Many thanks to Bruce
Taylor who wrote the following on this lost area!
The Blue Hills Skiway was located on what used
to be called the Milton Rd ( the original Rt. 16 ) in North Rochester at the
Rochester/Milton town line. If you were to try to find the location today, you
would be on what is now considered Rt 125, also known as the White Mountain
Highway. On an interesting note; the Spaulding Turnpike goes right through the
top of what was the ski hill. If you were to travel the Spaulding Turnpike, take
notice at mile marker 25. The rocks that were blasted to make way for the
highway were part of the hill that we skied on. During the Winter and early
Spring, before the trees have their leaves, look to the east, or the downhill
side of the highway just beyond that mile marker, and you will see what used to
be the view from the top of the hill.
The ski area was developed by members of the Blue Hills Ski Club on a piece of
land that was leased from the Warburton family of North Rochester. The planning
and development began in the early part of the sixties. In 1963, a 1000í trail
was cut and the following Fall ( 1964 ) a 900í x 200í open slope was cut to
the right hand side of the trail. At that point, preparations were made to
install a rope tow (between the slope and the trail). That Fall, a warming hut
was also built. All the work was performed by hand by club members who
volunteered their time so that they could provide a local place for their
families and friends to ski, as well as the opportunity for local kids to become
involved in skiing. By the end of 1964, work was underway to complete the
installation of the rope that was donated by the Rochester Athletic Association.
By early 1965 the tow was up and running.
The area operated on weekends and also offered night skiing. The club provided
and staffed a ski patrol as well as a ski school and a race team. Although it
ran through the Winter of 1965, the area was formally opened and dedicated at a
ceremony in early 1966. The area continued to operate for several years. I
canít say exactly when, but I believe by the end of the decade it was closed.
If you drive by the site today, itís all but impossible to tell where the area
was. It is all grown in now and there are buildings on what used to be the
roadway in to the hill and the parking lot. However, if you are heading north on
Rt 125, just before you get to the Milton town line, by an old railroad
crossing, look to the left. That small tree covered hill you see once was THE
place to be on Saturday afternoons in the wintertime in Rochester.
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