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Brodie Mountain during its heyday
Brodie Mountain Ski Area
New Ashford, Massachusetts
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1940-41
Last Season:2001-02
Vertical Drop:1250 feet
Standing Lifts:0
Past Lifts:4 doubles, surface lifts
Left: Brodie Mountain during its heyday
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Located in the shadow of Mt. Greylock, 2,608 foot Brodie Mountain was once a well-known New England ski destination. The geological name of the mountain may be Gaelic for "a little ridge."

Early Years

Brodie Mountain's skiing history dates back to the 1934-35 season, when the 1.1 mile, 930 vertical foot Brodie Mountain Trail debuted. Described as novice except in fast snow conditions, the trail was 8 to 12 feet wide. The first competition on the trail was held on New Year's Day of 1935, when Joseph Aspinwall won the Eastern Amateur Ski Association open novice race.

By the end of the decade, Brodie was home to a ski jump and night skiing.

Lift service on Brodie Mountain likely started when a 1,100 foot rope tow was installed by Gregory "Mad Russian" Makaroff for the 1940-41 season. A beginner rope tow was likely added for the 1941-42 season. The area continued to operate as the United States entered World War II, with some ticket proceeds being donated to the effort.

Meanwhile, according to Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires, a small area called Brodie Mountain Sports Center opened adjacent to Makaroff's during the 1940-41 season, leading a lawsuit being filed over the similar name and loss of customers. Makaroff eventually prevailed and the rival ski area shut down following its second season.

Following the war, an up-and-coming ski entrepreneur named Walter Schoenknecht leased Brodie from Makaroff for the 1946-47 season before heading south to open Mohawk Mountain in 1947. The area may have operated for one final season thereafter. Dealing with health issues, Makaroff moved to Montana, refusing to sell his Brodie property for any less than $35,000. Makaroff died at the age of 58 at veterans' hospital in Oregon, leaving his estate in limbo. Reports of a will in a missing briefcase gave way to negotiations with the USSR to obtain power of attorney from Makaroff's siblings.

The land eventually ended up in the hands of John Kelly, owner Kelly Hardwood. In 1963, the Federal government declared Brodie to be one of three ideal locations for a commercial ski development in Massachusetts.

A Second Round

Night skiing at Brodie
Night skiing at Brodie

John Kelly's son Jim scouted out locations for ski trails in early 1964, seeking the counsel of regional ski experts such as John Hitchcock and Sel Hannah. Trail clearing commenced on April 28, 1964, followed by the installation of two Stadeli lifts and 360 lights for night skiing.

After being closed for over a decade, Brodie reopened in 1964-65 with five trails and an 850 foot vertical drop. The three-story base lodge included a nursey and lounge on the first floor, a second floor cafeteria, a third floor bar. In conjunction with night skiing (with lights consuming nearly half a megawatt of power), the large Blarney Room pub quickly became a happening place. A December 12 open house attracted 5,000 visitors, some dancing until midnight.

The natural snowfall wasn't abundant, however, as December saw only limited surface lift operations. As the mild winter dragged on, Kelly had to get creative. That February, he used his logging trucks to haul snow from nearby Berkshire Hills Country Club to cover the slopes in time for President's Week.

For the second season, a new trail called Ryan's Express was cut. More importantly, a massive snowmaking system was installed, covering 90 percent of the terrain. The improvements paid off, as Brodie reported a 20% increase in business that season. Thanks to natural and manmade snow, the season extended into April of 1966.

Two new trails debuted for the 1966-67 season, named JFK and Mickey's Chute. The intermediate JFK quickly became one of the most popular trails on the mountain. With 7 miles of trails open at night, Brodie now billed itself as the largest night skiing facility in the world.

Expanding to the Summit

The Blarney Room circa the early 1970s
The Blarney Room circa the early 1970s

The ski area expanded to the summit in 1967, giving it the largest vertical drop in Southern New England. Along with the new T-Bar, 4 new trails opened. Thanks to snowmaking and decent weather, Brodie would operate for 145 consecutive days and nights.

