The Timber Ridge base area (2002)
Timber Ridge
Windham, Vermont
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1963-64
Last Season:1990-91
Vertical Drop:795 feet
Standing Lifts:
Past Lifts:1 double, surface lifts
Left: The Timber Ridge base area (2002)
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While overshadowed by Magic Mountain on the north side, the east side of Glebe Mountain has had an on-again, off-again ski area for nearly half a century. Surrounded by ski houses, the area generally only operated on weekends and holidays throughout its history.

Glebe Mountain Farm

Glebem Mountain Farm ski area was developed by original Magic Mountain co-developer William Ingraham. In 1963-64, a small Borvig T-Bar was installed near the base of the mountain, serving short trails of all abilities.

Eventually renamed "Timber Ridge," the ski area's vertical drop more than doubled in 1972 when the Upper Mountain was opened via a new Hall double chairlift. Plans were announced to eventually make the area a private family country club. Adhering to the family image, manager Jeff Pitchford remarked that, "[w]e don't have a bar in the base lodge and we don't want one."

Entering the 1980s, two new complexes were proposed. The first, Southbrook, was cut but never saw the installation of the planned lift. The other, the North Glacier Bowl, was never cut.

A chairlift footing on the Showcase Trail (2006)
A chairlift footing on the Showcase Trail (2006)

Instead, in part due to multiple seasons of bad snowfall, Timber Ridge likely found itself defunct by the middle of the decade.

Timberside at Magic Mountain

In 1986, the new ownership group of Magic Mountain, led by Simon Oren, purchased Timber Ridge. In 1987, the two areas were connected via a pair of long trails, making one large resort called The Magic Mountains.

The winter of 1988-89 was so lean that the connecting trails between Magic and Timberside were seldom, if at all, open. In 1990, Oren sold his remaining interest in the company to partners Joe O'Donnell and Petros A. "Bob" Palandjian.

Following the 1990-91 season, the decision was made to shut down both Magic and Timber Ridge. In the spring of 1993, the owners decided to put Magic and Timber Ridge on the auction block. The Timber Ridge chairlift was sold to Smugglers Notch and installed in the Morse Mountain area in later that year.

While Magic Mountain reopened in 1997, Timber Ridge remained dormant.

In recent years, there has been a slow, but gradual effort underway to reopen Timber Ridge as a small, standalone area. While no lifts have been installed, many of the trails have been kept clear. In addition, the area has sported a modern grooming snowcat for nearly a decade.

Tracks on a lower mountain slope (2018)
Tracks on a lower mountain slope (2018)

In January 2014, Timber Ridge was featured on the National Geographic show Building Wild's episode "Top of the World," in which a cabin was constructed on the top footing of the former Showcase double chairlift.

It is not known if or when lift service will return to Timber Ridge, or if it will ever reopen to the public.

Expansion History
Upper Mountain
Magic Connection
North Glacier Bowl

Image Gallery
1969-70 Eastern Ski Map1971-72 Eastern Ski MapTimber Ridge Aerial Imagery, 1993 vs. 2010
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Standing Lifts

Past Lifts
The bottom terminal of the Showcase Double in 2002
Showcase Double
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
The bottom terminal (2018)
Tempest T-Bar

