The 2009-10 season opened with another beautiful fall day on the mountain for our annual Colorfest. The hill was covered with children of all ages; some riding the lift, some playing in the big air filled “Bouncy House”, others going for rides on the hay wagon, while yet others were catching up with old friends and making new ones.

Once again, the trial membership was offered and many potential new members took advantage of it. This year we had 505 members and were able to ski for 74 days. Ski Camps had 500 enrolled which was 10% more than last year. The Hunt Hollow Masters Program returned for the 2009-10 season.
A new Pisten-Bully 400 snow cat joined our fleet of groomers. This machine weighs 16,000 pounds and is capable of speeds up to 45 miles per hour. Due to its bright color this machine earned the name of “Big Red”.

By February our ski hill was in full swing and to the delight of our boarders and thrill-seeking skiers, the half-pipe opened soon after.

We enjoyed a full social calendar including the ever popular New Year’s Eve celebration, Lobster Palooza and a Chili Night.

Hunt Hollow went hi-tech this year with member’s passes becoming digital, the lodge offering free wireless internet, and the “Liftline” ( the Club’s newsletter) available on line.

The bull wheel at the top of Main Street chairlift, which was causing some problems during the last season was removed and repaired during the summer of 2010 by our capable crew of employees.

Rick Roxin, the Ski Club manager for the last 3 years, resigned to pursue other interests and John Neal, from Plymouth, Vermont became the new General Manager starting in July 2010. Good luck, John!  During the spring, summer and fall the Hunt Hollow staff undertook many projects some of which will be visible to members and others not so apparent.

The old ski school bell which has beckoned the beginnings of ski school classes and various races over the years now has a new home. It now resides above the stairway to the lift and ski racks on an arch made from trees from the Hunt Hollow property and was installed by the staff on a weekend project. It will once again be used for special occasions and events.

The history of the bell goes back to around 1905 and was on a barn on the Fred Wohlschlegel farm located in the Hunt’s Hollow hamlet at the bottom of our ski area.

The bell is from the Naylor, Vickers & Co. in Sheffield, England and was produced in the mid 19th century. It is said that as of July 2008 there are only 171 of these bells in North America.

Other projects included the reconstruction of the Mid-station lift attendant building, replacing the main lodge carpet, building an outdoor fire pit, and installing self-service tool benches for binding repairs and adjustments, along with other chores including lift maintenance, snow groomer repairs , grass mowing and general outdoor maintenance.

Once again the Christmas and February ski and board camps were a huge success during the 2011 season. According to George Rudy, the ski school manager, there were 550 kids attending these camps. Weekday ladies group had a 50% increase this year with 30 participants and many of these ladies took advantage of the newly introduced yoga sessions after their ski lessons.

These improvements have been made in keeping with the desire of our founding fathers to make skiing at Hunt Hollow a thoroughly satisfying experience. Your present board has the same goal.

The 2011-2012 ski season at Hunt Hollow was not helped much by Mother Nature. The hill crew did an outstanding job of making and grooming what little snow we did have but the hill was closed for the season on March 18th.

The ski club was busy all summer with various projects completed by the maintenance team. Among them was the installation of a new snowmaking line on the south side of Upper Main Street to enable more snow guns on that area. We acquired ten snowmaking guns to make snow from both sides of the mountain. New doors were installed on the parking level of the Lodge. A new roof was installed on the compressor house in order to eliminate leaks. The Riesenburger family generously donated 2 large flat screen TVs for the lodge. Maintenance was completed on the lift operators houses and weekly general maintenance in and around the lodge and grounds kept the area in exceptional condition.
The biggest news of the year was our acquisition of a “new” to us lift. After a 2 year search this lift was found in Snowbird, Utah. It was known there as “Little Cloud” and was fully operational until the end of 2012 season when it was dismantled to make room for a replacement lift. It was transported to Hunt Hollow on flat bed trucks and placed in the upper, upper parking lot.
The Club secured financing for the purchase and installation of this lift but installation will be determined upon reaching the goal of 540 members.
Ski Patroller, Bob Andre, received recognition as the “National Oustanding Instructor. HH Ski Patrol was awarded the “Outstanding Large Alpine Patrol Award for 2011/2012” This award is presented to only one patrol each year.
Even though we did not have a great amount of snow the Sportschool was full for camps, group lessons and private lessons. George Rudy, head of the Ski School is a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and attended a seminar in December at Mt. Snow, Vt.

