Galloping Hill
Kenilworth, NJ
1960's-early 1970's

Several NELSAP readers have mentioned this golf course ski area that operated in Kenilworth/Union NJ in the 1960's into the early 1970's. They had a rope tow and a very small vertical drop. Night skiing was also available. We will continue to research this one.

Steve Hrynkiewicz: There was a small ski hill in Kenilworth during the late 60ís and early 70ís at Galloping Hill Golf Course.  The Golf Course is just off of the Garden State Parkway, exit 138.   I remember you would access the hill using a utility road off of the Kenilworth Boulevard .

I lived about 4 blocks from the Golf Course and my brother learned to ski there.  They had a rope tow, snow making, and lights for night skiing.  I donít know the vertical drop, but it was small, maybe 200 feet. It was a great place for families to learn how to ski and my brother is now an expert skier (unlike me since I started when I was 26).  Not sure when or why they closed.   


A topo map shows the small hill in the center of the golf course where the ski area was located.

An overhead shot shows the approximate location of the ski area.

Richard Reif: NJ Ė I donít know if there is any evidence left, but at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Union County , NJ there was a tow in the woods between the 3rd hole of the 18 track and the 3rd hole of the 9 hole track.  A few years ago they put millions into the golf course and may have removed some old tow towers.  This would have been a very ďurbanĒ ski area visible near exit 138 on the GSP.

Tom Howard:

Gallopiing Hill is a public golf course in Union, NJ.  When I played there 20 years ago, the remnants of the wheel of a rope tow were still in evidence.  And I seem to recall having seen it listed on some advertising in the 60's. 
I never skied there, but the hill is fairly steep, although not more that 75 feet high.


If you have more information on this area just let us know.

Last updated: Nov 12, 2007

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