Barre "Stars Go By"
Barre Granite Ski Center
History ~ Listings by the Year ~ Current Pictures
|This ski area went
by several names, 2 of which I am sure of. The Skyline and Ski Center
were definitely the same area, but there were several rope tows in the
vicinity of Barre, one of which was called Stars Go By (interesting name,
huh?). By the early 1950's this area had a Poma lift and a rope tow.
One benefit for this area was its location: located inside the city allowed
people to walk to the area. There was night skiing in the 1960's
from 7 to 10pm. A second rope tow was also added during this period.
By the early 1970's, this fun little area was closed.
Here's a view of the trail map, late 1950's or so, from a brochure. Notice that there were a few slopes, and a narrow novice trail.
||Here's a view from a late 1950's brochure, showing pomalift and main lodge. Unsure where rope tows stood.|
Listings by the Year
|1939||1000 foot rope tow||Lighted practice hill, three wooded trails, 0.3 miles long each, intermediate and expert||Area developed by Barre Ski Club on East Montpelier Road, parking, clubhouse||Ski Guide to New England|
|1942||Same||Same||Same||Complete Skiers Guide|
|1947-1948||Rope tow||Unknown||Area called "Stars Go By" in Barre, may be the Ski Club||VT Life Article|
|1958||Likely poma, baby tow||Unknown. Summit elevation 1230', base 760', vertical 470ft||From
VT Life Article: "...is actually inside
the city limits, yet this community project is a complete ski area and
its rates are low. The area has good accomodations, headed up by
those in Barre and the state capital of Montpelier."
"...has a special Baby Rope Tow for its children guests, handling 200 skiers per hour."
|(Vermont Life article by Murray Hoyt)|
|Late 1950's /Circa 1960||1800' poma, 800' tow, 300' tow for littlest beginners.||Novice trail, Spring Slope, Novice Trail, Main Slope, Slalom Slope, Jumps. All slopes packed by snowcat. Night skiing - all slopes illuminated with 1500' watt lights.||Lodge, one of the finest in the East, is 100' X 30', two stories. Restaurant, Fireplace, Thermopane windows. You can relax on cedar furniture and watch the skiers on the slopes. Ski shop and ski school with latest techniques taught. Parking for 350 cars.||Brochure|
|1966||Poma lift||500' drop||No snowmaking||America's Ski Book|
|1968||1950' Poma lift, 500' tow, 800' tow||60 acres, trails for tots, novices, intermediates, and experts, 35 meter jump, night skiing from 7-10pm||Ski patrol and first aid, inside city limits off US 2||Vermont - A Guide to the Green Mountain State|
|1970||1800' poma, 1000 skiers per hour, no rope tows||Unknown||Rope tows removed in late 1960's||VT Tramway Commission|
|Barre Skyline in November of
1999. Building on the left is the former base lodge. Trails are just about
all grown in. Old trails are where some of the newer tree growth is. Upon
closer inspection of the ski area, you can see that the poles and lights
for night skiing are still standing.
Photo by Andy Dufresne.
||An overhead view of the ski area, notice how much it has grown in. Late 1990's.|
Does anybody remember skiing at this one? If so, tell us your story.
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