Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Penguin Hill Ski Tow-Skiing and Bobsledding in Cavendish

Did you know that Cavendish once had a ski area called the Penguin Hill Ski Tow? You can see a video of it on Vimeo. Thank you Pat Moore for posting it to the Cavendish, VT Facebook page.

Promoting Cavendish as a winter destination, an ad for Proctor-Piper Hotel and the Penguin Hill Ski Town (Stearns Gay, Manager) appears in the 1941 Vermont Year Book. Proctor Piper was the new name for the Cottage Hotel on Depot Street, which was renamed the Riverside Inn Hotel in 1944. This property is on the corner of Depot Street and Pratt Hill.

The Penguin Hill Ski Tow sign hung on the corner of what was the Grange Hall (Route 131 and Twenty Mile Stream) directing skiers to the next property (Bidgoods) after the Grange Hall heading north on Twenty Mile Stream.

 In addition to Penguin Hill, there were two other ski areas in Cavendish- one on "Howard HIll" across the Black River opposite Tarbell Hill and the other built by the younger members of the Gay family, behind Glimmerstone. 

In addition to the "ski areas," Cavendish was the first place in New England to offer a bobsled run. This one mile 700 foot drop run was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. The run was located near Hillcrest Cemetery in Proctorsville. 

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