An exciting year started out to be rather lacking in natural snow for the 2012-13 season.  We had a couple of thaws which set back any progress that had been made to cover this hill with snow for the season.  However, when it did get cold enough the hill crew did, as usual, a fantastic job in getting the mountain trail up and running as soon as possible.

The big focus this spring and summer is in getting the “Little Cloud”  lift up and running.  A 540 membership goal was needed to start the project, therefore a big push was taken to gain that goal.  Chairs for the new lift were ‘sold’ to club members whose names would be inscribed upon ‘their’ chair.

Several non-skiing events took place during the season:  on three Friday evenings the “Swooners” were found in the lodge playing jazz for folks sitting around the fire, eating dinner or sipping a glass of wine;  There were two wine tasting events highlighting local wineries; lobster lovers enjoyed another “Lobster Palooza” put on by Trish and her crew.

March Madness weekend was kicked off by the first:”Back Tie and Blue Jeans” Gala on Friday, March 22.  This was an especially delightful evening, extremely well attended.  Members enjoyed a delicious dinner served again by Trish from the Brown Hound. It is hoped that this event will become an annual affair. There were lots of prizes to be won in a live or silent auction.

On Sunday, a beautiful day the hill was full of families enjoying the games and competitions for March Madness.

iPhone users were introduced to our very own app which gives the conditions on the hill, which trails are open and you can even find out who is skiing that day.

As spring came around the corner a crew from Dopplemaier arrived to begin the installation of the second lift.  The hill has been alive with workers digging trenches for power lines and communications, digging holes for the bases for the towers and finally installing the towers themselves.

John Neal, our General Manager, left Hunt Hollow to return to Vermont to pursue another career.  Jodi and Arden were to continue as Mountain Manager and Business Manager respectively and Joe Callaghan was appointed part time general manager for the upcoming season.


During cold weather over 25 million gallons of water was transformed into snow during the 2000-2001 season. The most significant natural snowfall fell in March, 2001 The season ended on April 8, 2001 after operating 79 days, resulting in the best season ever for Hunt Hollow.

Realizing the need for more man made snow, the Board of Directors continued to work on the snow making expansion project which was postponed in 1999. As soon as the ski season ended Paul Trippi and his crew began draining the snow making pond in preparation for the million dollar improvement to our operation. The week before Memorial Day the stream leading to the pond was diverted and on May 29 the work began on the enlargement of the pond. In all 18,000 yards of dirt was excavated which will result in a 500% increase in water volume. All summer long an army of contractors were visible moving dirt, building the new pump station, running 5,000 feet of new water pipe up the mountain, and moving a barn building which was situated on Frank Lovejoy’s former property. The barn has been placed next to the T-bar and will become the master control room for snowmaking. The upstairs portion of the barn will become the office of the Mountain Manager. The mid station pump house was removed and the Mid Station area of Main Street has been significantly widened.

The project will continue next year and the rewards of all the hard work will be seen in the 2002-2003 ski season which will be bound to ensure the viability of the club.

The weather during the 2001–2002 ski season ranked warmest in the 123 year record keeping history. November through January was the nation’s warmest such period since the National Climate Data Center began keeping records in 1895. Despite this fact, Paul Trippi and his crew were able to keep the majority of the ski area snow covered by carefully managing the snow making procedure to times when the temperatures were the coldest.

Some great improvements greeted the members: the Hunt Hollow Ski Patrol and first aid station moved to their new building at the base of the main lift and the rental shop was expanded to include the former first aid station in the main lodge.

Many of the improvements completed during the summer of 2001 were not totally visible to the membership, such as the expansion of the snow making pond to 4 million gallons of water, the installation of a high efficiency pump and 10 new snowmaking guns.

The Hunt Hollow Race Team continued their quest for victory with another banner season. There were 101 racers and 16 coaches. The team was represented at Kandahar, the States and Francis Piche Invitational. Through the generosity of 40 Hunt Hollow members the Hunt Hollow Ski Team raised 20,000 which was earmarked for a new surface lift in order to provide access to Meadows and the Terrain Park. The area was cleared and the lift installed ready for use in the upcoming season.

