Before 1960-Mid 1980's
|Thanks to several
NELSAP readers, we now know a lot about this lost area in Huntington. It
operated from before 1960 through the 1970's until about the mid 1980's,
with skiing on a few trails. A couple of rope tows served this 110'
vertical drop area. While it did have a snowmaking system, it was basic.
The area closed at some point in the mid 1980's.
Here's a view of the area in the late 1990's, found with help from Brian Kelsch. There is now a major condo complex on the old slopes.
||And an even more recent photo from the early 2000's shows the construction of the condos. Note that hardly a trace of the old ski area can be found.|
Many NELSAP readers remember this area. Here are their details, which best describe the area:
|David McEntee sent us this newspaper article from March 12, 1972 that shows him with his skiing family. Click on the article for the larger version.|
|Nancy O'Hare: When I was growing up in Huntington, NY in the late 1960's and early 1970's my family took lessons in the night ski program with the town of Huntington. This is where the O'Hare family got its start in skiing. We have some fond memories of Hi Point whose lodge was painted red, white and blue and reminded one of being in an alpine village. There were two rope tows - the beginner on the left side of the hill and the expert on the right side of the hill. The intermediate slope consisted of going up the expert rope tow and then skiing down above the beginner slope and then onto the beginner slope. I can remember my early days of waiting at the top of the beginner slope for the "right" moment to ski down!||
Dan Schaedle: When I was growing up in Huntington I was amazed to learn of Highpoint. I've never known snow to stay on Long Island's sandy soil for very long. While I am too young to have skied Highpoint, I do remember driving by the old hill. It was located on Dix Hills Road in the middle of suburbia, just close enough to ride my bike to one warm day when I was in high school. Here are my pictures from that 70 degree day in March! No wonder they had to shut down.
Note - all of the following pictures are from Dan and show various aspects of the area.
||Brian Kelsch: I am from Long Island and now in VT. I know of a ski area in Huntington, NY (long island) that used to be in existence. I never skied there because it was closed when I was growing up but have been to the top of what is known as "high point" and have seen the lift. I assume it closed sometime in the 70's but am not sure. It is off of Dix Hills road and sat on the highest elevation on long island.|
Dr. David A. Schoenfeld: There was a club owned ski area in Suffolk county called HighPoint Ski Club. They made snow on a 200' hill which was the highest point in Long Island. I think Hiighpoint must have been opened earlier than the 70's. I skied there when I was 15 which was in 1960 and it had already been in existence for some time. It was a club then, but kids could join for $35. The rope tow was long and fast but I remember it as a fun hill.
||Eric Paulson: I grew up on Long Island and remember skiing with my dad at a place called Hipoint ski area in Dix Hills. This must have been around 1984. This ski area had an approx. 110 foot vertical drop with 3 trails and 2 rope tows. The rope tows would burn right through your gloves. They had one old snowmaking machine and the snow was very icy. However, it was the only operational ski area on Long Island at that time. I tried finding the place a few years ago but couldn't remember exactly where it was. I assume it closed maybe 10 years ago because I haven't heard anything about it nor have I found any info on it on the web.|
William Owens: I grew up in Huntington Station, NY (Long Island) and we had a ski hill called Hi-Point. A very dangerous little mountain with a fast tow rope a even faster tow-rope and one giant jump that was next to the very fast tow rope....
I don't have any pictures, but just recently I was back in the old neighborhood and saw that they had turned it into a major condo complex after being shut down for about 15 years......
The address was on Dix Hills Road in Huntington Station, NY ( Very strange place for a ski hill). That's where I got my first taste of extremely icy conditions and tow ropes that would rip your gloves off...
||Skileader: High point was operated under an arrangement with a Scandinavian social club who owned the property. The Town of Huntington ran a night skiing program there for school kids, according to my ex business partner who made snow there.|
|Ken Bochat: The High-Point (or maybe Hi-Point) ski area on Dix Hills Road, Dix Hills, NY (Long Island) closed about 35 years ago. The area consisted of three trails served by 2 rope tows and was a family-oriented hill, it was a place where you would leave your shoes under a bench in the warming hut. Great memories from long ago on a tiny hill that seemed very challenging to a 13 year old.||
Pace: Wow! Hi-Point. I wish I took pictures. I remember finding an
old Hi-Point patch while cleaning out my junk drawers about 10 years ago
-- I think it was tossed in the garbage. We used to ski there - Mom, my
sisters and I, until Mom broke her wrist going through the safety gate at
the top of the slow rope tow! Facing the hill, the left side had the slow
rope tow, going half way up - to the "beginner" slope. The right side had
the fast rope tow, which took you to the top. The right side of the trees
was the "expert" slope, and the top of the left side was the
"intermediate." There was a small a frame ticket shack at the base of the
hill, plus a small lodge. Mom used to leave my sisters and I there with an
airline bag with sandwiches, and a thermos of hot chocolate while she
would run errands on a snowy Saturday. If anything happened we were to
talk to (Marge? maybe??) the ticket booth!
I remember fondly: the duct-taped ski mittens; the music blasting from the bottom of the fast rope tow; the challenge of staying standing if you're midway up the fast tow, and the rope stopped from someone falling in front/behind you; the fun the lift attendants had when they'd start up again, and knocking more people down; skiing with no jacket - just a long-sleeved turtle-neck on a hot winter day! Too bad it's not still operating. What a great place to learn & play - and so close to home, having grown up on Long Island!!
|Matt Dib, visited this area in October of 2004, and took the following photos. Here's a view from the base of the area, showing perhaps an old trail.||
|A view from the top, looking down.|
|And finally, a view of what is left of the summit.|
If you have more information on this area just let us know.
Last updated: Dec 3, 2015
Head back to Lost New York Ski Areas
Head back to the Main Page