Last updated: October 5, 2021
Located in northeastern Vermont, 3,267 foot Burke Mountain towers over the surrounding landscape.
Elmer A. Darling|
The Darling family's Burke lineage reportedly dates back to the War of 1812, when Major Ebenezer Darling came to the small town. His grandson Elmer was born in East Burke in 1848 and eventually studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Elmer then moved to New York City, where he started working for his uncle at the Fifth Avenue Hotel. By 1883, he reportedly had an ownership stake in the business.
Elmer Darling (1907 Boston Globe feature)
Around that time, Darling began acquiring vast amounts of land in Burke, creating a working estate operated by his brother and sister called Mountain View. Circa 1904, work began on his dream mansion, overlooking Burke Mountain. Built to Darling's specifications, the three-story colonial included granite quarried from nearby Kirby, as well as locally sourced limestone and lumber. The name of the $300,000 mansion, "Burklyn," was "whimsically made up from the names of Burke and Lyndon" because it was situated on the town line.
By this point, Darling also owned thousands of acres of land on and around Burke Mountain. In 1906, work began on a carriage road to the top of Burke Mountain. At the time, the route was said to be "a little north east of where the present path is now" and was led by John Keach. The road was later described as being "for the daring to negotiate." A lookout tower was constructed atop that road circa 1912.
Elmer Darling passed away on April 11, 1931 at the age of 83. Having never married, he left his fortune to numerous local and regional entities and bequeathed his vast property to his brother Lucius and nephew Henry. Later that year, word emerged of plans to construct an auto road to the summit of Burke Mountain. The summit lookout tower collapsed under the weight of sleet and ice storms during the winter of 1931-32.
Darling State Forest Park
In June 1933, Governor Stanley Wilson accepted a gift of several hundred acres (later noted as 1,800 acres) from the Darlings for the development of a state forest. State forestry commissioner Perry Merrill announced the deployment of 200 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) members to East Burke to construct Camp 131. Work quickly started on an auto road to the summit, with one mile constructed by December. The initial gravel road and new 37 foot tall summit fire tower were likely completed in 1934. It is possible that this road was advertised as a ski trail during the winter of 1934-35. The paved road was completed in 1935 and formally opened in October with Governor Charles Smith and a crowd of 3,000 on hand. The road was officially commissioned as the "Perry Merrill Highway." Other features included picnic areas, log shelters, and foot paths.
CCC Ski Trails
For the 1935-36 season, three ski trails were advertised. According to the Burlington Free Press, there were "three ski runs on the mountain with vertical descents of about 1200 feet besides the automobile road to the summit." According to the Montpelier Argus, the three trails were the "Bear Bend" (0.75 mile), the Amateur run (1.25 miles), and the Wilderness run (0.75 mile). Camp superintendent (and former state highway department engineer) Ray Estabrooks was credited leading the auto road and ski trail construction. The Caledonia Ski Association "tried out all these runs" just before Christmas 1935.
Burke Mountain before the clearing of the lift line
The new "13 Club" of St. Johnsbury hosted its first downhill race at Burke on January 12, 1936, with local student Chester Witters winning the race down the two mile auto road with a time of 4 minutes.
According to the Burlington Free Press, there were three downhill runs at Burke for the winter of 1937-38: Bear's Den (one mile long, 15-30 feet wide, 1,300 feet vertical drop), Wilderness Run (one mile long, 15-30 feet wide, 1,200 feet vertical drop), Automobile Parkway (1.75 miles long, 25-35 feet wide, 1,250 feet vertical drop). A 65 acre open slope was also advertised, with a 600 foot vertical drop. Though the 13 Club and Lyndon Outing Club co-sponsored racing that winter, the latter soon became the dominant force on the mountain.
The second tower atop Burke Mountain was likely destroyed by the September 1938 New England hurricane. A new tower was constructed circa 1939 or 1940.
The Lyndon Outing Club hosted the first annual Northeastern Vermont downhill competition during the winter of 1938-39. Initially planned for January, the race was postponed until mid-February, taking place on the Bear Den Trail. Though racing activity grew in subsequent years, momentum was lost with the onset of World War II, as many key Lyndon Outing Club members joined the war effort.
