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Pine Top Ski Area
West Greenwich, Rhode Island
Pine Top in the 1968 Eastern Ski Map
Pine Top in the 1968 Eastern Ski Map
Pine Top Ski Area Details
Status:Lost/Defunct
First Year of Operation:1965
Last Year of Operation:1980
Vertical Drop:280 feet
Lifts in Operation:0
Lifts Removed/Non Operational:Surface lifts
Pine Top Ski Area, located on Escoheag Hill near West Greenwich, opened for the 1965-66 ski season. With two T-Bar lifts and an advertised parking capacity of 1,200 cars, Pine Top was rumored to be the most popular ski area in Rhode Island during its heyday. The ski area featured snowmaking and night skiing.

Due in part to poor snow years, Pine Top went into a period of decline in the late 1970s. An unsuccessful attempt was made to operate a summertime motorcycle park, in hopes to boost revenues.

Pine Top likely closed in 1980. The base lodge was burned by vandals in the early to mid 1980s.


Image Gallery
January 10, 1968 New London Day1967-68 Eastern Ski Map1969-70 Eastern Ski Map1970-71 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
T-Bar
Hall
T-Bar
1965-66
-
T-Bar

T-Bar
1965-66
-

Ticket Price History
Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket
Season Price Source
1970s
1970-71$4.50GraphSkiing  
1960s
1967-68$4.00GraphEastern Ski Atlas  

Visitor Memories
"When I was in 8th grade in 1970, I had collected all my Pine Top lift tickets on my jackets and my mother counted 36 Pine Top lift tickets. Early one morning after an all night snow, the manager asked my friends and I if we would like a free $3.50 for alittle work, we said YES! We were then asked to to side step across the entire slope from bottom to the very top, so we became snow groomers, without even knowing it."
timothy lafayette, Apr. 24, 2015
"I started skiing there in 1970 and skied there until 1974 when I could drive to the big mountains. I met my wife there at that time and we will be married 40 years this coming November. We spent almost every weekend there during those years skiing with the Wyss family, Cindy and her father who was on the ski patrol and her mother. It was a great family run ski area. It was ashame that it had to close so many years ago. "
John Braica, Mar. 1, 2015
"we'd go up on weekends from Quonset and ski!that was 1968-1969!! I miss those days."
Ted Dauber, Dec. 9, 2014
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External Links
  • Pine Top Ski Area - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Last updated: December 23, 2013

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