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Welcome to the West Point Ski Area - trail map from mid-sixties

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My favorite part:

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I didn't think I really had the skills to pass the USSA basic test, but my dad wore a blue parka and gave me the 'benefit of doubt'. The test was conducted on the hill when it was closed due to blizzard conditions.

 

 

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These ratings are only for this hill, do not assume these runs are equal in difficulty to runs marked with green squares, yellow triangles and blue circles at other ski areas.

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Has anyone reading this skied here? I have met a few, a lot of military here in DC area and on our local slopes.

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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

Has anyone reading this skied here? I have met a few, a lot of military here in DC area and on our local slopes.

 

I've never been there but a friend of mine who I used to climb with ended up working there in the late 60's. Most draftees at the time were destined for Vietnam but, for some reason he lucked out and spent his tour working at the ski area at West Point.

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I never skied there; didn't the name go back and forth from West Point to Silvermine?

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I've never been there but a friend of mine who I used to climb with ended up working there in the late 60's. Most draftees at the time were destined for Vietnam but, for some reason he lucked out and spent his tour working at the ski area at West Point.

A friend of mine from the Lake Placid area was drafted during the Vietnam era and ended up being an Army ski instructor, patroller and ski guide (for high ranking officers) in Germany and Austria. Talk about winning the Army assignment lottery.

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I never skied there; didn't the name go back and forth from West Point to Silvermine?

 

I may have erred with capitalization in the thread title. I used caps because it was a title, not because this is the actual name of the ski area. The actual name is Victor Constant Ski Slope.

 

"The West Point Ski Slope was dedicated in 1946 in memory of Capt. S. Victor Constant, Dept of MA&E, who as coach of skiing, designed and supervised construction of these slopes and tows and by his skill and leadership, developed recreational and competitive skiing into major activities at the Military Academy."

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Oh by the way, the trail map with rules and regulations on the back is from the 1960's. They have a chairlift now and a base lodge but less terrain. The poma was removed, and the glade in no longer skied. The trees separating Long Run and Engineer Trail are gone. Engineers Trail was the most difficult run, it's now gone. I never skied Engineer Trail, it was beyond my ability. My favorite was Wildcat which is gone now too.

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Silvermine is different, a lost ski area about 8 miles south of West Point on Seven Lakes Drive.  Here's a trip report:  http://www.snowjournal.com/page.php?cid=topic16820

 

I don't think that lift shown serving a glade west of the main area ever existed.

 

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I never skied there; didn't the name go back and forth from West Point to Silvermine?

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I think I skied Silvermine once.

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Just found this thread, Rod. I noticed the name of the glade. Did your dad cut that glade? It's sad to here that so much of the ski area is now lost. If I counted right there seems to be about 500 vertical feet, wait I see the lift vertical rise. Do you have anymore info or stories to share. How old were you when you started skiing there? I assume this was your first home hill.

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Originally Posted by Mapnut View Post...I don't think that lift shown serving a glade west of the main area ever existed.

 

 

Mapnut, if you're referring to the Poma serving the Rod Smith Glade, it most certainly existed. It would not appear on the trail map if it wasn't there.

 

Rob, yes my dad helped design the glade. I was there when he and a few friends were marking trees to be removed. He also was instrumental in the installation of snowmaking and lights for night skiing. We lived less than a mile from the hill.

 

Hmm, no evidence of the Poma in this photo, but trust me it was there. I rode it many times.

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I guess someone excited about the new snowmaking facility took this photo from Storm King Mountain. Probably my dad. A photo that has been in the family collection for about fifty years.

 

The Silver Depository, the "Fort Knox of Silver" now mints coins for the U.S. Mint and is the second largest depository of our nation's gold.

 

When this picture was taken, the lodge was a log cabin which may have had electricity, but I remember it was pretty dark inside. Picnic tables, a roaring fire, stuffed moose head above the fire, bathrooms. Nothing for sale in there. The lodge was on top of the beginner's slope, not accessible to nonskiers.


Edited by telerod15 - 5/21/12 at 2:43pm
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When I lost my season pass, my dad got angry and made me buy a new one with my allowance money. It was $3.50.

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That was seven weeks of allowance. A lot of money.

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No wonder your have such an affinity for tree skiing. I would love to ski those old glades and take a poma to do it. I wonder if the picture is showing the entire snowmaking coverage or if this is an photo taken early in the season with snowmaking coverage to the lower lifts before continuing snowmaking to the top?

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Probably early season, early snowmaking, 1963?

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A more recent trail map.

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I skiied there from 1975 through the mid '80s.  I remember Rod Smith Glade and the poma lift.  It was our favorite.  They had snowmaking on the main slope but not on the Glade and what's labelled on the map as "Par Four" (which was the fairway of the 4th hole of the golf course -a par 5, actually).  In the late 70s the area was pretty much what you see on the 1960s map.  They replaced the t-bar with the chair sometime around 1981, and at that time abandoned the poma lift and the glade.  A trade down, as far as we were concerned.  Someone mentioned the Wildcat trail - great trail, narrow and cut through the woods.  On the current trail map it seems to be there, but it's not labelled.  It's funny, if I'd have had to guess from memory, I'd have put the vertical at over 500'.  Seemed big at the time. :)  Lots of great times out there.

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I have not skied there but have a couple friends who have. The ski and snowboard classes are popular with the exchange zoomies there, just like our sky diving course is popular with the exchange grunts :D 

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