Outside Millinocket, ME
Late 1950's-Around 1968
|Thanks to Bill
Corrigan, we now know of this area. Here are his details:
I learned to Ski at Black Cat Mountain
on the Southern Shore of Millinocket Lake outside of Millinocket. There
was an 1100 ft Rope Tow and one open slope. The lodge was built in the
late 50's or early 60's and was just off the lake. The rope tow was
powered by an old truck engine in a tow shack built always up the
mountain from the lake. There were several families involved in starting
the area. Don Helstrom was a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division.
Junior York, Paul Corrigan (My father), a few others. There was a
spectacular view of Mt Katahdin across the lake about 12 miles away (for
an awesome view of this, click here
- picture by Tom Liba). You
can still see vague outlines of the area from Millinocket Lake if you
know where to look. The last time it was open was probably in 1968 or
so. After it closed, we skied at Mt Jefferson in Lee and Squaw Mountain
The long straight line (on the overhead
pic on the left) was the rope tow. You turned right at the top and went
a ways through the woods to the top of the trail. The long thin triangle
was the only slope. We would occasionally go into the woods, but for the
most part, we only skied the trail.
Tom Liba visited this area on January 23, 2002 and took some great shots! Here they are, along with his captions.
|This picture was taken
looking upslope from Black Cat Road to the rope tow motor shed. I know
the road has been rebuilt, so its not likely that such a grade existed
to get to the tow.
||Looking inside the motor
shed. The engine used to be to the left (above the existing gas tank).
|Looking up the rope tow
path. The poles are still standing. The newer, taller poles provide
power to a radio tower on top of Black Cat Mountain.
||A close up on one of the old
|Looking down the rope tow
with ski trail access to left. The rope tow didn't really go up slope
||Looking down the ski slope
it is evident it had been much wider. Trees within the old ski area are
mainly 2-4" in diameter.
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