History * Pictures * Memories * Stats by the Year
Groton Country Club was a typical golf course ski area that existed in the mid 1940's through likely the early 1970's. It offered skiing on a 600' wide slope served by two parallel rope tows. George Putnam describes the ski area below:
Country Club had two rope tows on a broad, gentle slope.
was a certain pride in being able to stay on those things to the
More information on the history can be found in the memories below.
||Here's a Terraserver picture of the golf course, showing where the ski area was located.|
|George Putnam's picture of the slope, looking towards Lawrence Academy. Circa 1950.||
bottom of the ski area in 1950, with one tow in the middle and one on
the far right.
|Here's a more distant view of Groton Hill and Country Club from Lawrence Academy in 1998. You can just barely make out the trails above the sign.|
|Here's a closer view of the slope, through the trees.|
Bruce White: Groton Country club is/was an odd beast. Prior to the Groton Country Club was the Cross Country Club. This was a riding club - of the hunt or steeplechase variety. Remains of their trails were in existence until the late 70's early 80's. By the way, across the street from Johnson's and (You guessed it) Weiwal's rope tow. Sometime before I was born the Country club was started and 9 holes built over the old riding trails. The ski hill was two sided. One shallow the other steep. More on this later. Remember skiing there as a kid ('65). Lawrence (Academy) ski team still used it to practice, but there were no tows. One of the teacher's (Jack Burkess -sp?) was friend's with my folks. His daughter Marty (who was doing some racing, think with LA) gave me some basic lessons there when I was 5. In the mid to late 70's it was still referred to as the "LA ski hill." I was on the cross country (running) team. Our coach's favorite hill work out was run from the high school to the hill, then run up the steep side, and down the shallow side (where the tows had been) and back up. 10 times. Then run back to the high school. Steep side was about 40-50 degrees.
Hills (and Country Club) area indeed was running in the 1960’s. It was
listed in a Skiing issue in September of 1969 as one of the areas in Eastern
MA. This jibes with my recollection that I skied at Groton Hills until
Priests opened in 1962, and then we had the two areas until about 1970 or
so. I think as Priests expanded and Nashoba got more popular (and Wachusett
got snow-making) this all combined to kill Groton Hills - I did ski there as
a Lawrence Academy Ski Team member in 1968 to 1971.
Groton Country Club Stats by the Year
|1947-1948||2 600' parallel rope tows||800' slope, 600' wide, novice and intermediate||Warming hut, canteen, parking, 150-200' drop, NW Exposure||Where to Ski in New England|
|1949||Same as above||Open slopes for novices and intermediates||Season: Christmas - Mar 1,
Operated by: Dana C. Sherlaw
Coffee available at Club House, equipment rented
|Where to Ski|
|1951||Same as above||Same as above||Vertical drop 150-200', exposure NW, ample parking||MA Ski Guide|
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Last updated: Dec 30, 2014