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Mohawk Mountain (2007)
Mohawk Mountain
Cornwall, Connecticut
Status: Open
First Season:1947-48
Vertical Drop:650 feet
Standing Lifts:5 triples, surface lifts
Past Lifts:4 doubles, surface lifts
Left: Mohawk Mountain (2007)
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Located in the northwestern part of the state, Mohawk Mountain has been the cornerstone of the Connecticut ski industry for over half a century.

Mohawk Ski Trail

Downhill skiing on Mohawk Mountain may date back to 1937 or 1939, when the Connecticut Winter Sports Association reportedly cut an alpine ski trail in cooperation with the State Forest Department. It is not known if the trail was maintained during World War II, but some press accounts suggest it may have been in a state of disuse by the middle of the 1940s.

Surface Lift Era

Walt's spirit lives on (2014)
Walt's spirit lives on (2014)

Lift served ski development at Mohawk Mountain dates back to February of 1947, when Walt Schoenknecht, his wife, and father started developing a ski area around the Mohawk ski trail on land leased from the state. Initially a $45,000 investment, Mohawk was instantly one of the larger ski areas in New England when it opened in 1947-48, featuring half a dozen rope tows serving nearly 600 vertical feet of terrain.

Early Experiments in Snowmaking

While the ski area was initially successful, a snow drought in the winter of 1949-50 brought operations to a halt. Ever the creative thinker, Walt brought in countless truckloads of ice and used a massive chipper to create a snow surface, which allowed the area to open on one slope, served by multiple rope tows. At the same time, he was also taking part in preliminary experiments compressed air snowmaking. Further work was done in the fall of 1950 with Larchmont Engineering equipment at Mohawk. By the time the 1950-51 season rolled around, the new snowmaking system was advertised regionally.

Mt. Snow and Chairlifts

The Mohawk Double circa the 1960s
The Mohawk Double circa the 1960s

A couple of years later, Walt set his sights on developing a mega ski area on Mount Snow. In 1958, preparations began for a future chairlift installation at Mohawk. Connecticut's first chairlift was installed at Mohawk for the 1960-61 season, as well as expanded snowmaking. Future Butternut developer Channing Murdock took over day to day operations of Mohawk. Two more chairlifts were installed by the end of the decade, cementing Mohawk's status as the largest ski area in the state.

After losing ownership control of Mount Snow, Walt's focus returned to Mohawk in the early to mid 1970s. Later that decade, Mohawk installed its first triple chairlift, the Boulder Triple.

The 1980s brought sadness to Mohawk, starting in the early part of the decade when Walt began to fight cancer. His daughter Carol Lugar returned to the area she grew up at, and helped him manage it. Walt passed away prior to the start of the 1987-88 season.

Tornado

As the clocks at the mountain struck 4:37 on the afternoon of July 10, 1989, an F4 tornado ripped through Mohawk, leaving $1.5 to $2 million in damage. Pieces of the ski area were later found scattered miles away. Initial industry analysis was that the ski area would not be able to open for at least a year, if ever. However, with the help of ski areas across the country, Mohawk was able to rebuild in time to open for the 1989-90 season. Nonetheless, the financial impact would affect Mohawk for years.

Night Skiing Starts

Despite being located near a large population base, Mohawk Mountain operated as a day-only ski area for decades, in part due to the desire to avoid an alcohol fueled party atmosphere that plagued other ski areas at the time. Feeling confident that it could avoid that in an era that was "more socially conscious," Mohawk added night skiing for the 1991-92 season, in part to help pay off tornado related debt.

Modernization

The Deer Run Triple passing over the original Pine Lodge (2014)
The Deer Run Triple passing over the original Pine Lodge (2014)

A major lift infrastructure initiative took place starting in the 2000s, resulting in the installation of four triple chairlifts. Mohawk's last double chairlift, the Arrow Head Double, was replaced in 2013 with the Arrowhead Triple.

With growing demand for more base facilities, Mohawk constructed major lodge expansion in 2015 which doubled seating capacity.

