Longvue Ski Slope
Before 1961-near 1970
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to , we now know about this lost area in
Altamont. Below is more information from Mike from an article that he wrote:
, we now know about this lost area in Altamont. Below is more information from Mike from an article that he wrote:
|"Next to Middle Road on the hill above Knox Cave there stands today a shuttered building whose dark façade speaks of its withstanding many years of punishing Helderberg winters. But until just a few years ago, a weathered sign high on its west-facing wall read “Longvue Snack Bar.” The sign is gone today and the building has a forlorn look, but in the late 1960s on a snowy weekend, the Lodge would be crowded with skiers who were gliding down the long slope behind the lodge, extending north toward Rte. 146.|
|Seen today, the slope looks rather gentle, with a gradient that would be derided by experienced skiers as a “bunny slope.” But they will also probably remember their first time on a pair of skis, when even a very gentle grade looked like the North Slope of Mt. Everest. And “Longvue” lived up to its name: on a clear day, one can see the southern peaks of the Adirondacks from its hilltop location."|
More information was found from the American Ski Directory of 1961, the only guidebook I have that lists the area. It was apparently operated by Howard Henderson, and another Henderson (brother, son?) Paul was the head of the ski school. This appears to be a classic family operated small rope tow ski area. The reason for closing is not known at this time.
|1961||1000' rope tow||Not listed||200' drop. Capacity-300 skiers. Weekends only, usual crowd 200 skiers. Season pass: $10. Daily Rate: $4. Howard Henderson, Manager. Open December- March. Ski School, $1 a class. Private Lessons: $1. Head of Ski School: Paul Henderson. Rentals, skating, tobogganing, and cafeteria.||The American Ski Directory|
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Last updated: November 24, 2010
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