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The Carinthia base area in 2005
Carinthia
West Dover, Vermont
Status: Merged
First Season:1960-61
Last Season:
Vertical Drop:1000 feet
Standing Lifts:1 double
Past Lifts:1 double, surface lifts
Left: The Carinthia base area in 2005
Recent NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News:
6/7/2016: Mount Snow Removes Ski Baba Chairlift
Currently a trail complex at Mount Snow, Carinthia operated as a standalone ski area for about a quarter of a century.

Private Ski Club Origins

The origins of Carinthia date back to the mid 1950s, when Bousquet ski school director (and former Walter Stugger began developing a private ski club in the shadow of rapidly growing Mount Snow. Named after Stugger's native Austrian province, the Carinthia proposal was advertised as a quiet, uncrowded family experience. The Hartford Courant quoted Stugger in 1959 as saying, "[W]e will concentrate on the refinements of skiing, soft snow, good friends, fine food, and a Continental after-ski life." Stugger would later tell Skiing magazine that "if I could have a small area, and it could support itself, that's all I wanted."

The private ski area debuted for the 1960-61 season, advertised as a 750 vertical foot area serviced by a T-Bar and novice rope tow. Perhaps due to a lack of income, Carinthia likely started selling tickets to non-members in 1961.

Upper Mountain Expansion Battles

Carinthia double chairlift circa 1984
Carinthia double chairlift circa 1984

Though Stugger's original plans called for an upper mountain expansion served by a double chairlift, Carinthia soon ran into a roadblock. While the first phase build out was located on private property, the upper mountain would be located on a 71 acre United States Forest Service owned tract. Though Stugger and the USFS reportedly had an understanding that Carinthia would be allowed to expand onto the land when it had the necessary funds, the USFS awarded Mount Snow development rights. Stugger eventually won an appeal with the Secretary of Agriculture after battling for much of the 1960s and 1970s, getting the permit in 1978.

After the long battle was settled, Carinthia entered the chairlift age in 1979, when it installed the novice Ski Baba double chairlift.

Upper mountain trails were cut in the early 1980s, initially to be served by a bubble chairlift. A new (non-bubble) double chairlift was installed to the then-new-top of the ski area for the 1983-84 season.

Mount Snow Purchases Carinthia

After running into financial struggles, Carinthia was purchased by Mount Snow on April 28, 1986. The trails were connected to Mt. Snow for the 1986-87 season, marking an end to Carinthia's standalone era.

Expansion History
Project
Season
Northwest Area
Cancelled
1980s
Upper Mountain
Open
1983-84

Image Gallery
1960-61 Eastern Ski Map1961-62 Eastern Ski Map1962-63 Eastern Ski Map1964-65 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
The Carinthia Double Chairlift circa 1984
Carinthia Double
Riblet
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1983-84
-
1996-97
Ski Baba in 2002
Ski Baba
Borvig
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1979-80
-
2015-16
T-Bar
Doppelmayr
T-Bar
1960-61
-
1986-87

Maps
1962-63 Carinthia Trail Map1980 Carinthia Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1984-85$17.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph1984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$10.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price Graph1980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1977-78$8.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1974-75$7.001974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price Graph1974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1964-65$4.001964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$4.001963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$5.001962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph
1961-621961-62 Ticket Price Graph1961-62 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 15April 221961-62 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"My family skied at Carinthia from the late 1960s into the mid 80s My father Bob Yovan patrolled there for close to 20 years with Dick Larkin. Some of the best times of my life was spent on those slopes. Walter Stuggar was a major jerk. Despite having a wonderful ski patrol crew, he was an irate, nasty, ungrateful person to deal with. Despite all that, some of the best memories of my life were spent on those slopes so many years ago."
Darren Yovan, Jun. 22, 2016
"I started skiing first time at Carinthia in the 70's. Still remember leather lace boots / cable bindings / strapsand of course the ROPE TOW !!! From there is was all up hill ... now ~ 40 years later still at it with the New Haven Ski Club ! "
Roger Milson, Mar. 17, 2016
"I love Carinthia, It is what got me into park skiing and freeriding"
Ben Collins, Nov. 5, 2014
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External Links
  • Mount Snow - official site
  • Last updated: November 25, 2016

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