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Brodie Mountain
New Ashford, Massachusetts
Brodie Mountain as seen from south of Mt. Greylock (2006)
Brodie Mountain as seen from south of Mt. Greylock (2006)
Brodie Mountain Details
Status:Lost/Defunct
First Year of Operation:1940
Last Year of Operation:2002
Vertical Drop:1,250 feet
Lifts in Operation:0
Lifts Removed/Non Operational:4 doubles, surface lifts
Located in the shadow of Mt. Greylock, Brodie Mountain had a long history of skiing, dating back to at least the 1935-36 season. Around that time, the 1.1 mile, 930 vertical Brodie Mountain Trail opened. By the end of the decade, Brodie was home to a ski jump and night skiing.

Lift service on Brodie Mountain likely started when a 1,100 foot rope tow was installed at "Makaroff's" for the 1940-41 season. A beginner rope tow was likely added for the 1941-42 season.

In 1946-47, Walter Schoenknecht leased the now-somewhat established Brodie ski area from its owner, "Mad Russian" Gregory Makaroff. The area likely closed after Schoenknecht departed for Mohawk Mountain in 1947.

The land eventually ended up in the hands of the Kellys, a logging family. In 1963, the Federal government declared Brodie to be one of three ideal locations for a commercial ski development in Massachusetts.

A New Beginning
During early 1964, Jim Kelly scouted out locations for ski trails, seeking the counsel of regional ski experts such as John Hitchcock. Trail clearing commenced on April 28, 1964, followed by the installation of two Stadeli lifts and 360 lights for night skiing.

Matt's Chair circa the 1970s
Matt's Chair circa the 1970s
After being closed for over a decade, Brodie reopened in 1964-65 with five trails and an 850 foot vertical drop. In conjunction with night skiing, the large Blarney Room pub quickly became a happening place. The natural snowfall wasn't abundant, however, so Kelly had to get creative. That February, he used his logging trucks to haul snow from nearby Berkshire Hills Country Club to cover the slopes in time for President's Week.

For the second season, a new trail called Ryan's Express was cut. More importantly, a massive snowmaking system was installed, covering 90 percent of the terrain. The improvements paid off, as Brodie reported a 20% increase in business that season.

For 1966-67, two new trails opened, named JFK and Mickey's Chute. With 7 miles of trails open at night, Brodie now billed itself as the largest night skiing facility in the world.

Expanding to the Summit
The ski area expanded to the summit in 1967, giving it the largest vertical drop in Southern New England. Along with the new T-Bar, 4 new trails opened. Thanks to snowmaking and decent weather, Brodie would operate for 145 consecutive days and nights.

Chairlift service extended to the summit for the 1968-69 season with the installation of Dot's Chair. Named after Jim Kelly's wife, the new 5,600 foot Borvig double was advertised as the longest and highest chairlift in the state. In addition to the chairlift, the famous Tipperary beginner trail was added.

Matt's Chair was added for the 1970-71 season, replacing the original novice T-Bar.

St. Patrick's Day slush jump in the 1990s
St. Patrick's Day slush jump in the 1990s
In the midst of the energy crisis, Kelly leased a nearby gas station circa 1973, offering to sell gas to anyone with a valid Brodie lift ticket.

A new Stadeli double chairlift, stopping just short of the summit, debuted along with two new trails for the 1977-78 season. This would be the final chairlift installed at Brodie.

Despite the snow drought of the early 1980s, Brodie kept on chugging, opening a new cross country ski center near the mountain for the 1980-81 season. Despite open the mountain on October 22 in 1982, warm weather kept the area only operated for 30 days prior to January.

In terms of facility size, Brodie remained about the same thereafter, adding little terrain and no new lifts. It did, nonetheless, remain a major player in the regional ski industry, especially around St. Patrick's Day. Every year around that time, trails and beer were dyed green, while the sound of bagpipes flooded the area.

Meanwhile, nearby Jiminy Peak was rapidly growing, eventually surpassing Brodie in both lift infrastructure and snowmaking firepower. By the time the 1990s drew to a close, Brodie's facilities were aging, as was its dwindling skier base.

