This Monday we are presenting another lost ski area from Quebec’s Eastern Townships: Glen Mountain circa 1979-80. This was a beautiful quaint ski hill with a vertical of 1,050ft was located just 3 miles east from Knowlton in Bolton Glen. At that time, the ski hill’s 11 miles of skiing was serviced with a double chair and 3 T-Bars (two running side-by-side). The ski lodge had an adjoining motel in the previous years, was now a Youth Hostel. My ski roots are tied to this place, as my parents meet here as my dad was one of the first ski instructors at the ski area under the direction of Bob Richardson.
“Jackrabbit” Johannsen scouting this remote mountain for a visionary couple prior to the autoroute being build. Since opening in 1960, Glen Mountain as had it share of good and bad years. The 1960s started with the opening of the Eastern Townships Autoroute, but also decades of bad news like bankruptcy, legal disputes between owner and previous owners, equipment failure, installing snowmaking and selling one year later, the odd low snow years, night skiing for only two years, all while trying to compete to attract skier with a neighbouring ski areas located only a few miles away. Mont Orford was the only other major hill with ski lifts when Jackrabbit visited and gave his approval for the development of Glen Mountain.
Little that the first owners know at the time, is that within 5 years of the ski area opening, 4 other ski areas in a relatively close distance would open: Mont Sutton would also open in December 1960 followed by Mont Echo (1963) Bromont (1964) and Owl’s Head (1965) a couple of years later. From the good years when Glen Mountain bought Alberta’s Mt. Norquay in Banff in the 1990s to definite closure after the 2004-2005.
Lifts did run again for a few weekend a few years ago and the current owner of the property had hopes to transform it into a Private Ski Club, but that plan fell through in 2010 due to insurance cost.
There is a great entertaining book on the history of Glen Mountain, it’s a great read, Checkout the review for:
Out Of Bounds: The Glen Mountain Ski Story
By Brian Eddington
Lostski on Zoneski went on a fact-finding mission with his camera in Summer 2011: Glen Mountain thread
Here is this week’s Monday Feature: the Glen Mountain brochure from circa 1979-80.