Chairlift service extended to the summit for the 1968-69 season with the installation of Dot's Lift. Named after Jim Kelly's wife, the new 5,600 foot Borvig double was advertised as the longest and highest chairlift in the state. In addition to the chairlift, the famous Tipperary beginner trail was added.

Brodie made headlines at the start of the 1969-70 season when Johnny Cash filmed scenes for a made for television movie "Trail of Tears" at the ski area. Brodie was chosen for its ability to simulate a blizzard with its snowmaking system. In addition, the snowmaking system resulted in Brodie's first October opening, making it an early season force to be reckoned with for years to come. Meanwhile, a new cafeteria was added at the base of Dot's Lift and bubbles were installed on select chairs. Later that season, Ted Kennedy made a splash by visiting Brodie in conjunction with the start of his Senate re-election campaign. The Berkshire Eagle noted that he was 75 minutes to the scheduled lunch event and departed early to hit the slopes.

Matt's Chair circa the 1970s
Matt's Chair circa the 1970s

John Kelly passed away in May 1970 at the age of 64.

George West was named ski school director in June 1970, replacing William McConnell.

A new double chairlift was installed on Harp's Hump for the 1970-71 season, replacing the original novice T-Bar. The lift was named Matt's Chair after Kelly's oldest son, with Kelly announcing plans to have a lift named after each of his children by the time the ski area was fully build out. The new lift better positioned Brodie for early season skiing, particularly as it was competing with Killington's then-early-season novice Snowshed snowmaking.

With 1970-71 resulting in a 30% increase in business, Kelly began to plan for the future. Among the items he was looking at were a 100-room hotel and convention center, expand snowmaking, night skiing from the summit, and another double chairlift.

Lights were installed on the JFK trail for the 1971-72 season, while additional bubbles were installed on Dot's Lift. Tom Varanka was named ski school director.

Despite a rough 1971-72 season, investment continued, as Brodie purchased a large gas-powered Hedco fan gun, enlarged the Leprechaun Lounge, and expanded night skiing to the summit. Paddy's Promenade and JFK were also widened. With its improved snowmaking, Brodie opened one day before Killington, starting the season on October 19, 1972. Hedco proclaimed that Brodie was the first in the country to open.

Former ski school director George West passed away at the age of 27 in a plane crash in March 1973.

During the summer of 1973, Brodie diversified its offerings by constructing camping facilities. The camping area included hook ups for trailers and an outdoor heated pool in the shame of an Irish harp.

Brodie circa the mid 1970s
Brodie circa the mid 1970s

Brodie was not immune from the energy crisis, as operations were scaled back for the 1973-74 season and planned night skiing expansion was postponed. Among the announced conservation measures included a staggered start time for lifts, not opening all night skiing terrain except on peak nights, lowering thermostats in the lodges, and not heating the recently-constructed pool. In addition, Kelly took over the lease of a Getty gas station he owned near the New Ashford Inn, so that he could "do everything that I can to see that skiers who come to Brodie will get enough gas to get back home."

Dave Scott took over as ski school director for the 1974-75 season, as Tom Varanka departed for Greylock Glen. On the eve of another election campaign, Ted Kennedy took his family skiing at Brodie in February 1975. He was cited by the Berkshire Eagle as "cutting through the lift lines," though the North Adams Transcript noted that "for one run," Kennedy "went to the rear of the line and took his place just like everyone else."

Brodie also made headlines in February 1975 when Olympian Suzy Chaffee visited the area, performing a "ballet" on skis. Though Brodie had been popular amongst skiing governors Endicott Peabody and Francis Sargent during its first decade of operation, it soon found itself locked into battle with the new Michael Dukakis administration. In early 1975, the Outdoor Advertising Board ordered the removal of Brodie's entrance sign. Owner Jim Kelly responded to one sign removal in the mid 1970s by instead painting Brodie on the side of a cow and having it graze in a roadside pasture.

A new Stadeli double chairlift, stopping just short of the summit, debuted along with two new trails for the 1977-78 season. This would be the final chairlift installed at Brodie.

