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.
"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."