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The base area as seen from the Chrysler slope (2006)
Ski Blandford
Blandford, Massachusetts
Status: Open
First Season:1936-37
Vertical Drop:465 feet
Standing Lifts:3 doubles, surface lifts
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: The base area as seen from the Chrysler slope (2006)
Recent NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News:
7/19/2017: Springfield Ski Club Approves Proposed Sale of Ski Blandford
7/1/2017: Ski Blandford May Be Sold to Ski Butternut
5/28/2017: Ski Blandford Financially Insolvent; Could Be Sold or Closed
3/28/2017: Financial Concerns Mounting at Ski Blandford
SkiNewEngland.net Profile
Dating back to the 1930s, Massachusetts' Springfield Ski Club has the distinction of being the longest continually operating ski club in the country.

Springfield Ski Club's Rope Tow

Blandford circa the 1950s
Blandford circa the 1950s

The origins of the Springfield Ski Club date back to 1933, when Ken Cuddaback and Charlie Parker sought folks with similar recreational interests via a newspaper ad. That winter, the group started looking for a place to develop a ski area. While they initially looked into Mt. Toby to the north, their sights eventually were set to the west of the city.

In the fall of 1936, the club was able to obtain permission to develop a ski slope on Pere Persson's farm. Serving the slope was a 1,000 foot long electric rope tow. A nearby schoolhouse was used as a warming hut.

Circa 1941, the club purchased the land from the Persson family, firmly establishing Blandford's future. While additional slopes were added after the initial season, the 1,000 rope tow remained the main lift for quite some time.

Blandford grew in popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, eventually expanding to 7 rope tows. By the middle of the decade, some 5,000 folks were members of the club, making it more than triple its size in 1941.

Modernizing

The Broadway double chairlift (2006)
The Broadway double chairlift (2006)

While Blandford was a popular area near a city, things were changing all around it. In the 1950s, the Massachusetts Turnpike was developed west of Springfield, passing just above the top of Blandford ski area. Later that decade, and into the 1960s, Interstate 91 was built, providing easy access to ski areas up north. Meanwhile, sizable chairlift served ski areas such as Berkshire East, Brodie, Butternut, Catamount, Jiminy Peak, and Mt. Tom were popping up across Western Massachusetts.

Not to be left behind, Blandford installed its first double chairlift in 1969. A new Hall brand lift, the Glade chair provided easy access to 450 vertical feet.

The building phase continued at Blandford throughout the 1970s. The early 1970s saw the installation of two lifts adjacent to the base area, the Broadway double chairlift and the Broadway T-Bar. Near the end of the decade, the North double chairlift was added, helping to distribute skier traffic while also catering to experts.

While ski areas across the state started to disappear, Blandford stayed in operation, thanks in large part to the countless hours of volunteer work its members contributed.

After Mt. Tom closed in 1998, Blandford put lights on the Broadway and Schoolhouse slopes to guage support in after school programs. The demand was indeed there, resulting in the expansion of night skiing operations thereafter.

With three chairlifts, snowmaking, and night skiing, Blandford continues to have a strong following. It is the only remaining alpine ski area in Hampden County.

NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
Recent Articles
Springfield Ski Club Approves Proposed Sale of Ski Blandford - Jul. 19, 2017
Ski Blandford May Be Sold to Ski Butternut - Jul. 1, 2017
Ski Blandford Financially Insolvent; Could Be Sold or Closed - May. 28, 2017
Financial Concerns Mounting at Ski Blandford - Mar. 28, 2017
Ski Blandford NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page

Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
Broadway Chair in 2002
Broadway Chair
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1971-72
Glades Chair in 2002
Glades Chair
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1969-70
North Chair in 2002
North Chair
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1978-79

Past Lifts
Seasons
Broadway T-Bar in 2002
Broadway T-Bar
Hall
T-Bar
1973-74
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2003-04

Maps
1990s Blandford Trail Map1998-99 Blandford Trail Map1999-00 Blandford Trail Map2002-03 Blandford Trail Map2003-04 Blandford Trail Map2014-15 Blandford Trail Map
View All Ski Blandford Trail Maps

Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2016-17$44.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$369.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph8.4 daysDecember 26March 122016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$44.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$359.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph8.2 daysJanuary 9March 92015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$44.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$349.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph7.9 daysJanuary 2March 212014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$47.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$349.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph7.4 daysDecember 26March 232013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$47.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph2012-13 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 262012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$47.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$458.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph9.7 daysDecember 26March 112011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$45.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$448.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 daysDecember 11March 192010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$45.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$448.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 daysDecember 13March 132009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$41.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$398.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph9.7 days2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$39.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$398.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph10.2 days2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$37.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$338.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph9.1 days2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$37.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$338.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph9.1 days2005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$35.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$324.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph9.3 days2004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$33.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$324.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph9.8 days2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$28.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$299.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph10.7 days2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$28.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph2001-02 Season Pass Price Graph2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$26.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price Graph2000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$24.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price Graph1999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-99$24.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 141998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$20.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price Graph1996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$19.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$25.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$25.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph1990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$25.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price Graph1989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$24.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$22.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1982-831982-83 Ticket Price Graph$110.001982-83 Season Pass Price Graph1982-83 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"This was my first 'Big' ski area after learning in Southwick and Pawatuck in the late 60's. I remember seeing the very first of the snow boarders here which was called 'Snurfing' back then. This was the single board with a rope at the tip the rider would hold onto. They were not allowed except for very late in the day on Sunday when most ski traffic was done. Glad to hear it still thrives!"
Al Sandy, May. 12, 2016
"began skiing here as a kid around 1966 or' '67. Many scary belly flops trying to learn to ride a rope tow there and thought all the high school kids with those metal tow clips on their belts were so cool. Never could get close to the big fireplace in original lodge, too crowded. Everyone would take off their boots and line them up by the fire to warm up and dry out - back in the days of lace ups!"
Judy (Lafler) Converse, Feb. 25, 2015
"My family started skiing Blandford in the mid 60's and we would ski with other families in the neighborhood for the next 15 years. I have such fond memories of riding all the rope tows (using row 'grippers') all day long. It was during these years that I became hooked on the skiing lifestyle. I have worked as the director of engineering for Jackson Hole for over 25 years now and have contributed in creating one of the best ski resorts in the world. Thanks Blandford! "
Bill Schreiber, Mar. 9, 2014
"I spent many winter days skiing Blandford from the time I was twelve years old. I learned to ski there, as well as my son and my grandson. It is really a family oriented area. I have many fond memories of the work parties in the fall back in the 60s. We all had fun and we got alot of work done. "
Neil MacKinnon, Nov. 8, 2013
"This was my great grandfather's farm. My Dad learned to ski here and became a member of the National Ski patrol. He's stil alive at 88."
Jean Grant, Mar. 26, 2013
"Love the memories!!!!"
Robert Carey, Jan. 24, 2013
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  • Last updated: June 15, 2016

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