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The double chair (2006)
Otis Ridge
Otis, Massachusetts
Status: Open
First Season:1946-47
Vertical Drop:400 feet
Standing Lifts:1 double, surface lifts
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: The double chair (2006)
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Located in southwestern Massachusetts, Otis Ridge has a long history in developing young ski racers.

The Judsons Start a Ski Area

Writers David Judson and Mary Hooker Woodward married in 1936. After a skiing honeymoon in South America, the Judsons settled in Old Lyme, Connecticut and ran the The Connecticut Shore. Just prior to World War II, the couple relocated to Otis, Massachusetts.

Following his service in the 10th Mountain Division in Italy, Judson returned to Massachusetts and started Otis Ridge. David would manage the ski area while Hooker ran the Otis Ridge Ski Camp.

Otis Ridge opened in early January of 1947 with the expert Ridge Run trail, served by tiered rope tows. For the following season, the novice Meadow slope and rope tow area added.

For 1948-49, Otis Ridge operated on weekends with three trails and the Meadow slope. The Otis Ridge Ski Camp also made its debut this season.

Otis Ridge made regional headlines in April of 1950, when David Judson staged what he called the world's first trout slalom. Following a 10" snow storm, kids skied down a slalom course, then raced to catch the first trout, using their ski poles.

Makeshift snowmaking operations commenced at Otis Ridge circa 1954, initially in the firm of ice chipping. A proper Larchmont system was installed for the 1960-61 season.

For 1956-57, Otis Ridge installed its first non-rope-tow surface lift, making it a "major area" at the time. The top to bottom Poma lift was installed near where the present day chairlift is located.

Otis Ridge worked to appeal more to beginners and intermediates for the 1958-59 season. In addition to reworking the Dutchman Trail and enlarging the ski school slope, it installed a new J-bar next to the former and a new rope tow on the latter.

Otis Ridge in the 1960s
Otis Ridge in the 1960s

The late 1940s rope tow adjacent to Ridge Run was replaced in 1962-63 with a T-Bar, leaving Otis with a variety of surface lift types (rope tows, J-Bar, T-Bar, and Poma lift).

The Grouse House was built circa 1968, allowing for multi-day skiers to rent a bunk at a reasonable cost.

New Ownership

The Dutchman trail in 2016
The Dutchman trail in 2016

As was the case throughout most of New England, rough winters in the 1970s and early 1980s hit Otis Ridge hard. Foreclosure hit during the winter of 1981-82, resulting in the ski area ending up in the hands of R.S.M. Management, Inc.

For the 1982-83 season, a double chairlift was installed, replacing the aging Poma lift.

In May of 1987, R.S.M. Management, Inc. sold Otis Ridge to Otis Associates, Inc. for $470,000.

In 1992, manager Alden "Al" Hewett was fired from his job as New Hartford police officer, following accusations of sexual abuse of a male minor in the 1980s. Members of the community came to his defense. Hewett remained at Otis Ridge.

Nearly a decade and a half later, new charges of sexual abuse emerged. In April of 2008, Al Hewett (who sometimes used the name Al Hewitt) was convicted of raping a boy in Otis during the 1990s. Hewett was sentenced to 15 to 20 years in jail. Part owner Jamie Carr has since taken over as General Manager of the ski area.

On January 6, 2011, Ski Butternut General Manager Jeff Murdock formed Stoney Management LLC. In March, Otis Ridge took out a second mortgage for $350,000 with Stoney Management.

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Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
February80%    (2 reports)80 Open
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Image Gallery
1953-54 Eastern Ski Map1956-57 Eastern Ski Map1957-58 Eastern Ski Map1959-60 Eastern Ski Map1960-61 Eastern Ski Map1962-63 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The Double Chair in 2002
Double Chair
Poma
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1982-83
The T-Bar bottom terminal in 2002
T-Bar
Doppelmayr
T-Bar
1962-63

Past Lifts
Seasons
The remains of the J-Bar in 2002
J-Bar
Griffen
J-Bar
1958-59
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Poma

Platter
1956-57
-
1981-82

Maps
1962-63 Otis Ridge Trail Map1963-64 Otis Ridge Trail Map1964-65 Otis Ridge Trail Map1968-69 Otis Ridge Trail Map1970-71 Otis Ridge Trail Map1974-75 Otis Ridge 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
2017-182017-18 Ticket Price Graph$220.002017-18 Season Pass Price Graph2017-18 Skier Visit Graph
2016-17$40.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$220.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph5.5 daysDecember 17March 252016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$40.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$220.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph5.5 daysDecember 12March 132015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$35.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$220.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph6.3 daysDecember 13March 292014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$35.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$220.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph6.3 daysDecember 14March 222013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$30.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$200.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph6.7 daysDecember 15March 172012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$30.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$200.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph6.7 daysDecember 17March 112011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$30.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$220.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph7.3 daysDecember 182010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$30.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$220.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph7.3 daysMarch 202009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$30.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$220.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph7.3 days2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$30.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$200.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph6.7 days2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$30.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$200.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph6.7 days2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$30.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$200.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph6.7 days2005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$29.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$200.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph6.9 days2004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$25.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$200.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph8.0 days2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$25.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$200.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph8.0 days2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$24.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$200.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph8.3 days2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$22.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph$200.002000-01 Season Pass Price Graph9.1 days2000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$20.001999-00 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$20.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price Graph1998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$20.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price Graph1996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$22.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$22.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$29.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph1990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$20.001989-90 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$20.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$18.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1985-86$15.001985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price Graph1985-86 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$13.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph1984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$13.001983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price Graph1983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$12.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price Graph1982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$12.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph1981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$10.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price Graph1980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1974-751974-75 Ticket Price Graph$90.001974-75 Season Pass Price Graph1974-75 Skier Visit Graph
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
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$4.501968-69 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
1964-65$4.001964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$4.001963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$4.001962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph
1961-621961-62 Ticket Price Graph1961-62 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 22April 11961-62 Skier Visit Graph
1959-60$3.501959-60 Ticket Price Graph1959-60 Season Pass Price Graph1959-60 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"I will always have fond memories of Otis, as it is where I started my career in the ski business. I started out as a part-time cross-country instructor and helped out occasionally on the alpine side. The next year I also worked part-time but mostly taught alpine lessons. I worked fulltime the next two years, during which I received my PSIA alpine certification. Those years were a lot of fun, and I did nearly every job on the mountain. I, along with a great and motivated ski school staff, had the pleasure of teaching Jamie Carr how to ski. She started from a never-ever, sometimes taking two lessons a day. There were also many nights in the Grouse House for apre' ski, some that were then and more so now, a blur. It was a great start to the ski business and, even after 40 years, I can still say that I'm still looking for a 'real' job."
John Cossaboom, Nov. 14, 2013
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  • Last updated: August 16, 2016

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