Old Forge, NY
Before 1939-Likely 90's
History Maple Ridge by The Year Historic Pictures Current Pictures
|Maple Ridge in Old Forge was
a very historic area. The area begun before 1939 as a single rope tow
and wide low intermediate slope. Several trails were added during the
1940's, as were a few more rope tows. Most of these trails, however, did
not return to the base area, rather they led skiers to other locales in
and near Old Forge. Rates during this time were only $1.50 for a full
day of skiing.
A view of the area from around 1950 (courtesy of a 1950 ski guide). You can see the rope tow lift line on the right, and the very wide slope. Scattered trails are found in the woods on either side of the wide slope.
||During the 1950's, even more
rope tows were added, eventually totaling 5. A 40 meter and 15 meter ski
jump were also built nearby and were the site of many a competition.
Nearby McCauley Mountain opened during the 1958/1959 season. Maple Ridge
and McCauley were marketed together as one "area" (kind of
like what happened with Cranmore and Attitash during the 1995/1996
season), with tickets valid for both areas. In the early 1960's, a T-bar
was installed, and all but one of the rope tows were removed.
Here's a trail map of Maple Ridge during the early 1960's after the T-bar was installed. Notice how the rope tow was located to the right of the T-bar, and that there was only basically one slope at this time.
After 1964, we have no more listings, but it is assumed the area continued to operate thru the 1970's, 1980's, and possibly into the 1990's. I say 1990's because the growth on the slopes is so limited and the lift remains there and in good shape. The area likely closed due to McCauley being a much larger and more varied mountain. McCauley is a great mini-mountain with a good variety for its size, and is definitely worth checking out.
Maple Ridge by the Year
|1939||1000' rope tow||1000' slope, 200 feet wide at top and 600' wide at bottom, 4" of snow needed to ski||None||Skiing in the East: Ski Trails and How to Get There|
|Late 1940's, 1950, 1951||Three tows, 800', 850', 100' beginner's tow||9 trails and slopes directly and indirectly served by tow (it is likely that not all of them ended at the beginning of the tow)||NSPS Ski Patrol, instruction, lighted and heated shelter. Rates: $1.50 day, $1.00 half-day, operates daily||1951 Ski New York Guide|
|1951-1952||4 tows||4 slopes/13 trails||Ski school||Eastern Ski Map|
|1952-1953||5 tows||Same||Same||Eastern Ski Map|
|Mid 1950's||5 tows||Indeterminate||Jumping competitions, instruction, rentals||Mid 1950's Ski NY Guide|
|1958-1959||5 tows||same as above||Rentals, food||1958-1959 Where to Ski in New York State|
|1962,1963||T-bar, tow||Slope||Ski school, packer||Eastern Ski Map|
|1964||New T-bar, rope tow||Slope||$4.00/day tickets (good also at McCauley), $3.00 for rope tow, canteen, 40 and 15 meter jumps||Buxton's Eastern Ski Slopes|
|Early 1990's||T-bar||Same||Area closes||Educated Guess|
|2002||None||---||T-bar removed due to liability||Hennie Kashiwa/Adam Scholten|
||Skiers lining up for the rope tow, 1940's.|
|Skiers queuing up for the rope tow.||
||A view of the rope tow. For the same view in 2002, click here.|
|Skiing down the slope.||
||An overhead shot of the area from Terraserver.|
|Looking up the former rope tow line, Jan 2002. Notice that it has not grown in at all. Small warming hut on left.||
||A view of the T-bar, Jan 2002. Notice that the cable is still attached, and that the slope is clear. The T-bar was removed during the summer of 2002.|
Late 1940's directions to the
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