The summer of 2002 saw the addition of a second pump, more hill pipe on Cascade, Meadows and Dipper, and the purchase of 10 more high efficiency snow guns will triple our snowmaking capacity. It was due to the efforts of Paul and the Operations Committee that the project was expanded to include the piping on Cascade and the guns by reductions in the project cost and grant money we received for the installation of the energy efficient equipment. These installations completed the second phase of the snow making project.

Another exciting addition to the skiing at Hunt Hollow was the installation of lights on Sky Coaster. These lights were obtained from the former Ski Valley Ski Club and the poles were donated by a Hunt Hollow member.

This season began with a record breaking sign-up of 18 new members at the 2002 fall Colorfest. They were not to be disappointed, as we had the second earliest opening day in our 36 year history on November 30, 2002. (The earliest was Nov. 25, 1989.) By early December, 9 our of the 18 trails were open for skiing and the SnowSports school filled December Camp with 110 students.

Membership grew by 60 new members, the Race Team membership had 115 racers, February Camp enrolled 118, Ski and Play had 85 and the Jr. Mountain group had 105. The new surface lift donated by the Race Club proved to be beneficial to the racers and boarders alike.

The snowmaking system was turned off for the season on January 21 after 598 hours of operation. In previous years hours of snowmaking ranged from 900 to 1200 hours per season proving that the new snowmaking system made a difference in this year’s coverage, allowing the Club to operate for 85 days—one of our longest seasons!

During the summer months the HH crew was busy fine tuning this new system, clearing 11 brush, painting the exterior of the Lodge and black topping the driveway. A children’s play area has been added to the outdoor picnic ground. More finishing touches were added to the surface lift. Late in the summer lights were installed on Bumps, Wayne’s Way and Cascade. Areas through the woods leading from Cascade to Ragged Edge, Route 66 to Main Street and Main Street to the Seven Turns area were cleared to allow for glade type skiing and boarding this winter.

Along with the “terrain park” on Main Street the skiers were surprised one winter morning when they found terrain features on Wayne’s Way making this a very popular spot on the hill for youngsters and those not so young! The glades that were cleared in the summer of 2003 were officially named The Gauntlet and Timberline by a vote of the Board after considering 60 names that were submitted by members.

Forty-six competitors entered Hunt Hollow’s annual USASA SB Slope style event and the competing boarders and skiers deemed our terrain park the best in New York State.

The snowmaking personnel pumped more water in 70 fewer hours than in 2003 resulting in more snow in less time and at higher temperatures.

The “Snowsports School” had over 200 kids in the regular weekend programs and 100 in each of the December and February camps. The race team had over 125 very successful racers who brought home the Dianne Roffe Trophy for the fifth time.

Over the summer of 2004 a new water well was dug at the top of Lovejoy. The Ski Patrol have been busy building a new warming shelter at the top of Main Street and further work has been done on preparing trails for glade skiing.

During the summer of 2005 the Board of Directors approved Phase I of an addition to the Main Lodge. The immediate issue was to address the shortage of lockers and the growing need of more space on the first floor. Construction was started on September 19, 2005 for the basement level with space for approximately 75 lockers. Phase II for the first and second floors will be completed at a future date.
The Hunt Hollow Ski Patrol designed, donated and installed a beautiful new trail map with lights designating whether the trails are open or closed.

These improvements have been made in keeping with the desire of our founding fathers to make skiing at Hunt Hollow a thoroughly satisfying experience. Your present board has the same goal.

During the summer of 2006 a deck and a tent were installed on the roof of the new north locker area complete with heat lamps and benches for outdoor eating to alleviate the crowded dining conditions in the lodge.

“Whoop-de-doo” is the name given to the new “adventure trail” for kids located at the lower end of Dipper.

2007, our 40th anniversary year, ushered in many changes at Hunt Hollow. A new welcome sign was made and installed by local artist Will Schlegel.

The season got off to a late start due to the warm December. Enough snow was made to enable the Christmas Ski and Race Camps to proceed as planned with over 400 skiers, boarders and racers participating. The season finally got underway in January and lasted until well into March. We gained the largest ever membership in the history of Hunt Hollow with 484 members, resulting in the issuance of 2300 active passes.

