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post #1 of 25
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Chadds Peak was the smallest I have skied, maybe 120-150 feet vertical 2 lifts. The area is now closed.

post #2 of 25

Thank you for sharing.

 

Here is a great reference... http://www.dcski.com/lostareas/viewlostprofile.php?id=30

post #3 of 25

This is your first post and you bring up an obscure reference to Chadds Peak?  At least I get it, I skied there from 1984-1988.  I went back last year to photograph the property.  Most of the stuff is still back there. 

post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 

Why is that obscure? That was by far the smallest I've ever skied at.

Ciao!!!

post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 

Can you still figure out where it was from route 1 I haven't been out that way in years and wouldn't mind driving past there.

Cheers!!

DEA

post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the link.

Cheers!!!

DEA

post #7 of 25

I grew up near Chadds' Peak, so I knew whereof he spoke.  I had friends that skied there, but by the time I took up skiing, I wouldn't settle for anything that small.  smile.gif

post #8 of 25

 

Dec 10, 2010

 

Hi deaski1:

 

Not to change the subject, but how about Braddock Height located on the out skirts of Frederick, Maryland.  You could see it from I-70.  About 300 feet vertical, better known for the bar at the bottom than for skiing.

 

http://www.dcski.com/lostareas/viewlostprofile.php?id=1

 

Think snow,

 

CP

post #9 of 25
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Dec 10, 2010

 

Hi deaski1:

 

Not to change the subject, but how about Braddock Height located on the out skirts of Frederick, Maryland.  You could see it from I-70.  About 300 feet vertical, better known for the bar at the bottom than for skiing.

 

http://www.dcski.com/lostareas/viewlostprofile.php?id=1

 

Think snow,

 

CP



 nothing to do with a Small Hill in PA-start a new thread! Chad Peak sounds like it was a cool place.

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Originally Posted by CharlieP View Post

 

Dec 10, 2010

 

Hi deaski1:

 

Not to change the subject, but how about Braddock Height located on the out skirts of Frederick, Maryland.  You could see it from I-70.  About 300 feet vertical, better known for the bar at the bottom than for skiing.

 

http://www.dcski.com/lostareas/viewlostprofile.php?id=1

 

Think snow,

 

CP



 nothing to do with a Small Hill in PA-start a new thread! Chad Peak sounds like it was a cool place.



Actually most Maryland skiing is in PA, so us here get it ;-)

post #11 of 25

 

Dec 10, 2010

 

Right.  After you "graduated" from Braddock Heights, you were than ready for the big time at Ski Liberty and Ski Roundtop (both ~600 feet vertical AND in Pa) biggrin.gificon14.gif.

 

Think snow,

 

CP

post #12 of 25

I regret not skiing at Braddock Heights which was still operating when I first moved to the Washington DC suburbs. I was already too good at skiing to consider going there, but now I wish I had checked it out. I never saw it from the highway and in recent years I've tried to find the remnants of it, but found nothing. Is it a housing subdivision now?

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I regret not skiing at Braddock Heights which was still operating when I first moved to the Washington DC suburbs. I was already too good at skiing to consider going there, but now I wish I had checked it out. I never saw it from the highway and in recent years I've tried to find the remnants of it, but found nothing. Is it a housing subdivision now?


Dec 10, 2010

 

Hi telerod15:

 

It was 30+ years ago and I only went once (not the first time skiing, but during my first season).  Went with a friend, so that when I woke up, we were all ready there.  However, if I remember correctly from spotting the area from I70 during later years, I think you are right and that a sub-division grew up around and maybe even on it.  You know how fast Frederick has been growing in the past 10 years.  Oh well, you didn't miss much.  As I've already mentioned, it was better known for it's bar by the locals than for the skiingeek.gifbeercheer.gifrolleyes.gif.

