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  Alpine CCC Ski Trails > Massachusetts
Great Blue Hill
Canton, Massachusetts

Overview
The highest point in Norfolk County, Great Blue Hill has been a popular destination for outdoor recreation for over a century.

Starting in 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps cut two trails on Great Blue Hill.

It is thought these trails were significantly rebuilt into Trail 1 (Big Blue) and Trail 2 (Upper Patriots Path/Sonya) for the 1949 lift served development.

Trails on Great Blue Hill
Location map Big Blue - Open
It is thought a much narrower version of the present day Big Blue ski slope was one of the original CCC ski trails. The present day vertical drop is around 300 feet.



Quotes
" Clearing and grading, he [Benjamin W. Fink, chief engineer of the Massachusetts District Commission Parks Division] reasoned, will not be too difficult, for the area is filled with trails now and has been used for some skiing previously. "
Courtney Sheldon, 1949


" The first ski slopes were built on Great Blue Hill by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression. Those ski trails were designed by Arthur A. Shurcliff, a landscape architect who worked as a consultant to the Metropolitan District Commission and the National Park Service. The Civilian Conservation Corps started the work in 1935, and the first two downhill ski slopes on Great Blue Hill were usable by the winter, according to state records. "
Emily Sweeney, 2008


Images
The 1941 USGS map of Great Blue Hill
The 1941 USGS map of Great Blue Hill

A redevelopment map of the new Blue Hills ski area (1949)
A redevelopment map of the new Blue Hills ski area (1949)

A CCC crew packing a trail in 1936
A CCC crew packing a trail in 1936

Looking up the Big Blue trail (2008)
Looking up the Big Blue trail (2008)

Looking down the Big Blue trail (2008)
Looking down the Big Blue trail (2008)

Resources
  • Blue Hills - NewEnglandSkiHistory.com
  • Great Blue Hill - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Sheldon, Courtney. "Blue Hills skiing through the years" The Boston Globe. 4 Dec. 2008.
  • Sweeney, Emily. "Ski Center by Christmas Set as Goal for Boston" The Christian Science Monitor. 8 Oct. 1949.


  • Last updated: March 17, 2011
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