Skiing in the Catskill Region

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Arriving by train to Phoenicia, New York, in the mid-1930s, downhill skiers first discovered the snowy trails of Simpson Ski Slope. Soon after, many Borscht Belt hotels were offering skiing and skating as ways to fill rooms during cold winter months when crowds thinned. In the high central Catskills, where abundant snowfall was a big draw, many abandoned rooming houses were commandeered to serve as base lodges for fledgling ski areas. In addition to farming and logging, skiing became an important industry to the area. People found steady employment in dozens of new areas sprouting all over the mountains. Downhill skiing is just part of the region's history. Ski jumping, racing, ski clubs, fashion, and colorful personalities were all part of the experience.
ISBN: 9781467120548
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of Sports
Images: 199
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
George V. Quinn comes from a skiing family and has authored a book on winter sports in the Catskills with a special focus on local backcountry skiing. He has collected many photographs since beginning to ski in the mid-1950s and remembers many of the small ski areas and their rise and their sometimes demise. Skiing in the Catskill Region shows many aspects of skiing as well as a special section for ski areas that are gone but not forgotten.
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