Thunder Ridge Ski Area

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Thunder Ridge
Thunder Ridge Ski Area Logo.jpg
Thunder Ridge Trail Map.png
Thunder Ridge Trail Map
Location Patterson, New York
Nearest major city Pawling, New York
Vertical403 ft.
Top elevation880 ft.
Skiable area90 acres (360,000 m2)
Runs21
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 48% easiest
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 19% more difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 33% most difficult
Lift system 3 chairlifts, 4 magic carpets
Terrain parks Fawn Meadow, and Little Thunder (March Only)
Snowmaking Yes, 90% coverage
Night skiing Yes
Website http://www.thunderridgeski.com/

Thunder Ridge is a small ski area located in Patterson, NY. Because it is located just 75 minutes from New York City, the mountain attracts skiers and snowboarders from across the New York area. While it does not receive a lot of snowfall, Thunder Ridge does have snowmaking capabilities which can cover 95% of the mountain. Because it is open at night, Thunder Ridge is a haven for high school ski racing. The mountain hosts part of Hudson Valley League racing. [1] In 2014 the area came under new management, after the previous managers could no longer afford to take care of the property as a result of the Great Recession. [2]

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History

Under previous ownership the mountain was known as Birch Hill (1957–1968), Big Birch (1968–1995), Thunder Ridge Ski Area (1995–present).

After coming under new ownership, many of the old trails were 'decommissioned' and other trails given priority. Old Map. Since 2018 around 95% of the mountain is covered with snowmaking equipment, up from 75% under the old ownership. Since 2015, equipment has gone through a major upgrade including the purchase of a new Bombardier Prinoth BR350 groomer [3] [4] and three new Demaclenko snow guns [5] and Ratnik snow guns. [6] In addition, new transformers were added allowing the mountain to produce more snow at a steady and faster rate. [7]

Throughout the 2020–21 North American winter more trails were opened (22 at max) due to record snowfall and consistent weather. This marked the first time in almost four years where more than 20 trails had been open for more than two weeks straight. [8] As part of the 2020–21 season, an older Bombardier groomer was revamped and upgraded, to expand the grooming capability throughout the mountain. [9]

Trails

Thunder Ridge Ski area has 21 trails. 9 of which are accessible from the Triple Chair, 6 from the double chair, 4 from both chairs, and 5 bunny trails. It has 8 Black Diamonds 4 Blue Squares and 12 Green Circles.

Accessible from Triple Chair
NameRating
Lovers Lane Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Fawn Meadow Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Santa Fe Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Evergreen Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Sunset Run [10] Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Competition Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Fools Delight Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
The Face Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Blackberry Pass Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Accessible From Double Chair
NameRating
Bull's Run Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Don's Drop Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Deer Pasture Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Wildcat Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Timber Wolf Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Eagle's Lair Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Halfpipe Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Accessible from Both Chairs
NameRating
Sissy Schuss Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
The Road Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Don's Drop Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Lovers Lane (since 2019) [11] Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Halfpipe Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Bunny Hills
NameRating
Little Thunder Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Fun Run Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
You Can Do It! Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Movin Up Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Little Thunder Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg




Lifts

Top of the main lift (the triple) as seen from the 'Top medical depot'. Thunder ridge top of the triple.jpg
Top of the main lift (the triple) as seen from the 'Top medical depôt'.

Thunder Ridge currently has 3 chairlifts and 4 magic carpets. In 1958 a T-Bar opened at then Birch Hill [12] - servicing the main part of today's ski area. Numerous Tows were also installed on the mountain. Sometime in the 1960s, a Borvig double chairlift was installed to the summit; it remains the area's longest and oldest lift. In about 1967, a short double chairlift was installed which today served Little Thunder. In 1986, a Borvig triple chairlift was installed to supersede and eventually replace the T-Bar lift, which it did. In the early 2000s, four Magic Carpet lifts were installed on Thunder Ridge to replace the Tows. Remnants of the tows can still be seen to this day.

During the mid-1960s the Mahopac High School ski team raced and trained at Birch Hill, as did the teams from Carmel and some other Putnam County and Northern Westchester county schools. The lodge was a simple place with a gravel floor.

Today the area maintains 7 running lifts; 4 Carpets (one open all the time (You can do it, "Toyland"), two open on the weekends, one used as a backup), a triple lift (main lift, "The triple"), a double lift (secondary lift, "The double"), and one small double lift (beginner lift, "Little Thunder"). There today remains three neglected tows (one serving the halfpipe, and one serving the terrain park, and one which servde the old terrain park). Both the triple and double were re-surfaced and gained more modern accessories and safety equipment in the late 2010s.


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References

  1. Ng, Matthew (2007-01-29). "Horace Mann debuts in Section 1 skiing competition". The Journal News.
  2. http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/2014/09/12/thunder-ridge-ski-area-expected-open/15537391
  3. "The crew is working on the Fawn Meadow Park, look for it to be open soon". Thunder Ridge Ski Area — Instagram. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  4. "Filling up before heading out last night. We have begun to push out the piles and will be making snow again very soon. We'll see you on the hill by the weekend". Thunder Ridge Ski Area — Instagram. 17 December 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  5. "These hard workers are getting some time off, come over and enjoy all the snow they have put out. Open Saturday 9am-9pm, and Sunday 9am-5pm". Thunder Ridge Ski Area — Instagram. 21 January 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  6. "It's always nice to see the hill starting to get covered in snow! We need a few more weather windows to open, but we are getting closer". Thunder Ridge Ski Area — Instagram. 7 December 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  7. "Improving for the future, we are not letting this pandemic slow us down. In only a few months we'll see you all on the snow". Thunder Ridge Ski Area — Instagram. 29 July 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  8. "Thunder Ridge Ski Area". Thunder Ridge Ski Area. 20 February 2021 -> Lifts 4, Trails 22, Base 20-40". Retrieved 2021-02-21.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. "The grooming team is out batting the elements. They are packing the snow on our easier terrain and setting a base for the new snowfall overnight. We will re-open tomorrow morning, see you on the hill!". Thunder Ridge Ski Area — Instagram. 1 February 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  10. No snowmaking equipment permanently placed on the trail.
  11. In 2019 the Half-way station for the Double Lift was re-opened.
  12. "#tbt 1958 the year the Hall T-Bar was installed!". www.instagram.com. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 2020-12-18.

Coordinates: 41°30′26″N73°34′52″W / 41.50722°N 73.58111°W / 41.50722; -73.58111