years operated unknown
to J. Murphy, we now know of this ski hill
that once operated in Beacon Falls.
Beacon Outing Club was
located on Route 44 in Beacon Falls, Connecticut and we would go there
from North Haven to ice skate in the early 70's on a large pond with a
warming lodge and refreshments. The
club rented skates, or you could
bring your own. The club opened two rope tows, one for the smaller
hill, and one for a larger hill. The
larger hill tow ended near a
of trees that became a jump of sorts, a trail through the woods, and
then down the wide open slope. The
smaller tow was just straight
skiing. My son Dan (age 3) used to
ride up the smaller tow, ski like
blazes down and cut in front of everyone in the rope tow line. Because
he was little and cute, everyone let him do this.
We have a funny
videotape of the area. The ski area
was operated by the owners of the
Beacon Outing Club, and for $1 you could go skating, and skiing.
a large family of boys (6) and this was one economical place to ski and
skate. The ski area closed
due to prohibitive insurance costs as did
many of the ski areas at that time when it was the heyday of suits
against ski operators. The club
closed for awhile, and then the town
Beacon Falls purchased it and opened it as a recreation area.
Brian and his family and I recently visited the site, and it was
impossible to tell where the ski slopes were.
The site had been
excavated and a soccer field has taken its place.
We walked up the
larger hill and found some remnants of the rope tow paraphernalia.
brought back fond memories of the area."
Does anybody else have any more
information? If so, please let us know!
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