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Klein Innsbruck aerial from the 1970s
Klein Innsbruck
Franklin, Massachusetts
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1967-68
Last Season:1999-00
Vertical Drop:200 feet
Standing Lifts:0
Past Lifts:2 doubles, surface lift
Left: Klein Innsbruck aerial from the 1970s
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A small ski area in southeastern Massachusetts, Klein Innsbruck provided local skiers a facility with chairlifts, snowmaking, and night skiing for three decades. Located on the northeastern face of Oak Hill, the lower portion of the ski area has since been redeveloped into senior housing.

The former base lodge location in 2014
The former base lodge location in 2014

Klein Innsbruck Opens

Rhode Islander Stanley Marszalkowski began laying the groundwork for Klein Innsbruck in the mid 1960s, originally planning to install a double chairlift in 1967. The area likely opened either in February of 1968 or the following winter, with a half dozen trails, snowmaking, and most likely night skiing. To this day, Klein Innsbruck is one of the last new chairlift served ski areas to be built in Massachusetts.

A second, slightly shorter Hall chairlift was installed for the 1972-73 season. Unfortunately for Klein Innsbruck, the energy crisis reaped havoc on the ski area, as gas and snow shortages coincided.

With financial issues looming, starting in 1982-83, Klein Innsbruck leased out the main lodge lounge to Paxton, Inc. for a few seasons.

Klein Innsbruck attempted to diversify in the mid 1990s, with Kenneth Leavitt's Whitewater Mountain Resorts intending to build a water park. By 1995, the deal was off, amid strong local opposition. The company would instead buy Powder Ridge in Connecticut, where its four season plans also failed to gain local support.

Closure and Redevelopment

The former Right Chair lift line in 2014
The former Right Chair lift line in 2014

While Klein Innsbruck continued to operate for the balance of the decade, financial pressures would soon overtake it. The area ceased operations in February of 2000.

On May 30, 2000, Klein Innsbruck was sold to Marinella Development LLC for $1.175 million. Later in the 2000s, construction started on the 114 unit The Villages at Oak Hill. Both chairlifts were removed, as well as the main lodge. In addition, the lower slopes were blasted to make for a level building surface. Franklin Mews, LLC took over development of the complex in early 2012.

With the facilities gone, development taking up the lower slopes, and 25 other acres being put into preservation, it is unlikely that Klein Innsbruck ski area will ever reopen.

Image Gallery
Klein Innsbruck Aerial Imagery, 1995 vs. 2009
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Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
Left
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1967-68
-
2000s
Right
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1972-73
-
2000s

Maps
1974-75 Klein Innsbruck Trail Map1983-84 Klein Innsbruck Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1983-84$15.001983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price Graph1983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1971-72$6.001971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$6.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$6.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"My late father was a ski patroller there for several years. I grew up skiing there at least once a week, from being held between my dads legs to going down the 'black diamond'.. good memories."
Tim Daneau, Mar. 21, 2016
"my dad worked as ski patrol and unfortunately it closed before the year I was even born. He told me he had a great time working for ski patrol."
Popo , Apr. 19, 2015
"My dad would take me here if blue hills was iced out. Some great memories."
joey Kolbe, Feb. 26, 2015
"In 1973 and 1974, my high school buddies and I would take advantage of any half days of school ofr snow days and ski Kein Innsbruck. It was a short easy drive from Taunton. I was a novice at best but always enjoyed myself. I moved out of Massachusetss at the end of 1989 and only recently learned of the closing. Many good memories."
Larry Pratt, Jan. 25, 2015
"Friday night skiing was the jump off in jr. high and high school."
Andrew Drowne, Sep. 22, 2014
"My parents would take me to Klein Innsbruck Ski Area in the summer months as we never did ski. I can remember running up and down the slopes with my brother. We had a blast."
Paula Liberty, Aug. 14, 2014
"When I was in elementary school, a group of friends and I would go night skiing every Friday night. Those were some good times. Not sure why we stopped going there. Might make a quick stop by this weekend."
Charlie Zrike, Feb. 27, 2014
"Last place I skied in Ma. It was snowing like crazy that day and the place was nearly deserted. What a great time I had."
Bill Chace, May. 13, 2013
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External Links
  • Klein Innsbruck Ski Area - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Last updated: November 6, 2016

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