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Maple Ski Ridge

 

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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Hampton Inn Schenectady

 

This hotel offers complimentary breakfast daily and Internet access, pool and fitness center. 

Extra person charges may apply  

$149 and up 

Holiday Inn Schenectady

 

Hotel offers complimentary Internet access, indoor pool and fitness center.

Extra person charges may apply 

$119 and up

The Stockade Inn

 

This beautiful inn offers complimentary continental breakfast and Internet access.

Extra person charges may apply 

$95 and up  

       
       
  • Additional lodging options available in Schenectady, New York.

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Maple Ski Ridge
Description:

The history of Maple Ski Ridge dates back to when George Mulyca (the current owner) was growing up. He and his family had taken a ski trip to another state and they enjoyed skiing so much, that the kids decided to keep right on skiing on the hills of the family farm. They lugged their skis up to the top of the hill, put them on and then took a run. This process would be repeated over and over and over. The folks decided that since the kids were showing such dedication that maybe they ought to help them out. So, out came an old tractor, a toboggan and a rope. The kids climbed onto the toboggan and the tractor pulled them up the hill. Before long, friends (and friends of friends) were waiting in lines to get pulled up to the top of the hill on a toboggan. The Mulyca farm had quickly become a favorite ski hill for lots of locals. It didn't take long to realize that being popular has its price, and it had quickly become too much for an old tractor, so out came a bigger rope. From an old tractor and a big rope, came the first rope tow on the hill. Just about this time, New York State found out about all the commotion down at the family farm. It seemed that there was a law on the books that nobody can put a pulley and rope on a tractor to haul people up a hill for the purpose of skiing down, unless you have a permit to operate a ski area. Now Maple Ski Ridge features an environmentally-friendly snowmaking operation that covers 95% of the mountain, making for an excellent season of skiing. The Schenectady Ski School has earned a good reputation as a great and fun way to learn to ski by using the respected American Teaching System of ski instruction.

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Snow making percent95%
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Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
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Trails-2-Intermediate3
Trails-3-Advanced3
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park2
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total8
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run
General-Base elevation
General-Vertical drop
General-OwnerGeorge Mulyca
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds
General-Snow making coverage
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

I used to live in this area and the name is a fit description of what they're offering; a ridge.

Do not plan a day trip to this location; it exists only as a convenience to the locals children.

 

As for shops in the area I recall the most knowledgeable being High Adventure then possibly Goldstock's. Plaine's is best avoided less you're satisfied by the advice of doped up mutants. Though in their defense this was years ago and things may have changed.

Posted

Pros: Beginner Lessons for All Ages

Cons: Outgrow it in a Season or Two

My wife and son (when he was 4 and 5) took their first two seasons of (group) lessons at Maple Ski Ridge.  Lessons are through the Schenectady Ski School http://www.schenectadyskischool.com/  Many ski areas won't start lessons until 5 y.o.  My son was ready at 4 and really enjoyed it.  The following season we moved over to Jiminy Peak for lessons.  The instructors provided my wife and son with a solid base to build on.

 

I haven't been back to Maple in several years.  I know they replaced their snow tubing with a terrain park a few years ago, but I haven't even seen it, so I can't provide any feedback.  I also heard they have added a "magic carpet," which would be a good addition.  My back would ache after a day of hauling my son up the beginner slope on the rope tow between my skis over and over again.

 

Good beginner area.  Good instructors.  If you're just starting out (or want to) and live nearby, give it a try.

 

If you plan to ski with any frequency, consider renting equipment for the season from Goldstock's (Freemans Bridge Rd. in Scotia) or Plaine's (State St. Schenectady).  Kids gear should be around $99 for the season, adult gear will be around $150.

 

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