The Search for Lost Ski Areas of the Adirondacks

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Adk Jeff Adk Jeff
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Snowballs Snowballs
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Not a lost " ski area " per se, but a quiant story. Back in the day, a family in Glens Falls had a rope tow on their back yard knoll that anybody could slide from. It's said if it wasn't running, kids could just knock on the door and the family would plug in the lift. Ah, Norman Rockwell America.

I skied a few times back in high school, Seven Springs. The girl I dated was a skier. Her Dad had a rope tow in their backyard, an endless rope powered by some old car up on blocks with the tires off the rims. The rope was powered by the car's rims. We only were able to ski it twice.

Doc, her dad, sold me an old pair of skis. The bindings had to be refitted to my boots. No ski shop in town, and me being a kid, I just " eyeballed " the remount, moving back the rear binding. "That looks about right." Hehehe. It worked. Never had an issue other than I was usually in the back seat. We had alot of fun though and that's what matters.

That Paleface Map is cool. "The ADKS only complete ski resort " The A-frame buildings look very nice for a small area. The C trail, Walter Prager, led me to google and I found this...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Prager

Was this area on Esther mtn? I've read there were several areas on the ridge between Whiteface and Wilmington before Whiteface was built. They were closed because they couldn't maintain snow at the lower elevations. As most know, there's remnants of a T-bar lift on Esther.
K man K man
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Do a search for Darrow's ski hill in Greenfield.  A friend of mine bought the property where Darrows had been off of Locust Grove Road.  He had a trail party last fall and we cut out all the old trails, made some new ones and cut a lift line.  It looks like only about 3-400 vert, but pretty steep.  I can picture a nice bump line on the steeper run.  Old handle tow from Sugarloaf will go in next summer.  
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That's impressive.
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Paleface is about 5 minutes from my house. I always wanted to hike up it and look around, but its all private land. Adirondack Life Magazine is located there now.
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Snowballs wrote
Was this area on Esther mtn? I've read there were several areas on the ridge between Whiteface and Wilmington before Whiteface was built. They were closed because they couldn't maintain snow at the lower elevations. As most know, there's remnants of a T-bar lift on Esther.
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The story on Darrow's mentioned by Kirby is here, at The Saratogian.  Pretty cool story.  Jeremy talked about this a bit at the presentation at The Alpine Sport Shop 2 weeks ago.
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Snowballs, Paleface is a small mountain completely separate from Whiteface, maybe 4 or 5 miles away, on the road between Jay and Wilmington.  As HPD pointed out, the old Marble Mtn ski area operated on Whiteface (well, technically it was on Marble Mountain), in a different location than today's ski center, and has its own story.

I had brought up Paleface when I spoke with Jeremy because 1) it always looked interesting to me driving by, and 2) there's no information about it on NELSAP's website, so I was curious what the story was.  A lot of the trails off the chairlift were relatively mild, but the T-Bar serviced some pretty steep terrain.
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The White man's words fly true and straight like smoke rising from peacepipe to the Great Spirit. Many moons have past since the buffalo roamed these woods and Paleface's lifts turned. In my ancestor's Longhouse, there were many ski areas that have gone the way of the buffalo, the moose, the elk.
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The Great Spirit has not forgotten his chosen ones, the human beings. He has blessed us with wampum as plentiful as the stars for as long as the river runs and the grass grows and the whiteman continues to visit our casinos.

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I'd like to know if people have a personal Top 3 of lost ADK ski areas -- either because they had an interesting personality, decent terrain, snow, etc.
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