Lions Club Ski Area
Twin Lakes Hotel
Star Lake, NY
Mid 1950's-Late 1970's
was a small community ski area in Star Lake, New York that ran from the mid
1950’s until sometime in the late 1970’s.
It was located in the woods behind the Twin Lakes Hotel and was operated
by the Clifton/Fine Lions club. According
to my father it was started by Carl Juvik, an
engineer with the J and L Steel Company. He
laid out the slopes, designed the lifts and even built some safety gates which
would shut off the tow if someone was caught in the rope and dragged past the
drop point. Being of Norwegian
descent, he also built a ski jump that was used for a short time.
There were four rope tows all driven by the same motor and at least three
used the same rope. A small
building served as the “base lodge” but was known locally as the
“shack.” At some point in
the 1960’s a large round fire pit with a funnel shaped metal hood / chimney
was installed and gave it a more cosmopolitan air.
There was night skiing and an old pa system that was sometimes used to
broadcast music to the slopes. As I
recall the music included Swiss yodeling and other such alpine themes.
|Here's a picture of the slope that Lyman's father took sometime in the late 50’s or early 60’s. Rope tow is on the left.||
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