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Alpine skiing in Long Island, Queens, and the Bronx?

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When I was a little boy, I remember friends being taken to some very small local ski areas .   Due to the changing climate, all these places are long gone.    I wonder if any of you NYers and displaced NYers were at any of them.

 

There was a place in Flushing Queens,...I think in Kissena Park,  a few out on Long Island and at least one in the Bronx.   Some of these may be too old for anyone still skiing to have tried.

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I used to ski with a Russian guy who skied Fort Tryon Park.  He took the A train to 190th St, then he went into the Cloisters at the back entrance and took the elevator up to the entrance that faced the river, and skied the park down to the river.  I never did it, but I bet you could have gotten some awesome faceshot photos with the George Washington Bridge in the background this year, if you did it the right day.

I generally avoid skiing the outer boroughs.

 

BK

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Bald Hill, Farmingdale

Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale

High Point Ski, Huntington

Oyster Bay Ski'

Van Cortland, Bronx ........... they took the Bronx cheer off the smileys .. frown.gif

 

When you hit New Jersey on your way to Mountain Creek ... snowfalling.gif duck.gif

 

Or PA or something, over at the Turnpike and the I-280 deal, you can see the "Newark Alps, the landfills by Newark/Kearny.  Back in 1968 or so they got the OK to fill the marshland by promising that they would build a ski area on the trash piles .. they are identical to the Fresh Kills on Staten Island and generate a ton of heat but I can still remember the "artists rendering" of the hills with lift towers (sunk in trash), and happy kids skiing.

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NELSAP

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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer View Post

I used to ski with a Russian guy who skied Fort Tryon Park.  He took the A train to 190th St, then he went into the Cloisters at the back entrance and took the elevator up to the entrance that faced the river, and skied the park down to the river.  I never did it, but I bet you could have gotten some awesome faceshot photos with the George Washington Bridge in the background this year, if you did it the right day.

I generally avoid skiing the outer boroughs.

 

BK


That imagery is pretty cool.   Surprised some pros and adventure seekers have not taken advantage of the craggy exposures and feet of snow we have had in recent winters to take pics up around that area....would make for some epic pics.

 

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Googling for "urban skiing" turned up quite a few hits.  These guys go to Fort Tryon Park at about the 2:00 mark (vid starts kinda slow).

 

 

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Giving away my age but I remember skiing at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx. Pretty cool if I remember correctly with I believe 2 rope tows. Best part was they took you from the parking lot to the ski hill in those golf cart type trains like Disney has. You can still see the old ski hill from the Deegan Expressway.

 

Another place I remember skiing that's not in NYC or LI but not far away is Fahnestock State Park. The old ski hill is right along side the Taconic Pkwy where the police hdqtrs are now located. In fact the police hdqrts is in the old base lodge.

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there's a great section of a Matchstick film, guys getting to their favorite rails on the subway, carrying their skis while the general public is carrying briefcases and shopping bags, then killing it in the big city (lots of urban structures)

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Giving away my age but I remember skiing at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx. Pretty cool if I remember correctly with I believe 2 rope tows. Best part was they took you from the parking lot to the ski hill in those golf cart type trains like Disney has. You can still see the old ski hill from the Deegan Expressway.

 

Another place I remember skiing that's not in NYC or LI but not far away is Fahnestock State Park. The old ski hill is right along side the Taconic Pkwy where the police hdqtrs are now located. In fact the police hdqrts is in the old base lodge.


Just found this, I bet this would be a huge attraction nowadays, I am very surprised someone has not started this up again.

 

 

Skiing

During the 1960s, ski slopes were constructed in the southern section of Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, with powered rope tows, floodlights for night skiing and a snow-making system.  Participants were able to rent skis, boots and poles. The ski area was able to accommodate up to 1,000 skiers.

Night skiiing at Van Cortlandt Park -- New York City Parks Photo Archive

 

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Here's a cool video of people skiing in Van Cortland Park in 1964:

https://youtu.be/hm95Ecp9kKg

 

Would be an amazing place to take kids to learn to ski in NYC if they still did this.

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