In early 1946, Perry Merrill pledged to help clear one of the ski trails to host the New England Interscholastic Ski Championships could be held the following winter. The race was held in February 1947 with Lyndon Institute taking first place. Though mild weather impacted subsequent racing activity, rumors began to emerge of further investments in the ski development.
A 90-foot communication tower was constructed atop the mountain in 1947 for the state police. For perhaps the first time, a snow cat was used on the mountain in early 1948, transporting equipment for the tower.
Ski Burke Mountain, Inc.
As the 1950s progressed, interest in a Burke Mountain development grew while the ski trails became overgrown. Though the Lyndon Outing Club did not want to lead the effort, it did pledge its support for the prospective development. The Burke Mountain Recreational Committee was formed in early 1953 to help drive the Burke project with Herbert Gregory serving as chairman, as well as the involvement of Cedric Sherrer, Clayton Rice, Crawford Davis, Howard Higgins, Albert Facteau, Robert Lewis, and William Stone. Soon thereafter, Representative Graham Newell introduced legislation to provide $10,000 to clear the Wilderness Run and convert Bear Den into a Class A racing trail. Charles Lord, who had laid out the original Bear Den trail, and Cedric Sherrer, an accomplished racer, surveyed the improvements that summer. Sherrer and Jerry Baril supervised the on-hill work. Governor Lee Emerson noted that the funding was the first step, "paving the way for the entrance of private capital into a project which some day will greatly enhance our facilities for expanded winter sports business, and hence additional income."
Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. Board of Directors (1955)
Related to this effort, in August 1953, Milton Kerr (former president of Lyndon Outing Club) and Clarence Akley filed to issue 12 shares of stock at $50 per share in a company named Ski Burke Mountain, Inc.
In late January 1955, Milton Kerr announced Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. had rented a snow cat and trailer to bring people to the top of the mountain. The goal of the rental was to test a snow cat on the mountain and to see if there was enough interest to proceed with development of a ski area. 175 people were transported via the snow cat during a late January weekend. By this point, the corporation had 14 stockholders.
Lift Served Skiing
On April 22, 1955, Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. announced plans to construct a Pomalift. A deadline of June 1 was set for raising $50,000 via the sale of stock ($10 per share), which could cover the cost of acquiring and installing the lift, as well as initial operating expenses. In addition to the 5,200 foot long, 1,520 vertical foot Pomalift, first-season plans called for a 1,200 foot rope tow and the purchase of at least one snow cat. Operations were premised on a 75-day season. Corporation officers made the rounds, enlisting local civic organizations in the sale of stock.
Burke Mountain circa 1956
As the June 1 deadline approached, it was clear that Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. was woefully below its goal, with only $17,500 purchased or pledged. Adding to the difficulties, initial lift line surveys were found to be in need of revision, in part because the state did not want the lift interfering with the summit parking lot or views. Meanwhile, Governor Joseph Johnson approved allocating $7,500 for the construction of a lodge, with the state planning to lease the operations to a third party.
With sales and commitments still $12,000 short of the $50,000 goal, on July 18, Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. voted to order the Pomalift. The corporation formally signed a purchase agreement for the lift on August 12, 1955, providing a $8,700 down payment. Clearing and excavation commenced on September 16, followed by concrete work in November, both handled by Avon Atkins Construction Company. Realizing that $50,000 would not be adequate to complete the ski area, Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. voted to increase its capitalization to $200,000 in November.
Development of Burke Mountain (1955-1956)
By the end of November, the Pomalift parts were sailing across the Atlantic, while Douglas Wood and David "Duffy" Dodge installed the rope tow. Meanwhile, a new 7,200 volt electric line extension was constructed by Lyndonville Electric to power the lifts. The Pomalift parts began arriving at Burke in mid-December.
Construction of the Pomalift progressed into January, as Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. continued putting out pleas for additional stock sales as it felt the financial crunch. By late January, the corporation was said to be "in financial stress" with tens of thousands of dollars in outstanding bills. To augment stock sales, directors sought to sell notes carrying a 6 percent interest rate.
In mid-January, upon returning from Olympic tryouts, Cedric Sherrer was named trail supervisor and ski patrol director.
Burke Lifts Spin
After some delays reportedly related to a lack of snow, the rope tow began operating on Saturday, January 28, 1956. The Pomalift opened one day later, serving some 400 skiers. John Bisson, a Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. director who had recently been awarded the food concession by the state, purchased the first lift-ticket book.