In the Spring of 2007 Linda Campbell, who was Office Manager for nearly 30 years, announced her retirement at the end of the season. Paul Trippi, our Mountain Manager, resigned to take on other responsibilities. Rick Roxin, who was President of Hunt Hollow at the beginning of the season, resigned to become the new General Manager and Greg Sherman was hired as the new Director of Mountain Operations.

As soon as Rick was on board the final stage of the long-awaited construction of the lodge’s expansion was begun. The lodge is now almost double in size with new upstairs toilets, a nursery for children, an updated reception area, an area for meetings and conferences, plus many more amenities the members will enjoy. The grand opening was celebrated at Colorfest.

The 2007-2008 season marked the long-awaited debut of the lodge addition, and the increased inside space and seating, expanded deck, new and enlarged repair/rental shop, ski shop for retail sales and larger locker area were welcomed by all!

On the mountain the “7 Turns” trail was transformed into the new home of the terrain park. Selected trees were removed to straighten the trail. The south side of Lower Main Street, where the terrain park was previously located, was restored for use by all members for their skiing and snowboarding pleasure.

The off-season also witnessed various snowmaking upgrades, including the addition of tower, sled and fan snow guns and a third pump, all designed to open more terrain sooner than ever! Other mountain improvements included construction of a new lift attendant building at the top of the chairlift, a picnic/observation deck at the covergence of Skycoaster and Wayne’s Way (with a view of Rochester nearly 60 miles away!) and new sets of exterior stairs to access the deck and chairlift loading area.

Membership numbers remained strong, with a record 250 kids were involved with the Hunt Hollow Race Team, and a similar number involved in the Snowsports School’s many programs and camps.

On July 24, 2008, a summer cloudburst damaged the work done on the new Terrain Park, where the Seven Turns trail was previously located. Fortunately, the newly renovated lodge escaped largely unscathed, with most of the damage limited to the road leading from the lodge to the Hunt Hallow Village.

The season had 79 operating days, starting on December 6. As a result of an upgrade in snowmaking equipment, including the addition of the third pump and more snowguns, by January 14, all the trails were open, including a halfpipe measuring over 250 feet in length complete with walls 14 feet in height. 56 million gallons of water was pumped over 520 hours of during snowmaking operations. The new Terrain Park and Halfpipe proved highly popular with skiers and snowboarders of all ages.

The Hunt Hollow Race Team continued to grow both in size and success. Nearly 245 Racers competed for the club, led by 38 coaches. 61 of the racers competed in post-season competition.


The summer of 1990 was a beehive of activity. Forest Management began with the harvesting of mature trees from the mountain. New and larger snow snowmaking pipes were installed on Main Street, Dipper and Lovejoy. These pipes were moved from the middle to the north side of the mentioned slopes, giving us more skiable areas. Lights were also installed by Hunt Hollow members on Dipper (upper and lower) and Lovejoy. A new Logan LCM power tiller was purchased, the newest member in the family of the tiller Hunt Hollow acquired in 1984. Long Range planners are looking ahead to Hunt Hollow’s future in regard to enlarged skiing areas, new up hill mobility and Lodge expansion.

The dream of the Long Range planners came to fruition in 1991 and 1992—the summer of 1991, as always, was a busy one at Hunt Hollow. The mountain crew dismantled the cable, arms and power house of the existing double chair lift in order to modify it with triple chairs, thus increasing our uphill capacity to 1850 per hour. This was done in conjunction with an expansion of the Club House to include an updated kitchen area for our daily food service operator, the addition of much needed eating and lounging area, upstairs loft designed for private parties, a child care room, updated Ski Patrol room, addition of 2 mini-kitchens including microwave ovens and sinks for members use, and a very popular ski rental shop. All of these projects were completed in time for opening day on December 20, 1991.

As soon as snow melted on the mountain in the spring of ’92, the bulldozers were at work north of the Dipper cutting out a new double diamond mogul trail. A full membership contest is planned for the upcoming season to name this new trail. The BOD negotiated with NYSEG to re-install full electric power for lift and hill lighting. While crews were busy on the mountain an extensive resurfacing of the access road and repair to existing parking lots was completed.

The winter of 1992–93 proved to be the best for skiers in long, long time. As an added bonus, on March 14, Mother Nature dumped three feet of the white stuff on the mountain which prolonged Hunt Hollow’s season by three more weeks and recording a record 84 ski days.