Despite the snow drought of the early 1980s, Brodie kept on chugging, opening a new cross country ski center near the mountain for the 1980-81 season. Despite opening the mountain on October 22 in 1982, warm weather limited the area's operations to 30 days prior to January.

The Brodie base lodge in the 1990s
The Brodie base lodge in the 1990s

In terms of facility size, Brodie remained about the same thereafter, adding little terrain and no new lifts. It did, nevertheless, remain a major player in the regional ski industry, especially around St. Patrick's Day. Every year around that time, trails and beer were dyed green, while the sound of bagpipes flooded the area.

Green snow at Brodie for St. Patrick's Day
Green snow at Brodie for St. Patrick's Day

Meanwhile, nearby Jiminy Peak was rapidly growing, eventually surpassing Brodie in both lift infrastructure and snowmaking firepower. By the time the 1990s drew to a close, Brodie's facilities were aging, as was its dwindling skier base.

New Ownership and Closure

The idle base area during the demolition of Gramp's Lift (2005)
The idle base area during the demolition of Gramp's Lift (2005)

Ready to focus on golf rather than skiing, Jim Kelly sold the ski area to longtime rivals Brian Fairbank and Joseph O'Donnell in 1999. Kelly opened his "dream golf course," Donnybrook Country Club, in 2008. Meanwhile, planning for a mountaintop wind farm began in the late 1990s, resulting in the commissioning of the Berkshire Wind Power Project in 2011.

Jiminy Peak operated it for three seasons, initially with plans to install a high speed detachable chairlift. After investing in snowmaking improvements, the new ownership realized Brodie would require more investment than they could justify with the remaining skier-base. As a result, they shut down skiing operations after the 2001-2002 season, while keeping the tubing facility open.

In 2004, Fairbank and O'Donnell sold Brodie to Silverleaf Resorts for $2.6 million. As part of the deal, Silverleaf could not operate a commercial ski or snowboard area at Brodie.

Post closure Brodie Mountain as seen from south of Mt. Greylock (2006)
Post closure Brodie Mountain as seen from south of Mt. Greylock (2006)

Silverleaf planned to build 326 timeshares at Brodie for a cost of $50 million under the name of Snowy Owl. While the snow tubing operation continued through the 2006-2007 season and initial demolition of old lifts and buildings took place, the larger project was not to be. In the spring of 2012, reports came out that the mountain was once again for sale.

The idle base area (January 2019)
The idle base area (January 2019)

While modern equipment, such as the Magic Carpet and newer fan guns, has been removed, much of the core infrastructure remains in place. The property is reportedly posted no trespassing.

Expansion History
Project
Season
Summit Area
Abandoned
1967-68
North Face
Cancelled
1990s

Image Gallery
1965-66 Eastern Ski Map1966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski Map1969-70 Eastern Ski Map1970-71 Eastern Ski Map1970 Schenectady Gazette
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
Andy's Lift in 2002
Andy's Lift
Stadeli
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1977-78
Dot's Lift in 2002
Dot's Lift
Borvig
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1968-69
Matt's Chair circa the 1970s
Matt's Chair
Borvig
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1970-71

Past Lifts
Seasons
Gramp's Lift in 2002
Gramp's Lift
Stadeli
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1964-65
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Novice T-Bar
Stadeli
T-Bar
1964-65
-
1969-70
The Upper T-Bar liftline in 2005
Upper T-Bar
Poma
T-Bar
1967-68
-