New Ownership and Closure
Ready to focus on golf rather than skiing, Jim Kelly sold the ski area to longtime rivals Brian Fairbank and Joseph O'Donnell in 1999

Jiminy Peak operated it for three seasons, initially with plans to install a high speed detachable chairlift. After investing in snowmaking improvements, the new ownership realized Brodie would require more investment than they could justify with the remaining skier-base. As a result, they shut down skiing operations after the 2001-2002 season, while keeping the tubing facility open.

In 2004, Fairbank and O'Donnell sold Brodie to Silverleaf Resorts for $2.6 million. As part of the deal, Silverleaf could not operate a commercial ski or snowboard area at Brodie.

The Brodie base lodge in the 1990s
The Brodie base lodge in the 1990s
Silverleaf planned to build 326 timeshares at Brodie for a cost of $50 million under the name of Snowy Owl. While the snow tubing operation continued through the 2006-2007 season and initial demolition of old lifts and buildings took place, the larger project was not to be. In the spring of 2012, reports came out that the mountain was once again for sale.

While modern equipment, such as the Magic Carpet and newer fan guns, has been removed, much of the core infrastructure remains in place. The property is reportedly posted no trespassing.


Expansion History
Expansion History
Project NameSeasonStatus
Summit Area1967-68Abandoned
North Face1990sCancelled

Image Gallery
A Google Earth overview of the summit area1965-66 Eastern Ski Map1966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski Map
1969-70 Eastern Ski Map1970-71 Eastern Ski Map1970 Schenectady GazetteMatt's Chair circa the 1970s
1971-72 Eastern Ski Map1972-73 Eastern Ski Map1973-74 Eastern Ski Map1977 Norwalk Hour
View All Images in Brodie Mountain Image Gallery


Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Name Type Brand Installed Removed After Details
Standing Lifts
Andy's LiftChairlift - Double - FixedStadeli  1977-78    Details
Dot's LiftChairlift - Double - FixedBorvig  1968-69    Details
Matt's ChairChairlift - Double - FixedBorvig  1970-71    Details
Past Lifts
Gramp's LiftChairlift - Double - FixedStadeli  1964-65    Details
Novice T-BarT-BarStadeli  1964-65  1969-70  Details
Upper T-BarT-BarPoma  1967-68    Details

Skier Visit History
Season Skier Visits Source
1980s
1979-8090,000GraphBoston Globe  

Ticket Price History
Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket
Season Price Source
2000s
2001-02$29.00Graphskibrodie.com  
2000-01$40.00Graphskibrodie.com  
1999-00$40.00GraphBoston Magazine  
1990s
1998-99$39.00Graphskibrodie.com  
1997-98$39.00Graphskibrodie.com  
1996-97$38.00Graphatplay.com  
1995-96$38.00GraphBrodie Blarney  
1992-93$30.00GraphBoston Globe  
1991-92$30.00GraphBoston Globe  
1990-91$30.00GraphBoston Globe  
1989-90$30.00GraphBoston Globe  
1980s
1988-89$30.00GraphSki Massachusetts Brochure  
1987-88$28.00GraphBoston Globe  
1983-84$20.00GraphSki America  
1982-83$19.00GraphRand McNally Winter Recreation Map  
1981-82$17.00GraphBerkshire Vacation Bureau  
1980-81$15.00GraphSki America  
1970s
1972-73$10.00GraphNew London Day  
1971-72$9.00GraphBoston Globe  
1970-71$9.00GraphBoston Globe  
1969-70$8.50GraphBoston Globe  
1960s
1964-65$6.00GraphEastern Ski Atlas  

