Omer Giles Tow
Pinkham Notch
Jackson, NH
Before 1947-Early 1950's

This was a small ski area that was in known operation during the late 1940's, and into at least the 1950's. The area opened around 1947 and was originally called "Omer Giles Tow", named after the owner. In the early 1950's, it was renamed Pinkham Notch but was still operated by Omer Giles. It had a rope tow, 2 slopes, and 4 trails for intermediates and experts (From the 1949 Eastern Ski Map).  The area was either located on Rte. 16, or the end of Pinkham Notch Road in Jackson. It was definitely not Wildcat as that opened around 1958.
Amazingly enough, one of our own NELSAP readers, George Putnam, has skied at this area. To the right is a photo that he took in February of 1950, at the base of the ski area. The rope tow was located to the far right, and ended close to the birches. As you can see, the area consisted of this main slope, and perhaps others in the woods.
And here's another view looking down towards Rte. 16 from George. You can see riders going up the rope tow, and what is likely Rte 16 below. The area is probably grown in today, but not necessarily. It could not be found on Terraserver.

Jane English helped give the location of this lost area on Terraserver. As you can see, the slope is only slightly perceptible, but it appears a house or some other building has been built at the base.

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