Maps
2000-01 Brodie Mountain Trail Map
1967-68 Brodie Mountain Trail Map1968-69 Brodie Trail Map1969-70 Brodie trail map1970-71 Brodie Trail Map1971-72 Brodie Trail Map1974-75 Brodie trail map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2001-02$29.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph2001-02 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 9March 172001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$40.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 24April 875,0002000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$40.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 365,0001999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-99$39.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 131998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1997-98$39.001997-98 Ticket Price Graph1997-98 Season Pass Price Graph1997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$38.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price GraphApril 61996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1995-96$38.001995-96 Ticket Price Graph1995-96 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 18April 71995-96 Skier Visit Graph
1994-95$37.001994-95 Ticket Price Graph1994-95 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 191994-95 Skier Visit Graph
1993-94$35.001993-94 Ticket Price Graph$470.001993-94 Season Pass Price Graph13.4 daysNovember 101993-94 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$30.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 91992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$30.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 291991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$30.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 211990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$30.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 41989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$30.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 23175,0001988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$28.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-87$25.001986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 111986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1985-86$24.001985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price GraphOctober 301985-86 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$22.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 31984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$20.001983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price GraphOctober 31225,0001983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$19.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price GraphOctober 241982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$17.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 11160,0001981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$15.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph$275.001980-81 Season Pass Price Graph18.3 daysNovember 111980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$14.001979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price GraphOctober 19March 2390,0001979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$13.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 21March 24120,0001978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$12.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 13April 21977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$11.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph$160.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph14.5 daysOctober 28March 271976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$11.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price GraphOctober 30March 211975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1974-75$10.501974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 17April 131974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1973-74$10.001973-74 Ticket Price Graph1973-74 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 61973-74 Skier Visit Graph
1972-73$10.001972-73 Ticket Price Graph1972-73 Season Pass Price GraphOctober 191972-73 Skier Visit Graph
1971-72$9.501971-72 Ticket Price Graph$160.001971-72 Season Pass Price Graph16.8 daysNovember 10April 91971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$9.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 18April 181970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$8.501969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price GraphOctober 25April 111969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$8.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 11April 121968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$7.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 9March 311967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1966-67$7.001966-67 Ticket Price Graph1966-67 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 3April 21966-67 Skier Visit Graph
