New York Ski History

Our goal is to write the history of every living ski area in New York. Together editor Harvey and contributor Peter Minde, with help from others, have written Whiteface, Belleayre, Hunter, Mount van Hoevenberg and Minnewaska/Mohonk. Obviously there is a lot of work ahead.

There are at least two big rocks that need to be moved. The history of Gore is a huge one, if it is going to be complete, starting back when skiing started in the area and on the mountain. For this effort we’ll need help with timelines, facts and images with rights to use them. We have a big Gore audience, many families have long history with the mountain, and some were there at the beginning.

Another feature that has to be considered a top priority is the history of Plattekill. I’m the logical author, it requires a time commitment and a post-pandemic environment where I could come to Roxbury to spend the night. We’d have to interview the Hinkleys and Vajtays as a long day in the off-season.

As mentioned, we want to write all the New York ski histories starting with the oldest areas and working our way forward. If you can help with images or content for any New York State ski history please contact us.


New York Ski Area Founding Dates

Ski AreaYear Opened
Gore Mountain1934
Mount Peter1936
Snow Ridge1945
Swain Resort1947
Holiday Valley1957
Greek Peak1957
Hunter Mountain1959
McCauley Mountain1959
Song Mountain1962
Maple Ski Ridge1962
Peek’n Peak1964
Titus Mountain1980
Tuxedo Ridge at Sterling Forest2007