Living Memorial Park was founded in 1955 (although possibly earlier), when the town Rotary Club installed a rope tow. In 1965, the town replaced the rope tow with a T-bar. This was one of your typical town run ski areas, that served as other purposes. A playground, baseball diamond, and other town recreation facilities are found at Living Park. No snowmaking was ever installed, however night skiing gave skiers more hours to ski. This area was primarily for beginners, and had a vertical drop of 204'. Summit elevation was 1126'.
In 1995, the ski area closed. This took place after the worst winter in New England in recent memory. The area had remained closed until Feb. 24, 1999, when Living Memorial Park Snow Sports, Inc., reopened the area!
Here are the details about this upcoming season, provided to us by: Steve Jones, Treasurer, Living Memorial Park Snow Sports, Inc.
A non-profit group called Living Memorial Park Snow Sports, Inc. was formed
in May, 1997 to re-open the Living Memorial Park ski tow.
* The group has a contract with the Town of Brattleboro to operate the ski tow.
* There is NO funding from the Town of Brattleboro.
* Operations and maintenance are completely performed by volunteers.
* The ski tow re-opened last year on February 24, 1999.
* It operated 11 days serving 326 skiers and snowboarders.
* Over $80,000 has been raised through fundraising and contributions,
* Major improvements have included reconstruction of the upper lift shack, rewiring of the ski tow, and the purchase of a Bombardier Groomer.
* This year we are replacing all of the electrical for the lighting and adding additional lighting for an area to be used for a snowboard park
* All the old lighting had been struck by lightening and had to be replaced. The cost of these expenditures are expected to be $12,000 to $15,000.
* The planned hours of operation for the 1999-2000 season are:
3:00 to 9:00
Friday 3:00 to 9:00
Saturday 10:00 to 4:00
Sunday 12:00 to 4:00
The hill relies on natural snow so operations are contingent on Mother Nature.
* Lift prices are $5.00 per day.
Be sure to head out
to Living Park if you're in the neighborhood this season! Help support
this great community ski area! You certainly can't beat the $5.00 per day.
If anybody visits this area this winter, be sure to take photos so we can
post them here on the site!
|The Living Memoral Park Ski Area as it appeared in March, 1998. The T-bar lift is on the right. Lights for night skiing appear above the T-bar structure. As you can see, the ski area provides skiing to beginner-intermediate level skiers.|
|The T-bar lift base engine. Baseball field in back.|
|The T-bar base shack as it appeared in March, 1998. This small little booth served as a snack bar as well. Notice that the signs are still up even after 3 years.|
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