Mount Hope was a typical Connecticut ski area, with two rope tows. It operated during the 1960's. Two NELSAP readers remember skiing here:
Susan Moynihan Murray
Mount Hope, Mansfield, Ct. Is the first place I skied. I was about four, maybe younger. That would be around 1965. I remember slowly stepping down the hill with my mother saying "ice....ice ....ice" There was a rope tow, powered by an old Chevy (or something) engine. It wasn't really a ski area. It was a cow pasture that a local farmer ran a rope tow on in the winter. I don't think there was a lodge or rentals or anything.
The Mt. Hope ski tow, run by the local farmer who owned the land (can't think of the name at the moment), and the UConn tow were run by old car engines I think, set up in small shacks. We did indeed have more snow in those days, in some years anyway!! Good memories!
The Colorado Skier has also found some information on this area:
MOUNT HOPE (Mansfield Center) [very obscure], Located 4 miles north of Willimantic off CT 89. 5 tree lined slopes. Operated in the 60's. Night skiing.
Vertical Drop: 350 ft Lifts: 2 rope tows
Does anybody else remember this area?
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