1938/1939 - Late 1940's
Thanks to Joyce Day, we first heard of this area that operated in Corinth. Here are her details:
There used to be a small ski area which had a rope tow in Corinth, NY, in the late 1940's. I believed it was operated by a gentleman by the name of Donald Kingsley. It may have been known as "Merton's Hill.". I used to ski there. It adjoined Paris Avenue. There are houses built in that area now.
Thanks to her tip, I sent a letter to Donald, as his name was in the phone book. He then passed the letter to his grandson Michael Kingsley, who contacted NELSAP in April 2002, with information and pictures. His information and pictures are below.
We also heard from Tom Doherty whose father founded the area in 1938. Here's his info:
|From Michael Kingsley: My name is Michael
Kingsley. I am the grandson of Donald Kingsley, one of the
founders and operators of Merton's Hill ski slope in Corinth, NY. My
grandfather (Donald) received your letter a few weeks back and is
contacting the other people of his generation that were involved with
Merton's Hill skiing. I will more information in the future, but I know
a few tidbits from the stories he has told.
(A view of the slope and rope tow, circa 1940's)
|| The ski area on
Merton's Hill was, as you indicate, a simple rope tow up one small slope
that I used to sled down in my childhood (1970s). The rope tow was
powered by removing one rear wheel and fender (we still have the fender
in the barn) from a late model truck and running the rope on a pulley
attached to the axel. The hill also had lights for night skiing.
(The engine for the tow, 1940's)
|The "lodge" was
built in 1947 (I checked the tax assessment papers) and now is a storage
shed at my grandparent's house on Stark Rd. in the township of Corinth.
I am assuming the ski slope opened the same year though I have not
(The Lodge, 1940's)
||Another view of the hut, 1940's.|
|I started skiing with my
grandfather at 2 years old in 1970 and am still an avid skier. I grew up
skiing at Alpine Meadows in South Corinth (also on your list) throughout
the 1970s and 80s. I now live about 100 yards from Merton's Hill and my
brother owns the land bordering Merton's Hill.
(Top of the lift, 1940s)
||A view of the hut today. Compare it to 60 years ago!|
|Looking up the slope, April 2002. Notice that its grown in somewhat.||
||Another view looking up the slope.|
|Looking down the slope.||
Thanks again to Michael for the pictures and the personal account!
If you have more information on this area just let us know.
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