 

Think snow,

 

CP

post #14 of 25

Well, if this a thread about small ski hills in PA the I give you this:

 

boyceski.jpg

 

Boyce Park, Allegheny County 124 vertical feet with snowmaking. This was the first lift served 'ski area' I skied when the County open the hill about 10 miles from downtown Pittsburgh in the mid-1960s. It's still operating providing low cost accessible skiing for the masses.

post #15 of 25
I skied Boyce Park many times as I grew up in Pgh. I went to a branch campus of Penn State in McKeesport and took skiing one semester as an elective and the lessons were at Boyce. So part of my curiculam that winter semester was to drive to Boyce 3 times a week to earn one credit.

It was the best thing I ever did in college!

Rick G
post #16 of 25

Boyce Park was absolutely the best place in the area to take a new skier and get them acquainted to skiing.

post #17 of 25

Every urban area that has enough cold weather to support  snowmaking should have a place like Boyce Park. Boyce is owned  and I think it may even be operated by Allegheny County. It might be leased to a concessionaire  but I don't think so. This is the type of feeder hill that introduce the middle class to affordable, easily assessable skiing. You hear that Vail, Killington, Whistler etc? This is the place that breeds your future revenue and this is the type of place that shows up on the lost ski area lists. Why don't the big resorts invest and support the feeder hills that are close to large populations? How much of the stagnation in skier growth is due to the fact that for the average person it take a big risk of time and money just to try the sport, not to mention the long road trip in inclement weather.

post #18 of 25

^^couldn't agree more. I learned at a small hill in NJ, still in operation, that is owned by the county and offers tickets as low as 12 dollars. It has snowmaking and is nothing more than a strip of grass, but it got me started about 12 years ago and I haven't looked back since. I was 7 at the time and had to convince my parents (who hadn't skied since they were in their 20s) to take me to try it out. If it hadn't been so small, accessible and inexpensive, I wonder if I would have been able to talk them into it. If our only option was a costly voyage up to Vermont, I probably wouldn't have fallen in love with the sport.

 

Here is the place http://www.skicampgaw.com/prices/snow-passes

post #19 of 25

We have some friends down from NH this weekend who were telling us about an area they skied in PA named Split Rock. Another small (250' vertical) ski area that has since been converted into a sledding hill at a golf/spa resort. 

post #20 of 25

Check out Split Rock profile on DCSki.

post #21 of 25

To deaski1:

 

From PASR, scroll down for the photos of my journey back to Chadds Peak.  I don't think you have to be a member to see the photos.

 

The guy in the purple hair and the Descente race pants is the ghost of Chadds Peak.  On a cool night in the glades under a full moon, one can still hear him bitching about a second place finish to some kid on the Unionville ski team. 

post #22 of 25
Thread Starter 

Excellent photos. Thanks 4 the trip down memory lane.

DEA

post #23 of 25
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To deaski1:

 

From PASR, scroll down for the photos of my journey back to Chadds Peak.  I don't think you have to be a member to see the photos.

 

The guy in the purple hair and the Descente race pants is the ghost of Chadds Peak.  On a cool night in the glades under a full moon, one can still hear him bitching about a second place finish to some kid on the Unionville ski team. 

Hahaha. Classic. 
 

post #24 of 25

beercheer.gif to Boyce Park.  I remember my parents first taking me, my brother, and sister there to go skiing.  My brother and sister are both 5+ years older than me and had been skiing for a few years.  I was probably 8-9 and I clearly remember almost crapping myself as I looked down the hill and realized that somehow I had to ski down it.  I'm going to have to go back there some weekend just for memories as my parents still live out there. 

 

On another note, I also skied at Olgebay (Wheeling, WV) a few years ago when I lived there for my previous job.  They opened a ski area beside the driving range.  1 lift, 1 hill, with snowmaking.  Not to bad actually, not sure of the vertical but def. a lot more than Boyce and it was packed the few times I went out.

post #25 of 25

Was in Chads Ford tonight and had dinner with friends who had 2 sons who learned to ski at Chads Peak. Sent them the link with the modern day pics, he just called to say how much he appreciated the memories. He commented that 15 years ago, winters seemed much colder in the Philly area. No way that land could survive the real estate appreciation and remain a ski area. Very upscale area.

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