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Winslow as seen from Don Worden Schuss (2018)
Dartmouth Skiway
Lyme, New Hampshire
Status: Open
First Season:1956-57
Vertical Drop:968 feet
Standing Lifts:1 quad, 1 double, 1 J-Bar
Past Lifts:1 double, 1 T-Bar, Surface lifts
Left: Winslow as seen from Don Worden Schuss (2018)
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Located northeast of Hanover, Dartmouth Skiway is a mid-sized ski area that comprises the lower slopes two mountains, 2,110 foot Holts Ledge and 2,282 foot Winslow Ledge. The ski area is owned and operated by Dartmouth College.

Oak Hill

Dartmouth College's first venture into lift served skiing dates back to 1935, when a J-Bar was installed on a small slope at Oak Hill in Hanover. In a time in which most alpine skiing required hiking, the ski area was cutting edge. After two decades of use, the area was upstaged by a new Dartmouth College development at nearby Holts Ledge. Oak Hill likely remained lift served into the 1980s, at which point the focus for the complex was centered on nordic skiing.

Holt's Ledge

The Holts Poma circa the late 1950s
The Holts Poma circa the late 1950s

Following John Meck's report entitled "Development of Adequate Skiing Facilities for Dartmouth Students in the Hanover Area," Dartmouth developed trails on the northeastern slope of Holt's Ledge for the 1956-57 season. Climbing up the new 968 vertical foot complex was a 3,775 foot Poma lift, which reportedly served 5 trails. At the foot of the area, the Peter Brundage Lodge was constructed, designed by local architect W. Brooke Fleck. Dartmouth College formally dedicated its new Holt's Ledge ski area on January 12, 1957, while the lodge was inaugurated on March 3. Accomplished racer Howard Chivers, class of 1939, was the area's first manager.

Despite developing the new ski area, Oak Hill continued to operate. The J-Bar was refurbished for the 1957-58 season.

To help alleviate long lift lines, a new 1,700 foot long Mueller T-Bar was installed at the foot of the Don Worden Schuss for the 1960-61 season. In addition to providing easier terrain, the new lift and Green Pastures slope facilitated skiing when natural snow was minimal. The Peter Brundage Lodge was also expanded around this time.

Winslow Ledge

Dartmouth Skiway circa 1967
Dartmouth Skiway circa 1967

Though crowds were growing, reliance on natural snow was a problem for the Skiway, as key races were relocated due to a lack of snow. While an investment in snowmaking was considered, Dartmouth instead opened a new complex for the 1967-68 season to market the ski area to families. Located on the northwestern slope of Winslow Ledge, the largely novice-intermediate area featured trail names following the college theme. Serving the complex was a new double chairlift, climbing 876 vertical feet.

Peter Brundage Lodge circa the late 1960s
Peter Brundage Lodge circa the late 1960s

The lack of snowmaking hurt Dartmouth again during the poor winter of 1973-74, as the Skiway reportedly only operated 34 days.

Shortly after it reached two decades in service, the original Holt's Ledge Poma lift was replaced with a Hall double chairlift for the 1977-78 season, thus establishing chairlift service on both mountains.

Howard Chivers
Howard Chivers

Three weeks after participating in a relay race, area manager Howard Chivers died of cancer in March of 1984. Donald Cutter, class of 1973, took over as manager.

Snowmaking, Lifts, Lodge

After dealing with many subpar snowfall winters, including a 4-day 1979-80 season, $1 million was invested in a snowmaking system for the winter of 1985-86, initially covering 43 acres. Though the installation allowed for more consistent operations, the ski area went into the red for until the winter of 1992-93.

A J-Bar was added to the Winslow side for the 1988-89 season. Five years later, with debt payments on the snowmaking system completed, the double chairlift on the Winslow side was replaced with a new Garaventa CTEC fixed grip quad chairlift.

The McLane Family Lodge (2016)
The McLane Family Lodge (2016)

Following the 1999-2000 season, the Peter Brundage Lodge was replaced with the $3.5 million McLane Family Lodge. Designed by Stuart White and Edward Levin, the new building quadrupled floor space while providing modern base facilities.

Doug Holler took over as ski area director for the 2001-02 season.
In keeping with the classic New England feel of the Holts side of the ski area, the double chairlift was kept in place, but modernized in 2005 when a new Doppelmayr-CTEC overhead drive was installed.

Lower Liftline (2018)
Lower Liftline (2018)

Snowmaking was improved when the Dupre family donated $750,000 in 2008. The four Dupre sisters, all Dartmouth graduates, made the donation in honor of their father, HKD Snowmakers founder Herman K. Dupre.


