It’s Christmas Eve, 1949, and Boston Globe skiing columnist Pat Harty has news of seven new winter sports development areas opening in Massachusetts.
Hardy’s “Stem Turns” column gave the details from that winter’s Massachusetts Ski Guide, which listed 68 areas dedicated to skiing use in the commonwealth.
Among the newbies was the new Blue Hills area, complete with a floodlighted 2,100-foot trail for night use. Those seeing improvements included Jiminy Peak, which offered the only T-bar lift in the state, along with three new rope tows. Catamount, in South Egremont, added to its massive arsenal to enter the winter with 11 tows, the “largest rope tow haulage in the East.”
There also were new tow setups to inspect closer to Boston, including the Chestnut Hill Farm in West Newbury, Sea View Ski Area in Rowley, Tempo G Ski Tows in Amesbury (“just alongside the well-known Lockes Hill”), and the Whipernon Club in Russell.