Parker's Outdoor World
Fishkill Plains, NY
Early 1970s?

Thanks to several readers, we now know of this small ski area that operated in Fishkill Plains, near Hopewell Junction, in the early 1970's. It was a rope tow ski area that was also affiliated with mini golf, clay pigeon shooting, etc - a general outdoors kind of place, hence the name. According to Matt Wilson, the lodge is still standing.

We are still researching this area and hope to find out more soon.

Matt Wilson: The hamlet of Fishkill Plains has a old ski resort off of Robinson Lane on Turner Mews (mailing address 12533).  The lodge is still there along with the towrope.  It's a really great old site, a house there from the 1700's and other historic buildings on the property.  Parker Outdoor World built the site at the same time that Ski Dutchess was built in Beacon.

ASmol87774: "It was once a sports complex that included multiple activities throughout the year (ie. archery,shooting range, ice skating). It also had a small hill with a rope tow for skiing and was operational for just a few short years (? early 1970s). I think the area is located in the Town of East Fishkill. Homes have since been developed on the property.

Jeff Byers: I had vague memories from the early 1970's of a ski area in Hopewell Junction, NY (Southern Dutchess County) of a ski area which all of my friends claimed was "very flat".  I had forgotten the name, but stumbled over an old road map in which it was labeled as "Parker's Ski area" which seemed to fit my fading memory

Jeff Moseman:"...One was Parkers Outdoor World in East  Fishkill, it had one slope serviced by a handle tow, I skiied there once with the Cub Scouts, during the summer they had mini-golf , shooting range for clay pigeons, stuff like that"

Andy Turits: To my best recollection Parkers Outdoor World was located in East Fishkill at the intersection which is  Route 376 and  Robinson Lane...My Jr. High School bus passed by it daily however I was skiing at Dutchess/Mt. Beacon and also Belleayre. Parker's DID look pretty flat. 

If you have more information on this area just let us know.

Last updated: Dec 2, 2007

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