Colby College Ski Area
Waterville, ME
1960-Mid 1970's

Colby College operated a typical college ski area in Waterville during the 1960's.  Most likely, it was open to students and townspeople.  Remarkably, this area had snowmaking.  I'm sure many Colby College students learned to ski at this affordable area.  Cross country skiing was added during the mid 1970's.
I asked the the head Alpine Skiing Coach for Colby, Mark Godomsky, on some information about the ski area:


"The Colby Ski Area was located 2 miles from the Colby Campus in Waterville, Me.  It was opened in 1960 and closed around 1971 with the increase in insurance costs and lack of snow making technology.  It had a 1200 ft T-bar  a rope tow, and a 32 meter ski jump."

Here's an overhead view of the ski area, provided by the New England Ski Museum. The year is unknown, but likely 1960's. As you can see, it had one main slope that branched off to the bottom, each way leading to a different lift. The rope tow was likely on the left, and the T-bar on the right. A few trees in the trail provided an interesting diversion near the top.

The following is Colby College Ski Area info from the guidebooks. Looks like some of those later entries could be "ghost entries", that is, entries that continued despite an area being closed.
(Mark Godomsky, Head Alpine Ski Coach)
Colby College Ski Area opens.

(America's Ski Book)
265 foot vertical drop

(Unknown Ski Guide)
1200 foot T-bar
1 trail, 2 slopes
Snowmaking, night skiing, 32 meter jump, lodge
Operates daily

(Eastern Ski Map)
T-bar lift
2 slopes (nov and int)
Packers, ski school, parking

(Maine Skiing Guide)
1280 foot T-bar
2 slopes, expert trail
32 meter jump, lodge, snack bar, night skiing

(Ski Guide to the Northeast)
Located 1 mile north of Waterville, Rte 104
Vertical: 250 feet
Exposure: west
Features: Area operates daily, snowmaking equipment, night skiing, 2 lifts (T-bar, rope tow)
850 per hour capacity, 3 trails, parking for 200 cars
Ski school for Colby College students only, no ski shop or snack bar
Rates: Weekday $1.50 adult, $1.50 junior
Weekend: $2.50 adult and junior
Season: $30.00 adult, $30.00 junior

(Eastern Ski Map)
T-bar, 2 slopes (nov and int), ski school, cross country, packer

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