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The Catamount in 2015
Catamount
South Egremont, Massachusetts
Status: Open
First Season:1939-40
Vertical Drop:1000 feet
Standing Lifts:1 quad, 1 triple, 2 doubles, surface lifts
Past Lifts:2 doubles, surface lifts
Left: The Catamount in 2015
Recent NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News:
2/14/2016: Catamount Owner Bill Gilbert Passes Away
12/9/2015: Developer Pulls Out of Catamount Hotel Project
10/25/2015: Catamount Hotel Lawsuits Dismissed
10/22/2014: Catamount Hotel Running Into Zoning Roadblocks
SkiNewEngland.net Profile
Located on the northern face of Mt. Fray on the Massachusetts-New York border, Catamount is one of the oldest ski areas in New England.

World War II Era

Catamount's lift served skiing history dates back to either 1939 or 1940, when Jack Fisher cut trails on Mt. Fray. Catamount was in operation for the 1940-41 season with 3 rope tows, serving the lower mountain. While the new area quickly gained momentum, the onset of World War II halted its growth. As a result of the war, Catamount ceased operations circa 1943-45.

Following the war, Catamount reopened for the 1945-46 season with 3 rope tows, 3 trails, and 2 slopes. 3 more trails may have been added for 1946-47, spanning 680 vertical feet.

By the time 1948-49 rolled around, Catamount's lift infrastructure had grown to 6 rope tows, totaling 1 mile in length. Meanwhile, Fisher opened nearby Jiminy Peak with two other investors.

Five more rope tows were added for 1949-50, giving Catamount the largest lift network in the East.

1957 brought Catamount's first T-Bar lift, as well as snowmaking. A second T-Bar was installed on the present day Holiday slope in 1960, serving novice terrain.

Catamount is a Chairlift Area

The Ridge Double circa the 1960s
The Ridge Double circa the 1960s

1961-62 was a big year in terms of ski area development in Massachusetts and Catamount. With new chairlift served ski areas popping up, Catamount expanded to keep up with the tide. The novice T-Bar lift installed one year earlier was extended, while a third T-Bar was likely installed serving today's Meadows area. The T-Bars were eclipsed by a new double chairlift, significantly expanding Catamount's vertical drop from 400 to 1,000 feet. Base facilities were also expanded to accommodate the influx of new skiers. Finally, Toni Matt, the first person to ski straight over the Mt. Washington Tuckerman Ravine headwall, took over the ski school. Matt had recently returned to skiing following a multi-year recovery from a shattered leg.

Catamount's next big improvement took place for the 1968-69 season, when the original T-Bar was replaced with an SLI double chairlift. Three years later, a second SLI double chairlift was installed, running adjacent to the summit lift.

New Ownership

'Airless' snowmaking in the 1970s
'Airless' snowmaking in the 1970s

While Catamount had modern lifts and snowmaking, the poor 1972-73 season was too much for it to bear, resulting in bankruptcy. Catamount was acquired by Bill Gilbert, Sandy Gilbert, and Don Edwards that offseason. The trio had managed Fahnestock ski area and Silvermine ski area and created Sterling Forest ski area. In addition, Gilbert was co-founder of Snow Machines International (which later became SMI).

Following the sale, major work was conducted on Catamount's snowmaking system. Four years later, the base lodge was rebuilt. Work on snowmaking and trails continued into the 1980s. Circa 1984-85, a double chairlift was installed in the Meadows area, providing novices and intermediates with open slopes away from the steep expert runs on the main mountain.

Catamount's legendary double diamond Catapult trail was completed for the 1994-95 season.

Night skiing in the 1970s
Night skiing in the 1970s

The 2000s

Starting in the 2000s, Catamount began modernizing its lift infrastructure. Initial efforts were geared toward novices, as in 2003 the Pussycat J-Bar was replaced with a Magic Carpet. Two years later, the Mountain View double chairlift was replaced with the Meadows Triple chairlift.

In 2006, the 45 year old summit double chairlift was removed and replaced with a modern fixed grip quad chairlift, purchased from Belleayre ski area.

The Catamount Aerial Adventure Park debuted in 2009, featuring zip lines, bridges, and other canopy features.

A new trail opened in 2014-15, located off lower Sidewinder. A former trail name 'Fisher's Fluke' was brought back, honoring founder Jack Fisher.