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Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
December60%    (3 reports)60 Open
January70%    (3 reports)70 Open
February90%    (6 reports)90 Open
March92%    (7 reports)92 Open
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Image Gallery
1959-60 Eastern Ski Map1960-61 Eastern Ski Map1961-62 Eastern Ski Map1962-63 Eastern Ski Map1964-65 Eastern Ski Map1965-66 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed
The lift line (2015)
Holts Double
Hall-Doppelmayr-CTEC
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1977-78
The bottom terminal (2015)
Winslow Quad
Garaventa-CTEC
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1993-94

Past Lifts
Seasons
The T-Bar line in 2013
Green Pastures T-Bar
Mueller
T-Bar
1960-61
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Holt's Poma circa the 1960s
Holt's Poma
Poma
Platter
1956-57
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1976-77
The J-Bar in 2004
J-Bar

J-Bar
1988-89
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2013-14
The Winslow Double circa 1970
Winslow Double
Carlevaro & Savio
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1967-68
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1992-93

Maps
1962-63 Dartmouth Skiway Trail Map1963-64 Dartmouth Skiway Trail Map1964-65 Dartmouth Skiway Trail Map1967-68 Dartmouth Skiway Trail Map1970-71 Dartmouth Skiway Trail Map1978-79 Dartmouth Skiway Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2020s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2019-20$53.002019-20 Ticket Price Graph$465.002019-20 Season Pass Price Graph8.8 daysDecember 20March 152019-20 Skier Visit Graph
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2018-19$50.002018-19 Ticket Price Graph$405.002018-19 Season Pass Price Graph8.1 daysDecember 15March 312018-19 Skier Visit Graph
2017-18$49.002017-18 Ticket Price Graph$449.002017-18 Season Pass Price Graph9.2 daysDecember 16March 312017-18 Skier Visit Graph
2016-17$48.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$555.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph11.6 daysDecember 16March 262016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$47.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$545.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph11.6 daysJanuary 9March 132015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$47.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$545.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph11.6 daysDecember 13March 292014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$45.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph2013-14 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 14March 292013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$45.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph2012-13 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 242012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$43.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph2011-12 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 21March 1837,0002011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$40.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$475.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph11.9 daysDecember 15March 2746,0002010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$40.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$475.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph11.9 daysDecember 17March 142009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$40.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$475.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph11.9 daysDecember 192008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$40.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph2007-08 Season Pass Price Graph2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$40.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$475.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph11.9 daysDecember 162006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$40.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$475.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph11.9 daysDecember 16March 1941,4662005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$38.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$515.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph13.6 daysDecember 18March 2741,4662004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$38.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$510.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph13.4 daysDecember 13March 282003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$36.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$500.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph13.9 daysDecember 13March 302002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$34.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph2001-02 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 212001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$31.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 16April 156,5002000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$30.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 261999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-99$29.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price Graph1998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$28.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 301996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1995-961995-96 Ticket Price Graph1995-96 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 171995-96 Skier Visit Graph
1994-951994-95 Ticket Price Graph1994-95 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 1740,2351994-95 Skier Visit Graph
1993-94$26.001993-94 Ticket Price Graph1993-94 Season Pass Price GraphApril 31993-94 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$26.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph38,5001992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$26.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$26.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph1990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$24.001989-90 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$19.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-87$17.001986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph1986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1985-86$15.001985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price Graph1985-86 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$10.001979-80 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$9.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$8.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$8.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph$80.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 days1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$7.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price Graph1975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1974-75$6.001974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price Graph1974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1973-74$6.001973-74 Ticket Price Graph1973-74 Season Pass Price Graph1973-74 Skier Visit Graph
1972-731972-73 Ticket Price Graph1972-73 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 91972-73 Skier Visit Graph
1971-72$8.001971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price GraphApril 21971-72 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$5.501968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$5.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1965-661965-66 Ticket Price Graph1965-66 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 221965-66 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$4.501964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$4.501963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$4.501962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph
1961-621961-62 Ticket Price Graph1961-62 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 22March 301961-62 Skier Visit Graph
1959-60$4.001959-60 Ticket Price Graph1959-60 Season Pass Price Graph1959-60 Skier Visit Graph
1950s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1958-59$3.751958-59 Ticket Price Graph1958-59 Season Pass Price Graph1958-59 Skier Visit Graph

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  • Last updated: February 16, 2020

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