Burke Mountain circa the late 1950s
Trails during the first winter included the CCC-constructed Bear Den Trail, Wilderness Trail, and Skyline Run (the toll road), as well as three new trails named Center Trail, Little Dipper, and Big Dipper. To bolster interest, Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. offered free skiing to all local schools on Monday through Thursday afternoons.
Burke Mountain was formally dedicated on February 12, 1956 with a crowd estimated at 1,500 on hand. Governor Johnson, sporting a black eye from a recent skiing mishap at Stowe, took the first Poma ride for the official opening.
With its financial situation worsening, Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. doubled down on its stock sales drive that month, offering lifetime season passes anyone purchasing 100 shares. Even with the added incentive, the situation remained dire. Though the ski season extended into mid-April, it came to a close due to a "lack of skiers and not a lack of snow." Revenue for the season clocked in at $7,433.50.
Following the season, Avon Atkins Construction Company sued Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. for $50,000 for non-payment. Soon thereafter, it was disclosed that Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. had also missed payments to Poma. Former Burke Mountain Recreational Committee chairman released a public letter condemning the organization to "get someone mad and in hopes that the stockholders of Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. will rise up in arms and turn out in full force...and elect a brand new set of directors." Director Clarence Akley responded two days later, defending the board, but stating it would be "willing step down if others will step forward who are devoted to the project." Though Akley was re-elected in August, many new members were elected to the board. Leland Gray was elected as president. Cedric Sherrer remained as manager.
Following the board shake up, Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. reached a settlement with Avon Atkins Construction Company, paying a reduced amount with hopes of selling more shares of stock to cover the expense.
For the 1956-57 season, a warming hut was constructed at the top of the ski area, providing room for ski patrol and refreshments. A new bypass was cut on the Bear Den Trail (Roundhouse), while a new connector from the toll road to the base area was completed (Big Dipper Trail). Meanwhile, the Pomalift received new coats of orange and green paint.
The anticipation for the sophomore season had plenty of time to build, as natural snowfall did not enable opening until just before New Year's Day. A very cold January and a March closing did not help revenue, which came in around $10,000 for the season. Half of the season's take came from Washington's Birthday weekend, while an estimated 70% of skiers were from out of state. Meanwhile, Jay Peak opened for business, providing the Northeast Kingdom with another large ski area.
Continuing to suffer from a lack of capital, Ski Burke Mountain, Inc.'s 1957 off-season work was limited to maintaining existing trails and facilities. Meanwhile, work commenced on a new $126,000 access road to the ski area.
The first earned turns of the 1957-58 season occurred after a small snowfall on November 1, with adequate snowpack eventually accumulating in time for a December 14 opening. A unique feature added to the area during the season was a "Friendship Arch" near the bottom of the Pomalift, which was decked out with a collection of bells that skiers could ring. Concession manager John Bisson's wife came up with the idea, describing it as a "singing mountain." Business improved as the area posted a record 1,029 skiers in one weekend in early March. The season likely concluded in early April.
The base area circa 1958
Though the 1957-58 season was stronger than its predecessors, Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. was still dealing with financial issues. In November, it announced that it needed to raise $5,000 to open for the 1958-59 season. Clarence Akley took over as president of the corporation, which hired Richard Coney as the new general manager, since Cedric Sherrer had moved to the Lake Tahoe area to teach school and assist in the preparation for the 1960 Winter Olympics. A Bethlehem, New Hampshire resident, Coney had previously taught at the Sun Valley, Cannon Mountain, and Mittersill ski schools.
The new access road was completed in time for the 1958-59 season, which was slated to start before Christmas. However, on December 16, the maintenance garage burned, causing the loss of many tools, including those needed to complete lift maintenance. The season likely started either immediately before or immediately after Christmas and ran into mid-April, resulting in gross revenue of $17,000.
Still dealing with debt, Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. attempted to sell stock to retire mortgages and notes prior to the 1959-60 season, but was unsuccessful. New connector trails were cut between Wilderness and the Toll Road and from the lift line to Bear Den, as well as a bypass on Bear Den. Preston M. Leete, uncle of Killington founder Preston Leete Smith, was hired as general manager. A native of Connecticut, Leete was a graduate of Dartmouth College and had been previously employed at another Pomalift ski area, Okemo.
