NewEnglandSkiHistory.com
CT
|
Maine
|
Massachusetts
|
New Hampshire
|
RI
|
Vermont
SkiNewEngland.net
 
Connecticut Cancelled Ski Areas
West Peak Ski Area
Meriden, Connecticut
Proposed in 1960
West Peak Ski Area location map Overview
Likely at some point in early to mid 1960, Louis Zemel approached the Meriden parks department about building a ski area on West Peak. Assuming it was similar to other ski proposals made by Zemel that year (West Rock and Powder Hill), it would have likely included snowmaking and multiple rope tows. Overall, there was potential for over 600 vertical feet of skiing, which could have made it the second largest ski area in the state at that point.

Zemel's proposed ski area was rejected by the parks department, as the park was deeded to not allow commercial operations.

Zemel would co-found Powder Hill later in 1960.

1955 USGS topographical map of West Peak
1955 USGS topographical map of West Peak

Today
There are no known remains of the proposed West Peak ski area. Quotes
" James Barry, superintendent of parks, reported that Zemel had sent a letter here asking about the possibility of constructing a ski run on West Peak.

Zemel made the same proposition to Meriden which was turned down because of restrictions placed on the park. According to the deeds giving the land to the city the park cannot be used for commercial ventures, which the ski tow would have been.
"
Meriden Journal, 1960




Resources
  • "City Turned Down West Peak Ski Tow" Meriden Journal. 28 July 1960.


  • Last updated: November 23, 2012
    Also on NewEnglandSkiHistory.com...
    The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain?
    The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain?
    A grand hotel in northern New Hampshire
    A grand hotel in northern New Hampshire
    A classic trail cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps
    A classic trail cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps
    A ski area built on Massachusetts' highest peak that never opened...
    A ski area built on Massachusetts' highest peak that never opened...
    Will Tenney's lifts spin again?
    Will Tenney's lifts spin again?
    A 5,000 acre resort with a tram and monorail?  Almost.
    A 5,000 acre resort with a tram and monorail? Almost.
       CCC Trails    Cancelled Ski Areas    Expansions    Lifts    Management    Maps    News    Then and Now    Timelines    Topics    In The Press    Links    Site Map    What's New    Feedback

    Copyright 2002-2017, All Rights Reserved.