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The base area (2014)
Mt. Southington
Southington, Connecticut
Status: Open
First Season:1964-65
Vertical Drop:425 feet
Standing Lifts:2 triples, 2 doubles, surface lifts
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: The base area (2014)
Recent NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News:
1/19/2016: Multiple Ski Areas Now 100% Open
7/11/2014: Mt. Southington's General Manager Retire...
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Located between Bristol, Waterbury, and New Britain, Mt. Southington is a popular local ski area.

Early Surface Lift Years

The base area (1970s)
The base area (1970s)

Circa the early 1960s, Dr. Harold Richman and his wife were inspired to start a local ski area after a trip to Vermont. Soon thereafter, the Richman and Palmisano families pulled together a group of investors to purchase a dairy farm and construct a ski area on it.

Mt. Southington debuted as a 300 vertical foot surface lift area on December 10, 1964, managed by Walter Avre. Initial offerings included two T-Bars, multiple rope tows, snowmaking, and night skiing. A third T-Bar was added for the 1965-66 season.

Upper Mountain Expansion

Mt. Southington circa the 1970s
Mt. Southington circa the 1970s

After three years of operating with the lower slopes, Southington began its expansion upward in 1967 by cutting five new trails. While a chairlift line was surveyed at the time, the upper mountain was served by a rope tow for the 1967-68 and 1968-69 seasons.

The Avalanche double chairlift was installed for the 1969-70 season, giving the mountain its first top to bottom lift.

Southington's next expansion build up took place in the late 1970s, starting with the installation of a J-Bar for the 1977-78 season. The following year, Mt. Southington's first triple chairlift, Stardust, was installed, giving the mountain its second top to bottom lift.

The 1980s were spent improving trails and snowmaking infrastructure.

Lift improvements resumed in the 2000s, as the Avalanche double was rebuilt and the Northstar double chairlift and Thunderbolt double chairlift were installed.

By the mid 2010s, all of Mt. Southington's trails were lit for night skiing, while the area also featured 100% snowmaking with a 1,800 gallon per minute system served by a million gallon reservoir.

NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Recent Conditions Reports
Dec. 13, 2014 by rocket21
Spring Snow, Spring Snow
Mt. Southington on NewEnglandSkiConditions.com

NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
Recent Articles
Multiple Ski Areas Now 100% Open - Jan. 19, 2016
Mt. Southington's General Manager Retires - Jul. 11, 2014
Mt. Southington NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page

Image Gallery
December 7, 1964 Meriden JournalDecember 1, 1965 Meriden Morning RecordNovember 15, 1966 Meriden Morning Journal1967-68 Eastern Ski Map1971-72 Eastern Ski MapDecember 16, 1982 Norwalk Hour
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The lift line circa the 1970s
Avalanche Double
Hall-Partek
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1969-70
The bottom terminal (2014)
Northstar Double
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
2001-02
The bottom terminal (2014)
Stardust Triple
Borvig-Partek
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1978-79
The Thunderbolt Triple circa 2009
Thunderbolt Triple
Partek
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
2009-10

Past Lifts
Seasons
The #1 T-Bar (left) circa 1967
#1 T-Bar
Doppelmayr
T-Bar
1965-66
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1990s
The lift line circa the 1970s
#4 T-Bar
Doppelmayr
T-Bar
1964-65
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2008-09
The #5 T-Bar (right) in 2003
#5 T-Bar
Doppelmayr
T-Bar
1964-65
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2008-09
J-Bar

J-Bar
1977-78
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2000-01

Maps
1970-71 Mt. Southington Trail Map1974-75 Mt. Southington trail map1979-80 Mt. Southington trail map1999-00 Mt. Southington Trail Map2010-11 Mt. Southington Trail Map2011-12 Mt. Southington 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
2017-18$59.002017-18 Ticket Price Graph$580.002017-18 Season Pass Price Graph9.8 days2017-18 Skier Visit Graph
2016-17$58.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$560.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph9.7 daysDecember 17March 262016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$58.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$560.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph9.7 daysJanuary 5March 112015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$56.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$550.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph9.8 daysDecember 7March 292014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$55.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$550.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 daysDecember 1March 292013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$54.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$540.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 daysDecember 30March 302012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$53.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$540.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph10.2 daysDecember 20March 112011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$52.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$535.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph10.3 days2010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$50.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$535.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph10.7 days2009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$48.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$535.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph11.1 days2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$44.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$524.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph11.9 days2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$42.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$499.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph11.9 days2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$37.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$469.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph12.7 days2005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$35.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$459.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph13.1 days2004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$32.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$449.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph14.0 days2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$30.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$439.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph14.6 days2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$30.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$429.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph14.3 days2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$30.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph$389.002000-01 Season Pass Price Graph13.0 days2000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$29.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price Graph1999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-99$28.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price Graph1998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1995-961995-96 Ticket Price Graph1995-96 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 91995-96 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$26.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$26.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$24.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph$400.001989-90 Season Pass Price Graph16.7 days1989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$23.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$22.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph100,0001987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-87$20.001986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph1986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1985-86$19.001985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price Graph1985-86 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$17.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph1984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1982-831982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 161982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$12.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price GraphFebruary 181980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$12.001979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price Graph1979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$10.501978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$9.501977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-771976-77 Ticket Price Graph$160.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1974-751974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 271974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$6.501970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$6.501969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph29,0001969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$4.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$4.501967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1966-67$4.501966-67 Ticket Price Graph1966-67 Season Pass Price Graph21,8711966-67 Skier Visit Graph
1965-661965-66 Ticket Price Graph1965-66 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 221965-66 Skier Visit Graph
1964-651964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph18,0001964-65 Skier Visit Graph

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  • Last updated: February 12, 2017

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