Ski Valley USA shared the same side of the hill as Diamond Hill. Thanks to Mark McCaughey, we now have another confirmation of this area as being separate to Diamond Hill. Originally I had thought they were one area, but this was the clincher. Anyway, the guide books for both these areas are all messed up. Sometimes I think that the guides confused the areas, and constantly went back and forth. Here's a short history.
According the the Colorado Skier, Ski Valley was open from the mid 1960's and into the mid 1980's. It had a T-bar and several rope tows, grew to add a double chairlift on the far left as you look up the mountain, and a slightly shorter vertical drop then Diamond Hill. A developer tried to develop a condo complex there but never quite finished. There is a picture below of this condo development. This area closed in 1986. (probably earlier).
Bill Krueger remembers this ski area and has this to add:
Joshua Segal also remembers this area: I went to Ski Valley in 1977. It had already come on hard times by then. The surface lifts were running. The chairlift footings were there, but the chairlift was gone. You could still ski the trails to the bottom (if you were willing to walk back up.) It seemed to me, that if the right entrepreneur had come along, a combination of Diamond Hill plus Ski Valley could have made for a respectably sized ski area.
Here are the listing for this area....remember the guide books seemed to be confused.
(Eastern Ski Map)
T-bar lift, 3 tows, 4 slopes, 4 trails, snowmaking, packer.
(Ad from Dave Hilton)
Here's the ad from an unknown ski guide, graciously scanned in by Dave Hilton. Interesting setup. Thanks to Mark, we now know of where the lifts went. 2 T-bars served the slope on the upper left and the middle slope. A rope tow served the slope on the far right. Eventually (73/74), a double chair went from the SW corner of this map to the top of the slope on the lower left. There was a narrow trail on the far left. Pictures of these trails are at the bottom of this map. The base lodge in the middle of the parking lot is long gone, replaced by a decent condo complex that never got finished, allowing for 2 or 3 units to be abandoned.
(Ski Guide to the Northeast)
Base elevation: 140 feet. Vertical drop: 315 feet. Exposure: Northeast
Features: Area operates daily, snowmaking equipment, night skiing, ski shop, snack bar, rentals, warming huts, 5 lifts (1 double, 1 T-bar, 3 rope tows) with 6,000 per hour capacity, 5 trails, parking for 500 cars.
Ski school: American Technique, 10 instructors, 1 certified.
Rates: Weekdays: $4.00 adult, $3.00 junior. Weekend and holiday: $5.00 adult, $4.00 junior. Season: $75.00 adult, $60.00 junior.
(Eastern Ski Map)
Chairlift, T-bar, 3 tows, 4 slopes, 4 trails, novice through expert, 315 foot vertical drop.
(Eastern Ski Map)
Chairlift, T-bar, 3 tows, 4 slopes, 4 trails, novice through expert, 315 foot drop, snowmaking
From The Colorado Skier:
SKI VALLEY (Grant Mills), [closed], Located 1 mile north of Grant Mills, on Hiway 121. Operated from about 1965 to 1986. Vertical Drop: 275 ft Top: 475 Base: 200 Lifts: 1 double chair, 1 Poma, 5 rope tows Night skiing
SKI VALLEY WAS OWNED AND OPERATED BY FRED EGAN AND HIS SONS DAVID, DENNIS AND ?. I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH DENNIS WHO FREQUENTLY WON THE ANNUAL RHODE ISLAND DOWNHILL RACE HELD AT VARIOUS NEW HAMPSHIRE SKI AREAS IN THE NORTH CONWAY AREA. SKI VALLEY HAD GOOD SNOW MAKING AND A T-BAR AND VARIOUS ROPE TOWS. IT'S MAIN ATTRIBUTE WAS THAT IT WAS OPEN WHILE DIAMOND HILL WAS CLOSED FOR VARIOUS REASONS( MOSTLY INCOMPETENT OPERATORS). SKI VALLEY IS NOW A CONDO COMPLEX WHICH WAS NEVER COMPLETELY FINISHED(DEVELOPERS WENT BUST IN THE EIGHTIES. THE SKI TERRAIN IS BARELY RECOGNIZABLE TO EVEN SOMEONE LIKE ME WHO LIVED THEIR EVER WINTER IN THE LATE SIXTIES AND EARLY SEVENTIES.
And, thanks to the
Colorado Skier, who received this image from the photographer, Tom, we
have a picture of this condo development! Small world.
Here's lots of pictures from a visit I took of the area in Feb, 1999.
|An abandoned condominium complex. Isn't this bizarre, I've never seen an abandoned condo that never got finished. Wouldn't you think that they would have torn it down after about 20 years?!||
|From the top of Ski Valley, this is taken looking down the slope that appears in the middle of the three in the aerial view on top (whew!). Very shallow and short slope.||
||Halfway down that trail is a pile of snowmaking pipes.|
||The "Ski Valley" label on top of the water tower on top of the hill.|
|Looking up the slope just downhill from that water tower.||
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