Longtime owner Bill Gilbert passed away in January of 2016. His son, Tom, along with Don Edwards' son Rich, serve as President and Vice President of the ski area.

NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
February85%    (1 report)85 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Feb. 12, 2016 by rocket21
Packed Powder, Frozen Granular
Catamount on NewEnglandSkiConditions.com

NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
Recent Articles
Catamount Owner Bill Gilbert Passes Away - Feb. 14, 2016
Developer Pulls Out of Catamount Hotel Project - Dec. 9, 2015
Catamount Hotel Lawsuits Dismissed - Oct. 25, 2015
Catamount Hotel Running Into Zoning Roadblocks - Oct. 22, 2014
Catamount Hotel Construction to Begin in Spring - Aug. 30, 2014
Catamount NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page

Expansion History
Project
Season
West Area
Proposed
2010s

Image Gallery
1957-58 Eastern Ski Map1960-61 Eastern Ski Map1961-62 Eastern Ski Map1962-63 Eastern Ski Map1964-65 Eastern Ski Map1965-66 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The bottom terminal (2016)
Catamount Double
SLI
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1967-68
The Glade Double in 2016
Glades Double
SLI
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1971-72
The bottom terminal (2016)
Meadows Triple
CTEC-Roebling
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
2005-06
The Ridge Quad in 2014
Ridge Quad
Garaventa CTEC
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
2006-07

Past Lifts
Seasons
The Catamount T-Bar circa the early to mid 1960s
Catamount T-Bar

T-Bar
1957-58
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1966-67
The Holiday T-Bar circa the 1960s
Holiday T-Bar
Hall
T-Bar
1960-61
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Meadows T-Bar

T-Bar
1961-62
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The Meadows/Mountain View Double in 2002
Mountain View Double
Roebling
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1984-85
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2004-05
The J-Bar circa 1993
Pussycat J-Bar
Hall
J-Bar
1967-68
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2002-03
The Ridge Double circa the 1960s
Ridge Double
Hall-Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1961-62
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2005-06

Maps
1964-65 Catamount Trail Map1968-69 Catamount Trail Map1970-71 Catamount Trail Map1973-74 Catamount Trail Map1980s Catamount Trail Map1982-83 Catamount Trail Map
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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
2017-18$68.002017-18 Ticket Price Graph$550.002017-18 Season Pass Price Graph8.1 days2017-18 Skier Visit Graph
2016-17$66.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$510.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph7.7 daysDecember 15April 22016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$65.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$495.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph7.6 daysJanuary 3March 132015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$63.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$465.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph7.4 daysDecember 52014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$62.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$429.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph6.9 daysDecember 7March 292013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$61.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$429.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph7.0 daysDecember 15March 302012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$61.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$429.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph7.0 daysDecember 17March 182011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$59.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$419.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph7.1 daysDecember 112010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$58.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph2009-10 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 212009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$56.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$399.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph7.1 days2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$52.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$379.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph7.3 days2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$50.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$349.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph7.0 daysDecember 9110,0002006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$48.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$349.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph7.3 daysMarch 262005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$46.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$349.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph7.6 days2004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$45.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$349.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph7.8 days2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$44.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph2002-03 Season Pass Price Graph110,0002002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-022001-02 Ticket Price Graph2001-02 Season Pass Price Graph90,0002001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$41.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price GraphApril 12000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$40.001999-00 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$39.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 281998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1997-98$39.001997-98 Ticket Price Graph$530.001997-98 Season Pass Price Graph13.6 days1997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$35.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$33.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$32.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph1990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$30.001989-90 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$29.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$27.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-87$25.001986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph1986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$18.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price Graph1982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$17.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph1981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$15.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price Graph1980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$13.001979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price Graph1979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1973-74$9.001973-74 Ticket Price Graph$140.001973-74 Season Pass Price Graph15.6 days1973-74 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$8.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1964-65$6.001964-65 Ticket Price Graph$85.001964-65 Season Pass Price Graph14.2 days1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1959-60$4.501959-60 Ticket Price Graph1959-60 Season Pass Price Graph1959-60 Skier Visit Graph
1950s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1958-59$4.001958-59 Ticket Price Graph1958-59 Season Pass Price Graph1958-59 Skier Visit Graph

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  • Last updated: June 16, 2016

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