NewEnglandSkiHistory.com
CT
|
Maine
|
Massachusetts
|
New Hampshire
|
RI
|
Vermont
SkiNewEngland.net
 
Amesbury circa the late 1970s
Atlantic Forests
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1940s
Last Season:1991-92
Vertical Drop:330 feet
Standing Lifts:0
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: Amesbury circa the late 1970s
Recent NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News:
Located just south of the New Hampshire border, 331 foot Powwow Hill was home to lift served skiing for nearly half a century.

The earliest known reference to lift served skiing is from the 1946-47 season, in which a floodlighted, tow-served slope was open. It is not known if this was on Powwow Hill, or if this was a reference to Lone Tree Hill (which later became home to the New England Sports Park tubing hill).

Locke's Hill

An updated photo of Locke's Hill
An updated photo of Locke's Hill

By the time the 1948-49 season rolled around, Everett Locke had three rope tows operating on Powwow Hill, boasting improved night skiing lighting. In addition, there are references at the time of a new 'hill' being used. An early 1950 Boston Globe article refers to "two hills, side-by-side, each with its own tow set up, and both good medium length runs."

The popularity of the area grew, drawing more than 1,000 skiers on a single day in 1951. A new parking lot has recently been added, as well as "music to ski by."

At the start of the 1952-53 season, the Boston Globe referred to Locke's Hill as "the North Conway of northeastern Massachusetts, because of its perfectly groomed slopes, and the long run from the top." Allie Gray was listed as the manager in 1952-53 and Don Langeley in 1953-54.

Keeping up with its reputation for smooth skiing, a new snow cat was purchased for the 1957-58 season.

Amesbury Ski Tows

In December of 1961, Amesbury Ski Tows, Inc. and Locke Realty, Inc. were incorporated. In January of 1962, Everett Locke sold the ski area to Locke Realty, Inc. In a related transaction later in the year, Joseph Deschenes was listed as the President of Locke Realty. Deschenes was also known as "Donnie."

The area was still advertised in some places as Locke's Hill during the 1962-63 season, featuring 4 tows. Moving forward, however, it took the name of Amesbury Ski Tows.

By the time 1965 rolled around, Amesbury had grown to 6 tows.

For the 1968-69 season, two Pomalifts were installed at the ski area.

Snowmaking reportedly was installed at the area for the devastating 1979-80 season.

Atlantic Forests

During the 1986-87 season, Amesbury saw its name changed to Atlantic Forests. Deschenes's Amesbury Ski Tows, Inc. and Lockes Realty were dissolved in March 1987, whilst David Marcus's Atlantic Forests Ski Area, Inc. was incorporated in April.

During the late 1980s, Atlantic Forests advertised 5 trails, serviced by 3 lifts and 80 percent snowmaking coverage.

Atlantic Forests continued to operate into the 1991-92 season. There are no known references to operation in 1992-93. By the time 1994-95 rolled around, the ski area was listed in an article about local operations that had fallen by wayside.

In subsequent years, housing has been developed on portions of the old ski area.

Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
Pomalift

Platter

-
Pomalift
Poma
Platter
1968-69
-
Pomalift
Poma
Platter
1968-69
-

Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1991-92$16.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$16.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph1990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$14.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price Graph1989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$14.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1962-63$2.501962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 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 201948-49 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"I learned how to ski here in 1982. Made the front page of the Daily News with my red plastic skis on at the age of two. Skied this hill till they closed. My mom worked in the office at night and we skied. My uncle Tony Wallaga was ski patrol. I have so many memories on this hill. I wished I could have shared them with my children here as well. "
Amy LeBlanc, Mar. 2, 2017
Add a memory of Atlantic Forests
First Name:
Last Name:
E-Mail Address:
Comments:



External Links
  • Atlantic Forest - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Last updated: May 13, 2016

    Also on NewEnglandSkiHistory.com...
    The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain?
    The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain?
    A grand hotel in northern New Hampshire
    A grand hotel in northern New Hampshire
    Taking the New England ski industry by storm - fan guns
    Taking the New England ski industry by storm - fan guns
    A ski area built on Massachusetts' highest peak that never opened...
    A ski area built on Massachusetts' highest peak that never opened...
    Will Tenney's lifts spin again?
    Will Tenney's lifts spin again?
    A 5,000 acre resort with a tram and monorail?  Almost.
    A 5,000 acre resort with a tram and monorail? Almost.
       CCC Trails    Cancelled Ski Areas    Expansions    Lifts    Management    Maps    News    Then and Now    Timelines    Topics    In The Press    Links    Site Map    What's New    Feedback

    Copyright 2002-2017, All Rights Reserved.