Upper Valley Ski Areas Struggling
Storrs Hill is currently closed due to lift issues.
Sunday, January 19, 2020,

Poor weather and mechanical issues have dominated Upper Valley skiing this winter, as its small ski areas have struggled to open.

Storrs Hill

The struggles at Storrs Hill have ballooned, where opening day was delayed until January 3. Operations were suspended on January 7 "due to an unfortunate incident." The non-profit ski area is now seeking donations for the repair of its 1972 Heron-Poma lift, which may be out of action until February. Donations can be made by going to and clicking on Shop.

Though snow had been made on the upper mountain last month, Whaleback was without chairlift service until yesterday. It's 1970 Heron-Poma experienced mechanical issues prior to a scheduled December opening, with subsequent repairs and inspections dragging into mid-January.


The lack of consistent snow has been a factor at Ascutney Outdoors, where despite not being in operation yet, the new T-Bar was dedicated yesterday. The refurbished Doppelmayr T-Bar has increased the area's vertical drop from just over 100 feet to 435 feet. The rope tow is in operation today.

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