1972-73 Timber Ridge Trail Map
1964-65 Glebe Mountain Farm Trail Map1972-73 Timber Ridge 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 GraphDecember 91983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1977-781977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 171977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-771976-77 Ticket Price Graph$250.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$10.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price Graph1975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1974-751974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 211974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1972-73$9.001972-73 Ticket Price Graph$250.001972-73 Season Pass Price Graph27.8 days1972-73 Skier Visit Graph
1971-72$6.751971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$6.751970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$6.501969-70 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
1967-681967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 161967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1966-67$5.001966-67 Ticket Price Graph1966-67 Season Pass Price Graph1966-67 Skier Visit Graph
1965-66$5.001965-66 Ticket Price Graph1965-66 Season Pass Price Graph1965-66 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$5.001964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 121964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-641963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 25April 51963-64 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"Used to ski there in the mid 80's Got pushed out of a parking lot snowbank in my '77 Celica by Paul Newman and Bob Sharp"
Anonymous , Jul. 5, 2021
"We had a house at the base of timber ridge on rt 11 before the entrance of the ski area. spent many years skiing Magic mountain as a weekend ski instruster"
jay shaw, Feb. 24, 2019
"I skied the Timberside only once, sometime in the 80`s. I remember a long and flat connecting trail from the Magic side. The skiing at Timberside was quirky, ungroomed and absolutely fascinating, full of sharp turns, whalebacks, boulders you had to ski around, etc. It was the antithesis of the homogenized skiing offered at many of the big resorts today.So sad to not have skiing like this anymore. A wonderful memory..."
Patrick Phelan, Nov. 5, 2018
"I learned to ski as a young child at Timber Ridge. We were there every other weekend. Cruising down Devil’s Hopyard, I-91 and Dad loved a very long green from the top i believe called green /dream weaver ? I recall the always-welcoming Goodeve family, the O’Donnells and the elusive visits by Grant Goodeve and friends from Hollywood. In those days it seemed like all the skiing you could ever want, and a close-knit family atmosphere. So grateful to mom and dad for that experience "
David Whitney, Jan. 2, 2018
"The Bisbee family had a house at Timber Ridge and we were Founder Members. That meant our family could ski FREE for life at Timber Ridge. It was an every weekend family and friends gathering. Everyone knew everyone. The deal was if a someone waited in a lift line for more than 5 minutes you got your money back! Including Paul Newman. So many great, great memories. What a wonderful experience to be a kid in this ski envirnoment. I remember sledding at night on cafeteria trays from the base lodge. Now in my mid 50s, I ski as much as I can (3-4 trips/year) out west (CO, Ut & WY) and love it still. I learned to ski in VT. I thank my late father for giving me the gift of skiing. "
Ashley Bisbee Dopf, Sep. 5, 2017
"Came across this piece. I grew up in Chester, and spent my childhood skiing at Timber Ridge every weekend with my family, friends like the Waits, Trasks (Beaver, RIP), Goodeves, Arnolds and countless others. My moms side of the family are Ingrahams...I remember meeting Adam Rich, Paul New,and and Robert Redford! Very fond memories and as I re live my childhood watching and skiing with my 2 little girls it brings back sooooo many incredible was a VERY special place......"
Sarah Ballou Philippon, Jan. 10, 2017
"To me, Glebe Mountain and Timber Ridge still live. The lights in my parents' house still burn brightly as a third generation enjoys this truly family area. There may be no lifts, but Tim Waker, the current owner, mows and maintains the remaining trails as well, if not better, than many operating areas. I know some off piste skiers who ski there very year. It is among their favorite places. My last run was only a few years ago, on the Lower Renegade to the Base Lodge. A little rough, but in some way it was the best run ever. "
Bart Goodeve, Dec. 24, 2016
"My parents were among the 'Founder Members' who renamed the mountain Timber Ridge in the 70's. Timber Ridge was an amazing place. Our family would jump in the car every friday night and cruise up from CT to VT. I spent all of my teen years there skiing with my parents, two brothers and sister (who often skied with Paul Newman's daughter)....pretty cool! I now live in Waterville Valley NH where I have raised my children to love skiing as much as I do. Thanks to John and Judy Troy (my parents) for giving me such a great childhood at Timber Ridge."
pamela stone, Apr. 21, 2016
"The Windham Elementary school had ski days when it was Glebe Mt, and I learned to ski. When it became Timber Ridge my mom worked in the cafeteria there for many years getting me free skiing. I worked there as a teen and skied whenever time allowed. I have so many memories of skiing, helping the ski patrol, working Christmas parties. I met Paul Newman there! I still have my Timber Ridge Ski patch. Yup, the good old days."
Carol (Patenaude) Clark, Dec. 19, 2014
"On the National Geographic episode, they made it sound like 1 guy owns it with his son, and they have no plans of ever opening it. They built the cabin and plan to use it with family and friends and small rail jam events."
John M, Aug. 21, 2014
"When this episode opened up and they showed the view and did the intro, it was wow! I've beeen there! I skied there when in high school, mid-sixties! Yea, it was GLebe Mt. It was great fun, no crowds and long lines. Great to see it again, especially from that great little cabin. Good job!"
su smith, Mar. 22, 2014
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External Links
  • Magic Mountain Ski Resort - official site
  • Timber Ridge - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Last updated: May 2, 2018

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