Smallest hill you've ever skied....

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Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby rfarren » Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:45 pm

I just came across this article on FTO :http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2011/07/10/paoli-peaks-ski-lawsuit-trees/. It's about Paoli Peaks. That place is the smallest, or at least the funniest place I've ever skied. I used to go there when I was in College. It got me wondering, what is the most podunk ski hill you've skied?
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby Admin » Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:55 pm

That's one's easy: Yawgoo Valley, in Slocum (no, I can't make that up), Rhode Island. All 150 vertical feet of it as confirmed on a topo map, although they've inexplicably recently inflated their marketing number to 245 feet (which it's not) and 90% of which comes in the top and bottom 10% of the "mountain."

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Notice how a town or county road goes straight up the same fall line as the runs. :lol: Look at the size of the cars in the parking lot relative to the size of the ski area. The chairlift to looker's left and the snow tubing area at the "summit" are both new since I skied there as a kid, as is the terrain park and its rope tow. All we had was the one double and base area rope tow.

You'd think that they would have taken the aerial photo when there was natural snow on the ground, but then you think about that one for a moment...

I defy anyone to beat that one. :wink: Maybe Crocker should make it a destination visit.
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby jasoncapecod » Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:02 pm

Stony Point Ski Area in Stony Point NY back in the 70's..Maybe 100 vert , now it's housing development.
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby EMSC » Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:19 pm

rfarren wrote:what is the most podunk ski hill you've skied?


I've been to far too many frankly. Define podunk though. Vert? Lift infastructure? etc...

How about Brantling, NY. ~240 vert, no chair lifts. Only surface lifts (and only one of those a t-bar). It's a literal cow pasture in summer. But Diane Roffe famously came from there.
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:35 pm

This is a contest I know I'll lose. I've referred to obscure places like Mt. Grands-Fonds and Chisenupuri as small, but they still have 1,000+ vertical. The late Kratka Ridge and Ski Sunrise in SoCal are 700 vertical but both had decent pitch and tree skiing between trails. I never skied the smallest SoCal places Green Valley or Snow Forest. It finally came to me: Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, 410 vertical, acreage is by far the smallest I've skied too. But if you like race courses or terrain parks it's worth a look.
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby Patrick » Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:07 pm

Admin wrote:I defy anyone to beat that one.

Is that all you've got???

Vert in meters and lift(s). I've skied the first two of number of times.

Centre récréatif du Mont Laval, Laval (Ste-Dorothée) (18m – 3) = 59ft
I'll eventually get some pics out of this one.

Parc du Mont Royal (Beaver Lake), Montreal (17-1) = 56ft
Where I would have started skiing. I've even written a TR on it. :mrgreen:
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I might have skied this one, unless I only toboggan. Half the hill was divided (like Beaver Lake)
Parc Cabrini, Montreal (14-1) = 46ft
I went back to ski the hill with glass skis. This place is not too far from Frankontour's home. He even went skiing there a few times.
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby Admin » Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:12 pm

Patrick wrote:
Admin wrote:I defy anyone to beat that one.

Is that all you've got???

...59ft
...56ft
...46ft


I am not worthy.
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby Patrick » Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:26 pm

Admin wrote:
Patrick wrote:
Admin wrote:I defy anyone to beat that one.

Is that all you've got???

...59ft
...56ft
...46ft


I am not worthy.


Even smaller than the 138ft vert I skied last Saturday, but those 3 were probably longer.

Not that this is a competition...but I've probably got you beat on greatest liftserved vertical also. :mrgreen:
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby jamesdeluxe » Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:48 am

At a little over 100 vertical feet, mine may not be the smallest, but I win for having a video of me skiing East Hill, NY -- and trying to milk as many turns as possible on a bad hip.
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby Patrick » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:52 am

jamesdeluxe wrote:but I win for having a video of me skiing

On snow you mean? Because glass skiing is recognized by the FIS. http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/disciplines/grasssking/

For snow, maybe there is footage of me on those old 8mm films that I brought from my mom's? :-k
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby jamesdeluxe » Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:18 am

Patrick wrote:For snow, maybe there is footage of me on those old 8mm films that I brought from my mom's? :-k

Bring it on. Until you produce said footage, all these claims about actually skiing 50-foot hills are bollocks.
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby Marc_C » Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:40 am

Patrick wrote:On snow you mean? Because glass skiing is recognized by the FIS.

Isn't that really painful if you fall?
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby Marc_C » Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:46 am

I haven't skied at 4000 different areas like some here, so my smallest are generally considered "big" mountains - Attitash, Sunday River, Magic Mtn., Brighton - all in that 1700' realm.

What about big mountains that ski like they're really small?
Sunday River
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby jamesdeluxe » Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:52 am

Marc_C wrote:Brighton

Brighton is known for having a great lift-accessed backside. How does that ski (big or small) compared to the front side?
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby Patrick » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:16 am

jamesdeluxe wrote:
Patrick wrote:For snow, maybe there is footage of me on those old 8mm films that I brought from my mom's? :-k

Bring it on. Until you produce said footage, all these claims about actually skiing 50-foot hills are bollocks.
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What pics don't count? :shock: I also have pics from Mont Laval. I would have been in 1st or 2nd grade.

Marc_C wrote:
Patrick wrote:On snow you mean? Because glass skiing is recognized by the FIS.

Isn't that really painful if you fall?


If you fall, you end up looking like this guy.

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So you make sure that you don't fall.

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