Perry Hill at Waterbury
Waterbury, VT

Jan 22, 1938-end of season

Thanks to Brian Lindner, the, President of the Waterbury, VT Historical Society, Inc, we now know of this ski area which operated for just one year in the town of Waterbury. 

Brian has found several articles and pictures which describe this ski area. Here they are, as they describe the area perfectly:

The rope tow at Perry Hill. Mt. Mansfield in background.

Opening Day 

Jan. 21 1938 Burlington Free Press


(Special to the Free Press)

WATERBURY, Jan. 21.Waterbury will dedicate its ski tow, latest addition to winter sports here, with an open house over the weekend. The tow will be free the public on Saturday and Sunday an invitation is extended to people from Burlington and vicinity to enjoy the facilities.

The ski tow is located on Perry Hill about one mile from Waterbury village. It is 1,000 feet in length, with a vertical drop of 225 feet on a 19 degree maximum slope. The tow is equipped with the latest type overhead rope with individual hangers.  


And here's an article describing the events of that weekend:


The Open House at the Waterbury Ski Tow held Saturday and Sunday the 22nd and 23rd, was a decided success. There were about about seventy skiers on the slope Saturday and over one hundred there Sunday.

The Ski Tow is 1,000 feet long, has a vertical drop of 225 feet and a 19 degree maximum slope. The Tow is equipped with the latest type overhead rope with individual hangars. The fee is 50 cents for adults for each one half day and 25 cents for each half day for students.

The Ski Tow is located about a  mile and a quarter northeast from the Waterbury Railroad Station and there is a good automobile road to the slope.

On Saturday and Sunday there were many skiers present not alone amateurs but expert skiers as well and very favorable comments were made on the slope, on the Tow and on the general layout of the slope.

The unpacked area was in excellent skiing condition as far as climatic conditions permitted and many skiers enjoyed the unpacked area and found that skiing was as enjoyably appreciated on the unpacked slope as well which gave them a wide territory to explore and enjoy.

The Tow will be in operation this weekend and it is hoped that more will avail themselves of the opportunity to enjoy the skiing on the Waterbury Ski Tow.

This ski area did not last long. In fact, Brian hypothesizes (me too) that the rope tow was taken from this area and moved to the Pinnacle Park Skiland, which opened the following year. For information on that area, click here.

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