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Too Many Lost Ski Areas.

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Re: Too Many Lost Ski Areas.

Thehof
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Found some pics of Bobcat in its heyday. Probulary somewhere in the mid to late 70s. Check out parking lot.
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I have so many great memories of that place as a kid.

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Re: Too Many Lost Ski Areas.

Jamesdeluxe
Great pix from before they rebranded it as Bobcat.

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Re: Too Many Lost Ski Areas.

Coach Z
saw this and thought it might interest those that are into Lost ski areas

http://www.newenglandskiindustry.com/viewstory.php?storyid=564

"It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport."
Artic Explorer Fridtjof Nansen
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Re: Too Many Lost Ski Areas.

Peter Minde
@ Raising Arizona, that little place in Rockaway was Craigmeur, it's like 10 miles from where I live.  When the opened, they also had a ski jump, but it burned down.

Below is a photo of one of the trails at the Snow Bowl in Jefferson NJ.  Open for a few years in the 1970s, it closed due to uncooperative weather.  I used to train there regularly.



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Re: Too Many Lost Ski Areas.

Brownski
Awesome. Bear Mountain's ski jump was still there (in pieces though) last time I hiked up there, which was probably fifteen years now that I think about it. Maybe it's time to go back.

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Re: Too Many Lost Ski Areas.

Peter Minde
In addition to the ski jump at Craigmeur that burned, there was a ski jump off Green Pond Rd, built by the Odin Ski Club.  Back in the late 40s, 50s and early 60s, it was a big deal.  One of these days, I'd like to go to the Satre ski jumps in CT to watch a tournament.

Like others in this thread, I find it distressing that little ski hills like Snow Bowl, Craigmeur etc have gone out of business.

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Re: Too Many Lost Ski Areas.

raisingarizona
I remember riding my bike or hiking to that old ski jump. It was near the house I grew up in in Lake Telemark.

I completely forgot about that until reading your post.

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Re: Too Many Lost Ski Areas.

ka2kci
I have many fond memories of skiing Bobcat.  When I first started skiing there they would not let us ski in the woods.  Shortly before closing for good, they allowed and even encouraged glade skiing,  My last day there, they had 18" of fluffly blower lake effect snow.  When we got to the top, the ski patrol dropped the rope and said:  "Would you like first tracks?"  Of course I accepted this offer and had one of my most memorable ski runs in the east.  It was Utah like powder.  If my memory serves me correctly, Bobcat was a family run ski area and both the father and son died within a few years of each other and the family decided to shut it down.  It was an awesome ski area with a great vibe and very friendly locals.  They do not allow access any more and poaching is out of the question.  It reminds me a lot of Plattekill minus the steeps.  The narrow, twisty trails were a nice diversion from all of the homogenized trails found at the larger ski areas.  Maybe we could start a "Go Fund Me" page and raise enough money to purchase it.  I vote for Ethan to be the general manager and the NY Ski Forum membders could supply help to get this place back on its feet again.  A sad loss to the NYS Ski Community.  

Matt

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Re: Too Many Lost Ski Areas.

Brownski
I'm in

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Re: Too Many Lost Ski Areas.

Snowballs
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ka2kci wrote
 Maybe we could start a "Go Fund Me" page and raise enough money to purchase it.  I vote for Ethan to be the general manager and the NY Ski Forum membders could supply help to get this place back on its feet again.  
That would be cool and even somewhat possible nowadays. Ethan would rock it as GM. Perfect idea.

I thought Bobcat had terrain similar to Hickory ? Read that somewhere.  Also read it gets dumps we don't get up here.

Anyone have even a guess as to what BobCat is worth ?

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