Visitor Memories
 
Gary Allen
Oct. 9, 2014
Ahhhhhhh the Blarney Room!!!! Got wasted and sang Van Morrisson's 'Browned Eyed Girl' with the band one night..........great memories ...oh yeah, and the skiing wasn't half bad either!! Where else could you get green swizzle sticks shaped like skiis for your drink and green snow?? Truly miss the good old days:~( !!
Jennifer Johnson
Sep. 16, 2014
My parents put me on skies at 2...Brodie was a great place to be a kid and ski. The night skiing was fabulous ! So much fun. Unforgettable !
larry jacques
Mar. 24, 2014
3.23.14Skied at Titus Mtn Malone ny and part of my childhood was there. All of the Blue Brodie snow canons where there. Miss that old Mtn in Mass.
Kellie D'Elia-Laskin
Mar. 18, 2014
Grew up there and still have all of my ski passes from there starting with 1973! Grandmother worked in the office, dad was a ski instructor and my first job was a ski instructor at age 13. I would buy it if I could! :)
Kyle Pietras
Mar. 18, 2014
I have great memories of skiing Brodie with friends and family from the 70's through the 90's. Today, I'm a guide for Steamboat Powdercats and have many conversations with guests from the east that have similar memories. One being skiing green snow on St. Patricks day..... Yeeeha!
Alice Murray
Mar. 17, 2014
Was the coolest place on earth! Skied almost every day and night !
Michaela Gleason Clancy
Mar. 14, 2014
Thinking of all the great St Patrick's Day festivities at Brodie. They will never be duplicated! Spent many, many great winters there! And had my wedding reception there. Not many people can say that........you had to KNOW people (Joe Gleason)
Dawn Gabel
Mar. 6, 2014
Brodie was THE place to ski on St Patricks Day, I still have a pair of Brodie green ski swizzle sticks :-)
Candace Mozzi (LaLonde)
Feb. 23, 2014
Worked at Brodie as a ski instructor with my sister, grew up on the slopes, have had to settle teaching my son at the old rival Jiminy Peak! While it makes me sad there is no longer skiing there, I am so happy to have so many great memories of that place!
Claire Haines
Feb. 21, 2014
As part of the Brodie Mt. campers who wintered up in the trailer part on Brodie, we have many, many fond memories. My kids learned to ski there and it was wonderful to be able to just open the camper door and let them head off on the mountain. All the campers looked out for each other and the chairlift guys knew and helped all the kids. From all the parties the campers had, the famous jump at Tower 7, and taking Tip from the top as our route home to our camper, the times we spent at Brodie Mtn. were some of the best!
gerard cunningham
Jan. 29, 2014
While in high school in the late 70's and early 80's, I skied here numerous times. Loved this ski area!! Just a beautiful, friendly place. Mickeys Chute was my favorite trail as it was somewhat challenging but unsurpassed for its beauty! The night skiing was magical. I cannot believe it is gone. Very sad news to hear.
Sherry steuerwald-shook
Jan. 11, 2014
Like Carole! I met my sole mate there and we were married in 78, just recently lost him to a stroke, and I would love to come back and relive some of the good times in the blarney room! we too have the skies from the drinks! it was a great place back then , I miss it, The good Ol days. We tried to go there when it was snow owl, met by some guy and a shot gun, if you can believe it. we only wanted to drive around, but got into the lower parking lot and turned around. Oh wellDo they still have any condos there any one know??
oliver kane
Oct. 6, 2013
As a musician/singer. i played many years at Brodie during ski season and enjoyed all the fun and great people I met there' and all the fab Kelly family were a souce of inspiration' perhaps its time to rebuild Brodie...?
John Nichols
Mar. 22, 2013
Worked at Brodie in the early 90s .Had the best time ever. Brodie was the places to be on St. PATRICK'S DAY.
Carole Schaefer
Mar. 13, 2013
I got engaged at Brodie Mountain St. Patrick's weekend 1975. Married in 1976. Everyone there bought us congratulatory drinks. I rmember the Green Beer Slalom and Green Plastic Crossed Skis with the Logo of Brodie on it placed in the Irish Coffees. (Still have ne ski). Also the patch with the lepreuchan.
O Gottlieb
Mar. 2, 2013
Grew up at Brodie in the mid-70s to mid-80s. Skied on the jr. racing team. Evenings with family in the Blarney Room. A gorgeous mountain that you could ski daily and it was always an adventure. Sad it's gone. Hope more photos and sites and home movies go up. Lost Ski Areas Project site also good. Would be nice to either add to that site or have another to share on. Thanks to this site for this forum!
Linda Dunn
Feb. 10, 2013
Brodie was my favorite mtn to ski growing up. I wanted to take my kids there to learn how to ski and was so sad to find out it was closed forever. :( I will miss Brodie.
john chiarizio
Jan. 29, 2013
Skied brodie many times on saturday nights 330 to 1100 pm ticket , then to the blarney rm for some great times ! mid 1980's
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External Links
  • Brodie Mountain - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Brodie Mountain (ski area) - Wikipedia
  • Last updated: August 5, 2014

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