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The base area in 1958
Pine Ridge
Barre, Massachusetts
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:
Last Season:2005-06
Vertical Drop:224 feet
Standing Lifts:0
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: The base area in 1958
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Located between Barre and South Barre, Pine Ridge was a small ski area that operated for more than half a century.

Barre Ski Tow

Originally known as the Barre Ski Tow, Pine Ridge likely dates back to at least 1950, when Bob Anderson purchased ski area. At the time, the area likely sported a 880 foot rope tow on a wide slope. A beginners tow was likely added for the 1951-52 season.

Pine Ridge Grows

An aerial rendering of Pine Ridge circa the 1970s
An aerial rendering of Pine Ridge circa the 1970s

On December 10, 1965, Pine Ridge Ski Area, Inc. was formed as a Massachusetts corporation. Later that month, Anderson and his wife Ina transferred land to the corporation, whilst acquiring additional tracts.

By the start of the 1966-67 season, Pine Ridge was advertised as having two Poma lifts and a J-Bar, as well as night skiing and snowmaking. There are no known references to the Poma lifts after this point.

Additional land was purchased by Pine Ridge Ski Area, Inc. in late 1967.

In 1970-71 listings, Pine Ridge had two T-Bars and a J-Bar serving 3 trails and 2 slopes. It appears the J-Bar was removed following this season.

Circa the mid 1970s, terrain was cleared to the north of Pine Ridge with the aim to enlarge the area and install a chairlift. While a chairlift was reportedly procured, local opposition reportedly stopped the project.

First Closure

According to the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, Pine Ridge closed circa 1982 due to Anderson falling into ill health. By the end of the decade, the Town of Barre had placed a tax lien on the property.

With Bob Anderson in ill health, Gail A. Anderson took over as President and Treasurer of Pine Ridge Ski Area. Inc. According to the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, the O'Connor family began operating the ski area in 1990. On July 1, 1993, Jill O'Connor's Auto H2O, Inc. purchased the tracts of land for $250,000, with Pine Ridge Ski Area, Inc. providing a $245,000 mortgage. According to the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, the longer T-Bar was removed around this time.

Second Closure

An idle Pine Ridge in 2002
An idle Pine Ridge in 2002

After operating throughout the 1990s, Pine Ridge ski area closed in 2001. On December 12, 2002, James Caruso formed C. R. Development Corp. In the summer of 2003, Auto H2O, Inc. transferred land back to Pine Ridge Ski Area, Inc., which then sold the land to C.R. Development Corp. for $285,000.

After some uncertainty, Pine Ridge reopened for the 2003-04 season. While an investment was made in the bar, the on hill infrastructure continued to age. In an attempt to rebrand, the area became known as Pine Ridge Snow Park.

Final Closure

Pine Ridge and Kearsarge Barre I (2016)
Pine Ridge and Kearsarge Barre I (2016)

On March 4, 2006, the T-Bar caught fire and was damaged beyond repair. As a result, the ski area closed for good. The Upper Deck Sports Bar is still in operation as of 2017.

In May 2014, the 2.4 megawatt Kearsarge Barre I solar energy plant opened on the upper slopes of Pine Ridge.

Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
J-Bar

J-Bar
1966-67
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1970-71
The lift line (2002)
Narsummit
Hall
T-Bar

-
2010s
Pomalift

Platter
1966-67
-
1966-67
Pomalift

Platter
1966-67
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1966-67
T-Bar
Mueller
T-Bar

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1990s

Maps
2004-05 Pine Ridge Trail Map2005-06 Pine Ridge Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2005-06$24.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$240.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 daysMarch 42005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$20.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$200.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 days2004-05 Skier Visit Graph

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External Links
  • Pine Ridge Ski Area - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Last updated: January 20, 2017

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