As the 1959-60 season unfolded, Burke was becoming a cautionary tale in ski area development due to its continued financial woes. During the season, a new plan to raise $40,000 was announced, with the agreement that bondholders would convert their $91,000 in notes to shares of stock if the sum could be raised to retire existing accounts payable. Though initially heavily promoted, the effort faded as the season drew to a close in the early spring. Meanwhile, after years of struggles, the French Pomalift motor was replaced with a new 120 horsepower General Electric motor during the season.
A Pomalift-served novice area was developed near the base lodge for the 1960-61 season. In addition, the Bear Den trail was widened and bypasses were cut for the Toll Road, Wilderness trail, and Big Dipper. Though the season started on minimal snow before Christmas, a New Year's weekend storm bolstered conditions. The novice Pomalift was not installed for the opening of the season, but the lift components were reportedly delivered to the area in January. Though the season extended into the first full week of April, full-year attendance reportedly dropped by 20%.
Off-season 1961 work was limited to trail maintenance and installing a new cable on the Pomalift. The 1961-62 season likely started just before Christmas and may have come to a close in late March. While most ski areas of size showed an increase in business, Burke saw yet another drop.
Restructuring and Near Closure
Recognizing that Burke needed to expand in order to be a regional force, a new organization was formed with the intent of applying for an Area Redevelopment Administration (ARA) loan. Named the Northeast Kingdom Ski Club, Inc., the company was incorporated by Clarence Akley in October 1962 with Leland Gray serving as its first president. A contract was drawn up with Sno-Engineering to study installing a chairlift, constructing new trails, and expanding base facilities. Included was a proposal to tie the expanded ski area into a Victory Dam recreation area.
Though the novice Pomalift had been advertised since the 1960-61 season, it was listed as a new lift in some publications for the 1962-63 season.
Following the 1962-63 season, Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. approved the sale of the ski area to Northeast Kingdom Ski Club, Inc., which was still hoping to obtain an ARA loan. By this point, the organization was looking at a $2.2 million development that would include "six inter-related ski areas...each to be served by an aerial ski lift." The proposed sale price would be at least $150,000. The arrangement likely fell through, as Ski Burke explored leasing the area to former manager Richard Coney, but ultimately remained in control as the 1963-64 season arrived, with Coney returning as manager.
Following the 1963-64 season, Ski Burke announced two prospective buyers had been located. Facing continued financial woes and equipment problems, if a sale could not be arranged, Ski Burke would shut down the ski area.
Burke Mountain Recreation, Inc. emerged as a buyer, quietly funded by Doug Kitchel. Owner of a prominent local farm, Kitchel had become involved in state politics earlier in the decade, serving on the State Water Resources Board, chairing the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce (where he was involved in efforts to develop the Victory Dam project), and soon as a Republican State Senator. The deal was completed on November 25, 1964, with the new ownership entity immediately starting a $25,000 rehabilitation project. Work included rebuilding the Pomalift, widening the Big Dipper trail, widening the open slope above the base lodge, and developing a new novice rope tow slope below the parking lot. Richard Coney continued as manager, also serving as a director of the new organization. Long term plans for a gondola were publicized.
From Surface to Aerial
While Burke was operating as a sizable surface lift area for a decade, the growing Vermont ski industry threatened to leave it behind. As such, a major expansion took place for the 1966-67 season, centered around the installation of Burke's first chairlift. In addition to the lift, the base lodge was doubled in size and 20 acres of skiable terrain added.
The Pomalift circa the late 1950s or early 1960s
Additional trails and a Poma lift were advertised as added for the 1968-69 season. Warren Witherell established Burke Mountain Academy near the ski area in 1970. The popular racing trail Warren's Way was later named for the legendary coach.
Coinciding with the extension of Interstate 91 through Lyndonville, a lower mountain chairlift and base lodge were added for 1978-79 season, pushing the ski area's vertical drop over the 2,000 foot mark. While the new complex seemed promising, it reportedly lacked snowmaking and thus sat idle for its first two seasons. Though future expansion was planned for East Bowl and West Peak, the area reportedly went bankrupt in 1987.