1965-66$6.001965-66 Ticket Price Graph1965-66 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 181965-66 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$6.001964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"WOW! What a trip down memory lane. Skiing at Brodie Mountain and enjoying the fun in the Blarney Room. Thanks for all the fun times."
William Allen, Aug. 27, 2021
"Learned to Ski at Brodie in 1978 I was 16. The crazy thing is that I married a man named Brody in 1993. I love the connection. I currently live on a ski slope in Tahoe California. "
Tracy Giles, Jun. 15, 2021
"Had a wonderful night skiing adventure with the love of my life. Great ski conditions, green snow and a drink in the lounge. Splendid and memorable time. Would love a piece of memorabilia if you know where to purchase. I miss him every day..."
Kathryn Gotcsik, Jan. 29, 2021
"Ah, good ole Brodie! Wonderful New Ashford!! I grew up in New Ashford, and Brodie was a center piece. The lodge was so earthy with wood everywhere. I am deeply saddened at its passing. Memories skiing there are grand, yet the loss is unbearable. Surely someone with lots of money could bring it back. How could a town of 100 have a ski mountain? In a word, Jim Kelly, the business man extraordinare !! "
Wendy Frye, Dec. 8, 2019
"We will always miss Kelly’s Irish Alps. More fun than I could possibly describe. Thursday ski club, Saturday evening with the guys. Meeting girls on the slopes and in The Blarney Room around the fire place. It just couldn’t get better. Thanks for the memories."
Alan George, Jan. 20, 2019
"My dad help lay out the trails. I miss the old girl, Jimmy was a joke. "
Lawrence Jacques, Dec. 23, 2018
"many fond memories of camping at Brodie Mountain, from hangin in the rec center to hiking ski trails and playing in the pool as well as the tree house playground. Sad that this land is just sitting idol."
christine schleicher, Jul. 31, 2018
"Enjoyed skiing at Brodie Had our wedding reception in the Blarney room and wedding pictures in front of the the giant fire place in the main lodge The best memories !! Really miss it"
Stan Walczyk, Mar. 4, 2018
"Awww I loved Brodie. Back in the eighties a group of about 50 of us would drive up from Jersey to spend the week at Brodie. All of us kids would ski from morning to night, while our parents partied in the Blarney Room. What great memories! We would take lessons just because they were included in our package. The best ski instructor was Fran! We would go every year, so we made friends with everyone who worked there. At night when the mountain closed, the ski patrol would let us sled. Every year got better. I shore do miss it, but at least I have wonderful memories. "
Colleen Bey, Feb. 21, 2018
"Brodie was just a fun place to ski, and relax. Nothing fancy. Our kids learned to ski there, and while they were learning, we had fun skiing. It would be incredible to see it "come alive" once again. That said, such great memories. As I ski at Jiminy, I enjoy looking over and seeing those slopes! :) "
Steve Jones, Jan. 27, 2018
"I miss Brodie very much - it was such a great local ski area. My parents took us when we were kids in the 80’s. I can remember coming in from the slopes to grab something to eat and watching all the adults enjoying themselves in The Blarney Room. I’ve tried other mountains and while they’re ok, none have that special feeling that Brodie has. I’d love to see it come back, but in this day and age, I doubt it is economically feasible. However, I’ll continue to remember those great times. "
Craig Neal, Jan. 1, 2018
"Skied there with my dad. Learned to ski there. Such a shame to see it this way. Drove past it this weekend on my way home from MT Snow There was some snow on the slopes . It made me want to grab my skis and walk up the mountain just to ski it one last time !!! Seems like at least some of the slopes are being maintained ( growth cut back ). I believe the mountain and adjoining property is for sale . Someone. please ......SAVE BRODIE !!!!"
A.J , Mar. 22, 2017
"learned how to ski at Brodie mountain! Some of my best childhood memories on that mountain ! "
Chris Persico, Mar. 19, 2017
"Many a days were spent with the Taconic Braves XC ski team and coach Andy Kelly skiing UP the right side of the mountain on our XC skis. Great times had by all on the mountain and in the lodge. It was one to remember all around!"
Debra Wechter, Mar. 18, 2017
"My parents had a trailer on the slope for 12 years. Every weekend we came up and skied and every vacation. Was some of the best times of my childhood & teenage life. Times where good back then simple easy going. We will never see that again."
James Hannigan , Mar. 17, 2017
"mY MOM AND I WOULD go to Brodie after school on Friday nights when I was very young I will always remember those good memories"
ERIC , Mar. 8, 2017
"Had season tickets my last few H.S. years 1973, 74, 75. Got in 30+ days per season. Parked at "The Canteen". Ran gates with the Williams guys at top of Shamrock. My Dad was the guy in the blue or white jump suits with no poles!!! He had a pass until 1983 or so. Great times!!!"
