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Catamount Ski Area

3290 New York 23
HillsdaleHillsdale, Columbia County 12529

Catamount Ski Area, located on the Massachusetts / New York state line near South Egremont, Massachusetts, is one of the oldest original operating ski areas in the Northeast.

The careers of its owners, the Gilbert and Edwards families, ski area management is extensive – going back more than 60 years.

Catamount first opened in 1939. The mountain was served by three rope tows - two 1,000' long, the third 800' long. A 500-vertical-foot climb was required to reach the summit.

On the morning of December 7, 1941, an article appeared in the New York Times touting a wonderful new ski area in the Berkshires. Unfortunately, that same day brought tragic news from Pearl Harbor. With the nation on a war footing, Catamount closed until the winter of 1946-47.

The first generation of Gilbert and Edwards, Bill and Don, began their ski industry careers seven years later, when they took over management of the small ski area Fahnestock. The following year, the partners leased land from the State of New York and opened the Silvermine ski area.