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Lakeridge Ski Area
Torrington, Connecticut
The Lakeridge double chairlift
The Lakeridge double chairlift
Lakeridge Ski Area Details
Status:Open
First Year of Operation:1975
Vertical Drop:163 feet
Lifts in Operation:1 double
Lifts Removed/Non Operational:
One of only a handful of chairlift served facilities in Connecticut, Lakeridge is a private community ski area located in Torrington, west of Hartford.

Lakeridge likely dates back to 1970, when George L. Giguere started designing a real estate development northeast of Torrington, Connecticut. The Lakeridge Development Company was formed by Giguere and U.S.F. Constructors, Inc. as construction on the 472 unit complex adjacent to Burr Pond commenced circa 1972.

Two years later, a winter sports activity center was developed on the side of a 1,195 foot high hill west of Burr Pond. For non-skiers, a skating pond was opened.

The Lakeridge double chairlift
The Lakeridge double chairlift
For skiers, the Lakeridge Slopes were built in 1974. Serviced by a new Borvig double chairlift, the small ski area included two slopes complete with snowmaking and night skiing lights. The ski area likely opened in the winter of 1974-75.

A third trail was likely added sometime after 1982.

The Lakeridge ski area continues to operate privately to this day.


Image Gallery
July 9, 1976 Norwalk HourJune 1978 New York MagazineFebruary 1982 New York MagazineLakeridge Ski Area Aerial Imagery, 1991 vs. 2013
The Lakeridge Double circa the 2000s
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Lifts
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Name Type Brand Installed Removed After Details
Standing Lifts
Double ChairChairlift - Double - FixedBorvig  1974-75    Details

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External Links
  • Lakeridge Association - official site
  • Lakeridge Ski Area - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Last updated: June 25, 2013

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