Steve Sheridan, Feb. 7, 2017
"First time skiing there on our honeymoon. Absolutely loved the fire place. Had a great time."
Eleanor Darby, Dec. 8, 2016
"Learned to ski at Brodie; those thursday night lessons felt special with my sister and Dad, and no homework that night! Later on a pack of us would ski together every weekend, and we stayed out no matter what the weather. We raided the cafateria for trashbags to put over our gear if needed, and borrowed lunch trays to ride while we waited for the lifts to re-open between day and night skiing. The whole thing felt like family, I guess that it was. Thanks to all that were a part of a great time."
mark Klemperer, Nov. 27, 2016
"The memories live on. I wish my kids and their cousins could have had the Brodie experience.....nothing better. Thanks Dad (Joe Gleason) for making it possible."
Judy Gleason Collins, Nov. 17, 2016
"I was wondering about Brodie Mountain and googled it...found this web site! What a nice surprise! Taught skiing there from1974 to 1976 and had some of my best ski days there..usually over 100 days per season. Moved west in 1977 and have continued to ski every season in the Rockies. But it all got started at Brodie...great memories! Now I ski at Maverick Mountain in southwest Montana....A little Mom and Pop ski area that kinda reminds me of Brodie."
Joe Casey, Jun. 12, 2016
"We skied as a tribe at Brodie every weekend regardless of conditions or weather. Blazed our own trails and skied with some of the best skiers I have ever seen. Remember the columns of ski boots on the stairs heading up to the Blarney Room. Wouldn't trade my time with that group of friends for anything "
Roxanne Nelson (Clough), Jun. 3, 2016
"My Dad sold lift tickets every Sunday from 3 to 11pm so our family could have passes. Best time of my life. Learned how to snow plow on the tow rope to parallel skiing down shamrock! My one regret....never having enough courage to do the slush jump!!!!!! Best memories ever!"
Kelly Heffernan, May. 16, 2016
"Learned to ski there at night with my friend from work. Loved the atmosphere of the mountain. Was at the St Patty's slush jump in 1995, so much fun. I filmed it and put the video up on YouTube if anyone is interested. Just google Brodie Slush Jump and it should come up."
Sue Swanteson, Apr. 13, 2016
"I've missed brodie for years since J.P. took over and shut it down. Learned to ski there in the early 1990s. Great atmosphere, good folks. "
Gilles Heno-Coe, Apr. 10, 2016
"We loved skiing here with the kids. We put our daughter, 4 years old, in the nursery for a really reasonable price and we skiied all day, coming to the nursery to eat lunch with her. We would take her out for skiing, and put her back when she was tired. The lifts were slow, but I loved this place. Lovely family memories!"
Joanne Yurso, Apr. 2, 2016
"Grew up going to Brodie. Loved it there. Used to be pretty crowded in the 60's, I remember being turned away due to crowds and ending up at Jiminy. My son's HS Ski Club went to Brodie on Monday nights in the 90's,we used to go over and ski with him. Loved that place! Many memories- final time there was not for skiing, it was for an Anniversary Party - renewal of Wedding Vows held in the Blarney Room, probably was back in 12-years ago. - great time."
EIleen Finn-LeMatty, Mar. 17, 2016
"First tracs under Andy's lift. Fifteen inches of dry powder. Best mogul run of my life. Winter of 1979Bigger, smaller, Brodie is the most fun terrain around."
Jim Zawistowski, Mar. 17, 2016
"I could remember when I was working for K2 all of the pro races & on-site demos we had at brodie. Great place to hang out especially St Patrick's day."
John Rooney, Mar. 17, 2016
"We loved skiing at Brodie, it lives on in my heart!Lots of great memories!"
Dr.Robert Johnson, Mar. 17, 2016
"Remember the green snow on St.Patricks day"
Tom Parente, Feb. 28, 2015
"Skied at Brodie many times in the late 80s and early 90s while a student at WNEC in Springfield. In my heart, it's still my all time favorite place to ski."
Craig Hunter, Feb. 21, 2015
"My uncle taught us to ski at Brodie Mt in the mid eighties. When we started earning our own money, we would take advantage of the $10 Sunday and Monday night lift tickets. Once we were old enough, we enjoyed the time we had in the Blarney Room. I remember winning a contest, in the Blarney room, for having the least amount of cash on me! Those were the days."
Phil Sanford, Feb. 12, 2015
"Loved Brodie. Grew up skiing there in the mid 80's---- mid 90's. Used to be a large group of us from Eastern Long Island. Us kids then would do the 'twilight' skiing as our parents would drink lots of beer. Ohhhhh the memories!! We even used to sleep in our motor home some trips up there. If it were open again we would be still visiting every year with our expanding families. Progress blows some times. Wonderful Brodie, R.I.P There will never be another like you"
Tom Warner, Feb. 11, 2015
"Had awesome night ski times at Brodie, with my big bro Dave, and my Scotia NY ski buds Phil, Ken, Bill, and Pete, in the 70's."
Paul Hubbell, Dec. 6, 2014
