SI Vault
Nancy Pierce
November 25, 1963
A guide to ski resorts in the Midwest that are open for the first time and to existing areas that have added major new facilities. Listed after each area are the person and number (with area code) to call for further information.
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November 25, 1963

New Ski Facilities

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Boston Mills, Peninsula: Another newcomer, Boston Mills has three T bars, and eight rope tows servicing two beginner, four intermediate and two advanced slopes. Snow-making equipment covers all but one of the slopes, and night skiing is offered until 11 p.m. Other facilities include a lodge with cafeteria, a ski shop with rentals and a nine-acre parking lot to accommodate 1,000 cars. Former Sun Valley Instructor Norbert Fischer heads the ski school. Telephone Tom Kelsey (216-657-2334).

Brandywine, Northfield: With 65 acres cleared for skiing this new development's uphill facilities are two T bars, both 1,100 feet long, and two rope tows. There are six trails, the longest 2,200 feet, and two open slopes, one for beginners. Night skiing is available from 6 to 11 p.m., and snow-making equipment covers the entire area. The base lodge has a cafeteria and a ski shop with rentals. Ferdl Astor is the director o the Austrian ski school. Telephone Harold Stoneman (216-BEdford 2-1533).

Clear Fork valley, Butler: A new area, it is built on a semicircle of hills with a 2,550-foot double chair lift, a T bar, J bar and a rope tow servicing four open slopes and three trails. There is a lodge with two bars, a cafeteria and a ski shop with rentals. Snow-making equipment covers the entire 40 acres, and night skiing is offered over 80% of the area until 10 p.m. Austrian Arno Erath directs the ski school. Telephone Frank Black (419-883-2000).

Snow Trails, Mansfield: Starting its third year of operation, the area has added two T bars, a new slope and snow-making equipment to cover its entire 40 acres. The lodge has also been expanded and now has three lounges and a cafeteria (open only on weekends). Telephone Roxy Falde (419-522-7393).

Valley High, Bellefontaine: A new double chair lift has been installed, and a 2,000-foot long expert trail has been cut through the woods. The lodge porch was enclosed, and an outdoor skating rink has been added. Telephone Royce Asher (513-593-2811).

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