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Image Gallery
February 22, 1977 Norwalk HourDecember 22, 1977 Norwalk HourMohawk Mountain Aerial Imagery, 1991 vs. 2012
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The Arrowhead Triple installation in 2013
Arrowhead Triple
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
2013-14
The Boulder Triple in 2007
Boulder Triple
Hall
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1978-79
Deer Run Triple installation in 2010
Deer Run Triple
Poma
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
2010-11
The bottom terminal (2014)
Mohawk Triple
CTEC
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
2008-09
The Nutmeg Triple installation in 2010
Nutmeg Triple
Partek
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
2010-11

Past Lifts
Seasons
The Arrowhead Double in 2007
Arrow Head Double
Carlevaro & Savio
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1969-70
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2012-13
Deer Run Double
Carlevaro & Savio-Borvig
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1987-88
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2009-10
The Mohawk Double in 2007
Mohawk Double
Carlevaro & Savio-Borvig
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1960-61
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2007-08
Mohawk Poma

Platter
1969-70
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1980s
The Nutmeg Double in 2007
Nutmeg Double
Cosmos-Carlevaro & Savio-Borvig-Partek
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1965-66
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2009-10

Maps
1974-75 Mohawk Mountain Trail Map1978-79 Mohawk Mountain Trail Map1983-84 Mohawk Mountain Trail Map1987-88 Mohawk Mountain Trail Map2006-07 Mohawk Mountain Trail Map2009-10 Mohawk Mountain Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2016-17$62.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$639.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph10.3 daysDecember 172016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$60.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$639.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph10.7 daysJanuary 2March 132015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$60.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$639.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph10.7 daysNovember 28March 292014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$58.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$619.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph10.7 daysNovember 29March 302013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$56.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$619.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph11.1 daysDecember 15March 302012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$54.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$619.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph11.5 daysDecember 17March 112011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$52.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph2010-11 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 11March 272010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$50.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$599.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph12.0 daysDecember 12March 282009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$50.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$599.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph12.0 days2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$47.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$599.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph12.7 days2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$45.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$599.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph13.3 days2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$42.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$599.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph14.3 days2005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$42.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$660.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph15.7 days2004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$39.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$690.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph17.7 days2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$37.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$690.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph18.6 days2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$35.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph2001-02 Season Pass Price Graph2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$32.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph$650.002000-01 Season Pass Price Graph20.3 days2000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$30.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph$605.001999-00 Season Pass Price Graph20.2 days1999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1995-96$25.001995-96 Ticket Price Graph1995-96 Season Pass Price Graph1995-96 Skier Visit Graph
1994-95$32.001994-95 Ticket Price Graph1994-95 Season Pass Price Graph1994-95 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$29.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price GraphApril 81992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$30.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$28.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 241989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$25.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$24.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-87$23.001986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph1986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$18.501984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph1984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$17.501983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 251983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$17.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price Graph1982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$15.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph1981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$13.501980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price Graph1980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$12.501979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 221979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$11.501978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$10.501977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$10.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph1976-77 Season Pass Price Graph1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1974-75$8.501974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 211974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$6.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$5.501967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1966-67$5.501966-67 Ticket Price Graph1966-67 Season Pass Price Graph1966-67 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$5.501964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$5.501963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1959-60$2.501959-60 Ticket Price Graph1959-60 Season Pass Price Graph1959-60 Skier Visit Graph
1940s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1948-491948-49 Ticket Price Graph1948-49 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 21948-49 Skier Visit Graph
1947-48$2.001947-48 Ticket Price Graph1947-48 Season Pass Price Graph1947-48 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"I started working at Mohawk the first year it opened. I was 14 and madeSandwiches and helped in the kitchen. I worked there all through highSchool to get spending money. I loved it. "
Suzanne Hedden williams, May. 12, 2016
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External Links
  • Mohawk Mountain - official site
  • 1989 Tornado - Cornwall Historical Society
  • Last updated: May 12, 2016

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