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The Timber Ridge base area (2002)
Timber Ridge
Windham, Vermont
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1963-64
Last Season:1990-91
Vertical Drop:795 feet
Standing Lifts:
Past Lifts:1 double, surface lifts
Left: The Timber Ridge base area (2002)
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While overshadowed by Magic Mountain on the north side, the east side of Glebe Mountain has had an on-again, off-again ski area for nearly half a century. Surrounded by ski houses, the area generally only operated on weekends and holidays throughout its history.

Glebe Mountain Farm

Glebem Mountain Farm ski area was developed by original Magic Mountain co-developer William Ingraham. In 1963-64, a small Borvig T-Bar was installed near the base of the mountain, serving short trails of all abilities.

Eventually renamed "Timber Ridge," the ski area's vertical drop more than doubled in 1972 when the Upper Mountain was opened via a new Hall double chairlift. Plans were announced to eventually make the area a private family country club. Adhering to the family image, manager Jeff Pitchford remarked that, "[w]e don't have a bar in the base lodge and we don't want one."

Entering the 1980s, two new complexes were proposed. The first, Southbrook, was cut but never saw the installation of the planned lift. The other, the North Glacier Bowl, was never cut.

A chairlift footing on the Showcase Trail (2006)
A chairlift footing on the Showcase Trail (2006)

Instead, in part due to multiple seasons of bad snowfall, Timber Ridge likely found itself defunct by the middle of the decade.

Timberside at Magic Mountain

In 1986, the new ownership group of Magic Mountain, led by Simon Oren, purchased Timber Ridge. In 1987, the two areas were connected via a pair of long trails, making one large resort called The Magic Mountains.

The winter of 1988-89 was so lean that the connecting trails between Magic and Timberside were seldom, if at all, open. In 1990, Oren sold his remaining interest in the company to partners Joe O'Donnell and Petros A. "Bob" Palandjian.

Following the 1990-91 season, the decision was made to shut down both Magic and Timber Ridge. In the spring of 1993, the owners decided to put Magic and Timber Ridge on the auction block. The Timber Ridge chairlift was sold to Smugglers Notch and installed in the Morse Mountain area in later that year.

While Magic Mountain reopened in 1997, Timber Ridge remained dormant.

In recent years, there has been a slow, but gradual effort underway to reopen Timber Ridge as a small, standalone area. While no lifts have been installed, many of the trails have been kept clear. In addition, the area has sported a modern grooming snowcat for nearly a decade.

In January 2014, Timber Ridge was featured on the National Geographic show Building Wild's episode "Top of the World," in which a cabin was constructed on the top footing of the former Showcase double chairlift.

It is not known if or when lift service will return to Timber Ridge, or if it will ever reopen to the public.

Expansion History
Project
Season
Upper Mountain
Abandoned
1972-73
Southbrook
Abandoned
1982-83
Magic Connection
Abandoned
1987-88
North Glacier Bowl
Cancelled
1983-84

Image Gallery
1969-70 Eastern Ski Map1971-72 Eastern Ski MapTimber Ridge Aerial Imagery, 1993 vs. 2010
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
The bottom terminal of the Showcase Double in 2002
Showcase Double
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1972-73
-
1992-93
Tempest T-Bar
Borvig
T-Bar
1963-64
-

Maps
1964-65 Glebe Mountain Farm Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1976-771976-77 Ticket Price Graph$250.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1972-73$9.001972-73 Ticket Price Graph$250.001972-73 Season Pass Price Graph27.8 days1972-73 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$6.501969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1966-67$5.001966-67 Ticket Price Graph1966-67 Season Pass Price Graph1966-67 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$5.001964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"Came across this piece. I grew up in Chester, and spent my childhood skiing at Timber Ridge every weekend with my family, friends like the Waits, Trasks (Beaver, RIP), Goodeves, Arnolds and countless others. My moms side of the family are Ingrahams...I remember meeting Adam Rich, Paul New,and and Robert Redford! Very fond memories and as I re live my childhood watching and skiing with my 2 little girls it brings back sooooo many incredible memories......it was a VERY special place......"
Sarah Ballou Philippon, Jan. 10, 2017
"To me, Glebe Mountain and Timber Ridge still live. The lights in my parents' house still burn brightly as a third generation enjoys this truly family area. There may be no lifts, but Tim Waker, the current owner, mows and maintains the remaining trails as well, if not better, than many operating areas. I know some off piste skiers who ski there very year. It is among their favorite places. My last run was only a few years ago, on the Lower Renegade to the Base Lodge. A little rough, but in some way it was the best run ever. "
Bart Goodeve, Dec. 24, 2016
"My parents were among the 'Founder Members' who renamed the mountain Timber Ridge in the 70's. Timber Ridge was an amazing place. Our family would jump in the car every friday night and cruise up from CT to VT. I spent all of my teen years there skiing with my parents, two brothers and sister (who often skied with Paul Newman's daughter)....pretty cool! I now live in Waterville Valley NH where I have raised my children to love skiing as much as I do. Thanks to John and Judy Troy (my parents) for giving me such a great childhood at Timber Ridge."
pamela stone, Apr. 21, 2016
"The Windham Elementary school had ski days when it was Glebe Mt, and I learned to ski. When it became Timber Ridge my mom worked in the cafeteria there for many years getting me free skiing. I worked there as a teen and skied whenever time allowed. I have so many memories of skiing, helping the ski patrol, working Christmas parties. I met Paul Newman there! I still have my Timber Ridge Ski patch. Yup, the good old days."
Carol (Patenaude) Clark, Dec. 19, 2014
"On the National Geographic episode, they made it sound like 1 guy owns it with his son, and they have no plans of ever opening it. They built the cabin and plan to use it with family and friends and small rail jam events."
John M, Aug. 21, 2014
"When this episode opened up and they showed the view and did the intro, it was wow! I've beeen there! I skied there when in high school, mid-sixties! Yea, it was GLebe Mt. It was great fun, no crowds and long lines. Great to see it again, especially from that great little cabin. Good job!"
su smith, Mar. 22, 2014
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External Links
  • Magic Mountain Ski Resort - official site
  • Timber Ridge - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Last updated: November 5, 2016

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