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The main T-Bar (2015)
Mt. Mohawk Ski Area
Shelburne, Massachusetts
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1957-58
Last Season:1980s
Vertical Drop:450 feet
Standing Lifts:0
Past Lifts:2 T-Bars, rope tows
Left: The main T-Bar (2015)
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Located off Route 2 between Greenfield and Shelburne Falls, Mt. Mohawk ski area operated for nearly a quarter of a century. After sitting idle for decades, the former ski trails are generally unrecognizable by tens of thousands of Berkshire East and Mt. Snow skiers who drive past them every day.

Mohawk Skiway Opens

The Mt. Mohawk logo in 1958
The Mt. Mohawk logo in 1958

Lift served skiing at Mt. Mohawk likely dates back to 1957-58, when the Mohawk Skiway opened as a small rope tow area. Located several hundred feet higher than nearby Greenfield, the area could sometimes see more snow and lower temperatures than the populated valley below. The ski area was operated by Greenfield attorney Philip H. Ball Jr. for its first half decade.

The rope tow served ski area was expanded upward in the late 1950s and early 1960s, paving the way for new ownership and larger operations.

Mohawk Skiway is Rebuilt and Renamed Mt. Mohawk

In 1962-63, property owners Walter C. Richardson and his wife Ethel Mae (owners of the adjacent private Roberts School since 1955) took over the operation of the area, renaming it Mt. Mohawk. Two new Mueller T-Bars were installed that season - 650 and 2,000 feet long. The lift parts were reportedly delivered with the new Chair 2 at nearby Thunder Mountain. The lifts were paid off in three years. Some of the trails featured dramatic views of Mt. Monadnock.

As nearby ski areas such as Mt. Snow, Berkshire East, and Mt. Tom grew and modernized, Mt. Mohawk remained firm in its roots. Not only was skiing only available via natural snowfall, but bathroom facilities were limited to outhouses with the claim that 'Indians never used plumbing either.'

Mt. Mohawk likely reduced its operations to just one T-Bar during the late 1970s, opening generally only on weekends and holidays. The area was likely operated by Mt. Mohawk, Inc. starting in January of 1979.

Closure

The main T-Bar base terminal at Mt. Mohawk (2013)
The main T-Bar base terminal at Mt. Mohawk (2013)

Mt. Mohawk likely closed sometime between 1980 and 1982 after one or two snowless winters. Mt. Mohawk, Inc. was dissolved in late 1983. Years later, a new building was constructed adjacent to the main T-Bar, becoming home to multiple businesses. Meanwhile, a sizable portion of the ski area may have been purchased in 1993 by Camille Cosby, wife of comedian Bill Cosby.

While the trails have grown in, both T-Bar lifts remain standing in the woods.

Expansion History
Project
Season
Upper Mountain
Abandoned
1961-62

Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
The bottom terminal of the Novice T-Bar in 2014
Novice T-Bar
Mueller
T-Bar
1962-63
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Mt. Mohawk Summit T-Bar in 2013
Summit T-Bar
Mueller
T-Bar
1962-63
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Maps
1958-59 Mohawk Skiway Trail Map1962-63 Mt. Mohawk Trail Map1976-77 Mt. Mohawk Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1977-78$4.751977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$4.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph$45.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph11.3 days1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1964-65$3.501964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1950s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1958-59$2.001958-59 Ticket Price Graph1958-59 Season Pass Price Graph1958-59 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"I was a student ski patroler there during the winters of 74-77 and can say it operated on weekdays as high school students like me skied after school every day. It was a natural only area with fairly decent pitch, rock hard moguls and tight trees. You can still see the t-bar supports as you drive by. It was a great family mountain with a vibe like the current Cochrines in Vermont"
john stobierski, Feb. 23, 2015
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External Links
  • Mohawk Mountain - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Last updated: July 22, 2016

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