Bob Johnson Indoor Ski School
1964-At least 1977
This area is a bit of a stretch, and was certainly far from being a "traditional" ski area. The indoor ski area operated in the 1960's and 1970's in a converted movie theater - and featured a carpeted slope with plastic "rice" used as snow! We have several readers contact us with more information - but would love to find a picture of this interesting area!
reader A. Madden first told us of this area:
"We lived in Newton, Mass. for many years and did you know about the BOB JOHNSON INDOOR SKI SCHOOL? It was located right in Newton Corner and we went there many times."
George also remembers
the Bob Johnson Indoor slope:
"I can confirm that it was at 251 Washington Street, a location which appears to have been devoured by the Mass Pike. The original Ala-Bye Ski Club held its meetings there in 1952-53 and maybe beyond that. The archives at the Newton Public Library had no information on it."
B. Livingston used to work at Bob
Johnson's: School 1949, from
"By way of background I am currently the assistant director at the Blue
I also taught and served as the director of the Bob Johnson's Indoor
School 1949, from
fromOctober through March. The building was a converted movie theater and
John Burt: I remember skiing at the Newton indoor location in 1964 when I was 8 years old. You would come down the carpeted slope and at the end was a flat area about 10 feet in width. At the end of the run were iron radiators that were about 3 1/2 feet height - the tall rusty ones. On the other side of the radiators were ten foot factory windows that would allow light into the room. On the other side of the windows, two stories down, was the sidewalk and street. You learned real quick how to stop in a short area at Bob's slope. I can not recall how many times I sidestepped that slope. It was the only way you got to the top. One time I came down the slope, did a perfect 360 spin on the rice covered carpet and Bob told me that was one way to ski, but he would not recommend it.
Does anybody else have any more information about this unique area?
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