Thanks to a MA Tramway Report from Kevin Thomas, NELSAP first heard of this ski area. Operated by the Fitchburg Parks and Recreation Department, this ski area was located at the Burbank Hospital.
Many readers remember this one:
Barry Weinstein: I am originally from Fitchburg Mass. I am 54 now but used to ski at Hospital Hill when I was a teenager. It had a rope tow, but may have graduated to a T-Bar; can't quite remember. The hill was directly in front of the Burbank Hospital with maybe a 150 ' to 200' vertical. The hill was quite steep and had no runout. It was sometimes difficult to stay out of the busy street which fronted the area. The place was always crowded in the Winter and is fondly remembered.
Mark S. Bergman: Hospital Hill at Burbank Hospital was the site of many sledding and skiing injuries that resulted from an uncontrolled environment and mix of skiers and sledders (mostly the latter). I believe that the City of Fitchburg or Burbank Hospital finally closed the hill down to avoid liability. My father was Pediatric Chief at this hospital for many years.
||Scott Walker: Don't know much but I remember seeing people ski here as a kid in
the mid- late 60's. You were right, the rope tow was located
on the hill on which Burbank Hospital is situated
. Some interesting bits: The access roads to the hospital on this hill were very steep and located
right next to the area so cars and skiers would be
fairly close to one another. This was the only place I remember at
the time on which skiers and sleds shared the hill
which seems exceptionally dangerous now especially
since the outrun at the bottom was fairly short and the road at it's base, quite busy.
I'm pretty sure the tow was operated by the city of Fitchburg and I think it's use may have been
I grew up skiing on the Burbank Hospital Hill Rope Tow in
a skier from Fitchburg (originally) I can update you a little about run by the recreation department. It was located on the Mechanic Street side of
the hospital (also closed now). From Mechanic street you can see a really broken
up hill with trees planted. The "bumps" and the trees were not there,
but were put there to stop people from sliding and skiing.
run by the recreation department. It was located on the Mechanic Street side of the hospital (also closed now). From Mechanic street you can see a really broken up hill with trees planted. The "bumps" and the trees were not there, but were put there to stop people from sliding and skiing.
grew up directly across the street (Mechanic St) from Hospital Hill in Fitchburg
MA (I was born in 1960 -
Ruth Smith: I learned to ski on Hospital Hill in during the 1950s. When I first skied there I had leather bindings. When people first started skiing there, there was not a rope tow and people would walk to the top. My father was the head engineer at the Hospital until 1978, I lived in the cottage on the Hospital grounds at the top of the hill.
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