|Vertical Drop:||2600 feet|
|Left: Glen Ellen circa the late 1960s or early 1970s|
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Last updated: April 30, 2017
Located on the highpoint of Lincoln Mountain, between Sugarbush's Lincoln Peak and Mad River Glen, Sugarbush North was originally developed as a standalone area known as Glen Ellen.|
The lower portion of Glen Ellen was opened by Walton Elliott in 1963, initially with an advertised vertical drop of 1,600 feet.
For its second season, the summit double chairlift was installed, with the Glen House constructed near its base. Six new trails were added as a result of the expansion. With neighbor Sugarbush advertising "greatest vertical rise in east" courtesy its top to bottom gondola, Glen Ellen carried the "greatest vertical descent in east" slogan with its tiered chairlifts.
The 1964-65 season was deemed a success, with second year revenues surpassing the first's on February 25. Bold expansion plans were announced, including the construction of two chairlifts to General Stark Mountain.
A bad snow year in 1964-65 slowed development, however Lower FIS and the Inverness lift line were cut and the Golden Thistle Base Lodge expanded.
Five new trails were added for the 1965-66 season.
In early 1967, Glen Ellen was named as a possible downhill skiing venue for a potential Waterbury 1976 Olympics bid, thanks to its large continuous vertical drop.
A snowmaking system was installed for the 1968-69 season, covering the novice double chairlift area.
The Inverness area received its chairlift for the 1971-72 season, dramatically improving access to the terrain in the "West Bowl."
On March 11, 1972, a chairlift rollback occurred, resulting in five injuries. Shortly thereafter, Glen Ellen also hosted the Northern American Alpine Junior Championships, receiving bad ink in publications as far away as The Desert News. A racing division president was quoted as saying, "[i]t was probably one of the sorriest races of the season. The weather, broken chairlifts and snow conditions didn't help any."
Glen Ellen circa the early 1970s
In the fall of 1972, real estate agent Gina van Loon and energy consultant Ken Brown purchased the assets of Glen Ellen Corp. for a reported $2 million. Sno Engineering was hired to help fix the problematic lifts.
The energy crisis combined with back to back rough winters resulted in Glen Ellen going bankrupt in 1974. Walt Elliott was then brought in by the banks to operate the area for the 1974-75 season.
Former Stratton General Manager and Canadian Olympian Harvey Clifford took over Glen Ellen in 1975, purchasing it in 1976. Clifford's tenure would be brief, however, as Solon Automated Services purchased Sugarbush in November of 1977 and had its eyes set on at least one more ski area.
Glen Ellen Becomes Sugarbush North
In 1978, Solon Automated Services acquired Glen Ellen, renaming it Sugarbush North. The two ski areas would only be connected by shuttle service until the installation of the Slide Brook Express chairlift in 1995.
The ski area was part of the LBO Resort Enterprises Corp. and American Skiing Company empire from October of 1994 through September of 2001.
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
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|1967-68||$8.00||$135.00||16.9 days||November 23|
|"I loved skiing Glen Ellen (as well as Sugarbush)... The GLADES especially... skiing slowly in between the white birch and fir trees laden with new snow... NO noise - just the skis and bindings squeaking... no wind... just snowing softly - but accumulating quickly on the trees and trails... Oh my... what great memories from the early 1970's... Glen Ellen was wonderful...
|Dave Lockwood, Aug. 2, 2017|
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