Developer Paul Quinn acquired Burke in September 1987 with plans to turn it into a four season resort featuring 11 lifts, including relocating the summit double to East Bowl and opening West Peak. While summit double chairlift was upgraded to a fixed grip quad for the 1988-89 season, progress stalled as the real estate market went south. Burke would go on to struggle financially, declaring bankruptcy in 1990.
Bernd and Karin Schaefers acquired the ski area circa the fall of 1991. Plans were announced to turn Burke into a center for film festivals, a la Sundance, as well as constructing a Bavarian castle themed hotel and microbrewery. However, Burke was once again bankrupt in 1995.
The Northern Star Ski Corporation acquired Burke in 1995 and began improving the trails and infrastructure. However, after back to back bad seasons, Northern Star President Andy Holmes announced the area's lender had withdrawn and that an ownership change would be imminent.
In September of 2000, Burke Mountain Academy acquired the ski area at auction for a reported $300,000, placing it in a company called Burke 2000 LLC. In 2005, the area was transferred to Lubert-Adler and the Ginn Corporation.
A Major Ski Area Once Again
Following the acquisition, Burke underwent a significant transformation, as its first high speed quad opened on the lower mountain for the 2005-06 season.
The Poma and Mid Burke Express (2013)
Soon thereafter, the Ginn-Lubert-Adler partnership came under severe strain as the real estate crisis escalated. Burke 2000 was eventually placed under LRA BURSKI, LLC, which was in turn owned by Lubert-Adler's Legacy Resort Assets.
A second high speed quad was announced for the 2011-12 season, though installation hit some snags. Initially intended to be a refurbished lift from Ascutney, negotiations didn't work out. As a result, a new Leitner-Poma high speed quad was purchased, opening on Christmas Eve.
The Rise and Fall of Q Burke
Perhaps in part due to the financial strain of the poor 2011-2012 winter, as well as the finances needed to install and operate the new lift, LRA BURSKI, LLC sold the ski area to Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros in May 2012 for $7.26 million.
The last days of Q Burke (April 2016)
While on mountain investment was made into the snowmaking system, Quiros and business partner Bill Stenger quickly turned their attention to a $98 million investment plan involving a hotel, conference center, aquatic center, and tennis facility. Quiros and Stenger had previous experience with the EB-5 program, as they had raised hundreds of millions of dollars to fund projects at Jay Peak.
Quiros formally renamed the ski area to Q Burke Mountain Resort in 2013, prompting scorn from many longtime skiers and local residents.
In June 2014, ground was broken for the $50 million hotel, which was expected to open for the 2015-16 season. While construction was completed in early 2016, the hotel remained closed.
On April 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission raided and took control of Q Burke, alleging that Quiros and business partner Bill Stenger defrauded EB-5 immigrant investors with a complex Ponzi scheme. Leisure Hotels and Resorts was installed as the operator while the government appointed receiver worked to stabilize and eventually sell the ski area. Later that month, the Burke Mountain name was restored, coinciding with reassurances that the hotel would debut in the fall and that the ski area would remain operating.
With the area now operating under a receivership, the Poma lift served its last skiers in the spring of 2017. The historic lift was removed that summer, making way for a new high-speed T-Bar.
