The defunct Connecticut ski area previously changed hands last fall.
Thursday, July 28, 2022, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
Woodbury ski and tubing area is on the market again, this time as two separate properties.
The 20.6-acre defunct ski area is listed for $899,900 with Drakeley Real Estate as "an amazing opportunity to revitalize a Litchfield County classic" and "re-open a ski area, start a vineyard or a brewery." The property includes cafeteria, retail, and restroom facilities, as well as an apartment. The listing states that many permits have been renewed to allow for various activities.
Across the road, the 10-acre "Tapawingo Tubing" is listed for $899,900. In addition to cafeteria, retail, and restroom facilities, the building also includes an apartment.
Woodbury's history dates back to the early 1960s, when it was known as Tapawingo ski area. Former US Ski Team member Rod Taylor took over the ski area in 1972, renaming it Woodbury Ski and Racquet Club and improving it with a new chairlift and lodge.
As a hedge against poor winters, Taylor developed an off season business at the area, including zip lining, summer tubing, and a climbing wall. The area also developed a popular annual reggae festival.
Two years after the death of its longtime owner Rod Taylor, Woodbury ceased operations in 2016. Though were efforts made to continue operations, the plug was pulled in 2019. Kara Kenney briefly explored reopening the ski area with enhanced off-season offerings in 2018. In early 2020, Art Powers approached the town with a proposal to reopen Woodbury as a concert, camping, and mountain biking venue. Powers was killed in a skiing accident at Stowe in February 2021.
In the spring of 2021, Leah Chanelle, who had a $675,000 judgement lien on the property related to a January 1, 2013 tubing lift accident, assigned her interest to Tapawingo Tubing, LLC. Tapawingo Tubing, LLC is operated by Quassy Amusement Park owner Eric Anderson. Tapawingo Tubing, LLC foreclosed on the property on October 8, 2021 and subsequently began making plans to reopen the facility.