, they somehow were the first ski area in New England to open for the season multiple times, beating out the heavyweights that are Killington and Sunday River.
The longtime owner of Woodbury, Olympian Rod Taylor, passed away in 2014. The mountain did not open during the 2016-2017 season, and it was placed on the market in 2017. Numerous owners followed without any success in reopening the mountain. One proposal came from Art Powers, who wanted to turn the hill into a “concert, camping, and mountain biking venue.” Before a deal could be finalized, Art died in a skiing accident at Stowe in February of 2021.
Last year, Eric Anderson, the owner of Quassy Amusement Park bought the property and aimed to reopen the tubing park and eventually, the ski area. According to RepAm.com, “running Quassy keeps him busy enough,” and he decided to put the properties back on the market. In spite of some improvements during Eric Anderson’s ownership, there is still a lot of graffiti in the lodge and skate park, so more renovations will be needed before guests can come back.
Location: Woodbury, CT
Vertical Drop: 300 feet
Closest Major Cities: Hartford(53 minutes), New York City (Two hours)