The last days of the Burke Poma (March 2017)
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|January||97% (2 reports)|
|February||100% (1 report)|
|March||100% (3 reports)||
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
||Season Pass Price
|2020-21||$77.00||$999.00||13.0 days||December 19||April 4|
|2019-20||$75.00||$979.00||13.1 days||December 7||March 14|
||Season Pass Price
|2018-19||$73.00||$959.00||13.1 days||November 23||April 14|
|2017-18||$69.00||$929.00||13.5 days||December 1||April 15|
|2016-17||$64.00||$899.00||14.0 days||December 2||April 16|
|2015-16||$64.00||$899.00||14.0 days||January 1||March 27|
|2014-15||$64.00||$899.00||14.0 days||December 13||April 5|
|2013-14||$68.00||$799.00||11.8 days||December 14||April 13|
|2012-13||$68.00||$799.00||11.8 days||December 1||April 7||75,247|
|2011-12||$68.00||$699.00||10.3 days||December 17||March 24||61,140|
|2010-11||$66.00||December 11||April 10||76,405|
|2009-10||$59.00||$629.00||10.7 days||April 4|
||Season Pass Price
|2007-08||$54.00||December 8||April 6|
|2006-07||$54.00||$599.00||11.1 days||December 9|
|2005-06||$52.00||$599.00||11.5 days||December 20||April 2|
|2004-05||$47.00||$569.00||12.1 days||April 3|
|1999-00||$42.00||December 4||March 27|
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|1956-57||$4.00||$75.00||18.8 days||December 29||March 30||9,000|
|"skied Burke between 1962 and 1966. Stayed with the Kolars at Winape in West Charleston every year between Christmas and New Years and at Easter, if there was still snow- great times with a bunch of friends. Loved the Poma, the Bear Den and Toll Road and just being in Vermont in the winter. Also one of the best weeks of Spring skiing ever for Easter vacation in about 1965/1966. After I moved to Cabot in 1973, I then brought my little sister to Burke in 1973 with her friend and we all had a great time at Burke. A wonderful place to ski. I haven't been back to ski Burke in many years, but glad Burke is still going strong."|
|David Tweed Reid, Feb. 13, 2021|
|"Love Burke! First skied there early 1970s, the addition of the detachable has been great, & now it's the last run of the poma as word is a t-bar will replace it next year. I'll miss the poma lift! Love the mid mountain lodge -- great blend of the old & new & the trails rock"|
|Stephen Garfield, Feb. 2, 2017|
|"First skied here in the 59/60 season. As I remember one long Poma platter pull lift to the top, and a rope tow just below the lodge. I was a member of the Lyndon Institute ski team. Although not very good at racing I enjoyed the skiing. Lyndon had the New England state champion high school ski team that year. The coach was Don Erskin. Team members included the Beattie brothers, all three of the Smith brothers, Art Sanborn, Dave Jenkins, Peter King, Greg Peck, Gary Cassidy, to name a few. We used to take the old 'red bus' up to the area for practice and meets. It was an old, maybe 47-48 Chevy sedan, chopped in half and a section added in the middle. Looked like an old fashioned limo. With no heat! I taught my future wife how to ski on the rope tow slope in the early 60's. We still take a run or two at Mt Baker here in Washington. Glad to see the area is still operating."|
|Ernie Hutchins, Jan. 23, 2014|
|"My Aunt and Uncle used to own a condo there at the base of the beginner chair, and I skied there several times in the 1980s, back when they still had just two double chairs and the two pomalifts too. Because we were by then Colorado skiers my 1st wife and I really liked the wide trails over by the Dipper poma and I thought that maybe they should have replaced that lift with a chair and possibly extended it further uphill too, which might have helped mitigate that really long walk back from the East Bowl somewhat too.Better yet, why not an East Bowl lift and snowmaking over there too?Back when the main mountain chair was a double it used to get pretty crowded, and then we would ride the school poma instead, which covered probably 2/3rds of the vertical anyway, as it never had any lift line either. I did ski there once after the fixed-grip quad was installed and that new lift did-in most of the waiting in liftlines too. My aunt and uncle sold their place there sometime in the 1990s and I haven't been back since. Maybe under Jay's ownership some of the long-promised improvements can be undertaken and Burke can realize all of the promise that so many people saw in the place over many years only to be left disappointed for so many years too. "|
|Mark Richardson, Mar. 2, 2013|
|"In the 60s and early 70s I lived in Littleton NH but used to ski Burke rather than Cannon Mt because of the lack of lift lines. Many a frosty morn my two daughters amd myself would get up early and load the car and off to Burke for a great day of sking. in the late 50s and early 60s I remember the poma lift. "|
|Barry Story, Feb. 5, 2013|
|"My entire childhood from third grade to graduation was wrapped around the ski season at Burke. Every year that season tickets were available I got an early Christmas present. Favorite trail then was The Powderhorn. I made lifetime friends riding the Saturday bus from St. J to the mountain and I fell in love there for the first time to my 8th grade sweetheart. What that really means is the chairlift ride became romantic. It still takes my breath away 37 years later when my husband and I (not the guy from the chairlift) drive to the top in the summer or fall while we're there visiting. It was a safe place then in the late 60's and 70's, where you could pack a lunch, leave it on a table and it would still be there when you got back. The french fries from the snack bar were "|
|Susan Ali Swain, Jan. 25, 2013|
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