"Ahhhhhhh the Blarney Room!!!! Got wasted and sang Van Morrisson's 'Browned Eyed Girl' with the band one night..........great memories ...oh yeah, and the skiing wasn't half bad either!! Where else could you get green swizzle sticks shaped like skiis for your drink and green snow?? Truly miss the good old days:~( !!"
Gary Allen, Oct. 9, 2014
"My parents put me on skies at 2...Brodie was a great place to be a kid and ski. The night skiing was fabulous ! So much fun. Unforgettable !"
Jennifer Johnson, Sep. 16, 2014
"3.23.14Skied at Titus Mtn Malone ny and part of my childhood was there. All of the Blue Brodie snow canons where there. Miss that old Mtn in Mass. "
larry jacques, Mar. 24, 2014
"Grew up there and still have all of my ski passes from there starting with 1973! Grandmother worked in the office, dad was a ski instructor and my first job was a ski instructor at age 13. I would buy it if I could! :)"
Kellie D'Elia-Laskin, Mar. 18, 2014
"I have great memories of skiing Brodie with friends and family from the 70's through the 90's. Today, I'm a guide for Steamboat Powdercats and have many conversations with guests from the east that have similar memories. One being skiing green snow on St. Patricks day..... Yeeeha!"
Kyle Pietras, Mar. 18, 2014
"Was the coolest place on earth! Skied almost every day and night !"
Alice Murray, Mar. 17, 2014
"Thinking of all the great St Patrick's Day festivities at Brodie. They will never be duplicated! Spent many, many great winters there! And had my wedding reception there. Not many people can say that........you had to KNOW people (Joe Gleason)"
Michaela Gleason Clancy, Mar. 14, 2014
"Brodie was THE place to ski on St Patricks Day, I still have a pair of Brodie green ski swizzle sticks :-)"
Dawn Gabel, Mar. 6, 2014
"Worked at Brodie as a ski instructor with my sister, grew up on the slopes, have had to settle teaching my son at the old rival Jiminy Peak! While it makes me sad there is no longer skiing there, I am so happy to have so many great memories of that place!"
Candace Mozzi (LaLonde), Feb. 23, 2014
"As part of the Brodie Mt. campers who wintered up in the trailer part on Brodie, we have many, many fond memories. My kids learned to ski there and it was wonderful to be able to just open the camper door and let them head off on the mountain. All the campers looked out for each other and the chairlift guys knew and helped all the kids. From all the parties the campers had, the famous jump at Tower 7, and taking Tip from the top as our route home to our camper, the times we spent at Brodie Mtn. were some of the best!"
Claire Haines, Feb. 21, 2014
"While in high school in the late 70's and early 80's, I skied here numerous times. Loved this ski area!! Just a beautiful, friendly place. Mickeys Chute was my favorite trail as it was somewhat challenging but unsurpassed for its beauty! The night skiing was magical. I cannot believe it is gone. Very sad news to hear. "
gerard cunningham, Jan. 29, 2014
"Like Carole! I met my sole mate there and we were married in 78, just recently lost him to a stroke, and I would love to come back and relive some of the good times in the blarney room! we too have the skies from the drinks! it was a great place back then , I miss it, The good Ol days. We tried to go there when it was snow owl, met by some guy and a shot gun, if you can believe it. we only wanted to drive around, but got into the lower parking lot and turned around. Oh wellDo they still have any condos there any one know??"
Sherry steuerwald-shook, Jan. 11, 2014
"As a musician/singer. i played many years at Brodie during ski season and enjoyed all the fun and great people I met there' and all the fab Kelly family were a souce of inspiration' perhaps its time to rebuild Brodie...? "
oliver kane, Oct. 6, 2013
"Worked at Brodie in the early 90s .Had the best time ever. Brodie was the places to be on St. PATRICK'S DAY."
John Nichols, Mar. 22, 2013
"I got engaged at Brodie Mountain St. Patrick's weekend 1975. Married in 1976. Everyone there bought us congratulatory drinks. I rmember the Green Beer Slalom and Green Plastic Crossed Skis with the Logo of Brodie on it placed in the Irish Coffees. (Still have ne ski). Also the patch with the lepreuchan."
Carole Schaefer, Mar. 13, 2013
"Grew up at Brodie in the mid-70s to mid-80s. Skied on the jr. racing team. Evenings with family in the Blarney Room. A gorgeous mountain that you could ski daily and it was always an adventure. Sad it's gone. Hope more photos and sites and home movies go up. Lost Ski Areas Project site also good. Would be nice to either add to that site or have another to share on. Thanks to this site for this forum!"
O Gottlieb, Mar. 2, 2013
"Brodie was my favorite mtn to ski growing up. I wanted to take my kids there to learn how to ski and was so sad to find out it was closed forever. :( I will miss Brodie."
Linda Dunn, Feb. 10, 2013
"Skied brodie many times on saturday nights 330 to 1100 pm ticket , then to the blarney rm for some great times ! mid 1980's"
john chiarizio, Jan. 29, 2013
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