In the spring of 1993 the bulldozers were at work cutting yet another trail, named “Wayne’s Way.” This black diamond is north of “Bumps” accessible from “Sky Coaster” and intersecting “Joyride” just above the big bend. Snowmaking was installed on the new trail and the existing main water line for making snow was upgraded. The road to the Lodge was oiled and stoned in the early spring. The membership bid goodbye to Karl Kapuscinski, who accepted a position in California, and welcomed Douglas Holler as Mountain Manager. Douglas came to us from Ski Windham and Black Mountain in New Hampshire.

During the summer of ’95, Bruce Wohlschlegel, the right hand man to the last four mountain managers, retired after sixteen years of dedicated service to Hunt Hollow. Even without Bruce’s presence, work continued on the mountain to improve the coming winter’s snow conditions: Three new fan type snowmaking guns have been ordered; 1500 feet of underground drainage tile was installed on Main Street and Glade; T-bar attendant buildings have been replaced with new ones; the chairlift corral area has been enlarged and the base of Lovejoy has been reconfigured to make it easier for beginners and ski school students. The old ski school bell which was on top of the T-bar house has been removed and has been relocated to the Ski School gathering sign and will be rung at the beginning of ski school lessons.

The summer of 1996 proved to be a busy one at Hunt Hollow. In order to increase water capacity our snow making pond on County Road 36 was dredged and enlarged giving us 20% more water. Also, a nearly-new compressor was obtained to enhance our snowmaking capabilities.

Up on the mountain the snowboarders half pipe was reconfigured to enable better grooming and an enlarged area for the boarders. A new connection from Seven Turns to Main Street has been made which should allow a better and safer traffic flow onto Lower Main Street.

The founder of Hunt Hollow, Dr. Frank Lovejoy, died on July 31, 1997. The Lovejoy slope, Joyride and the Lovejoy Racing Series are named in recognition of Frank Lovejoy. Hans Stoever retired after 30 years of service to Hunt Hollow as Ski Patroller, Instructor and most recently as Ski School Director. Dianne Campbell has been named as his successor and will be assisted by Steve Draxl. Membership rose to 415 during the season.

During the summer of 1998 a new Terrain Park was built on Lower Main Street on the south side of the lift. The Park features table top jumps, moguls and rollers. It will be available to skiers and boarders alike. The old ‘half pipe’ on Lovejoy was graded and ultimately will allow faster and more accomplished skiers coming down Lower Dipper and 7 Turns onto Lovejoy without having to cut into Lower Main Street.

After an eager fund raising campaign consisting of seeking donations and holding raffles, the HH Ski Patrol raised $60,000 and began construction of their own Ski Patrol Building which is located just below the main lift. Plans call for completion in 1999.

In early 1999 the Board of Directors approved the snowmaking expansion project which will greatly increase our snow making capabilities.

Mountain Manager, Doug Holler, submitted his resignation to take a position of General Manager at Swain Ski Area. Ron Crozier from Snowshoe/Silver Creek in West Virginia was hired to replace Doug. Unfortunately, Ron did not stay with Hunt Hollow very long, and resigned in the spring of ’99. The search committee did not have to look very far to find a new Mountain Manager, Paul Trippi, who has been with Hunt Hollow for six years, first as a part time employee and recently full time. Paul has directed the snowmaking efforts including snow making, equipment maintenance and supervising workers.


During the summer of 1981, the management of the Club was divided between the office and the hill. Linda Campbell was designated Office Manager while Jim Slating undertook the task of managing the shop and the mountain. In keeping with modern technology, Linda Campbell converted the office from a pen and pencil bookkeeping system to a complete computer operation. A food catering service was offered to the members in 1982.

“The Year of the Lights” was proclaimed in 1983. Under the direction of President Paul Fox, board members Glenn Webster, Al Millikan and Dave Borchard, spent almost a full year from 1982 to 1983 investigating the type of lighting needed for the mountain, the cost of materials and the cost of installation. In the summer of 1983, approximately 15 members, contributed over 600 man hours of labor to physically install 36 light towers on Main Street, Glade and Meadows.

During the years 1982 and 1983, a new snow grooming technique emerged on the market; a machine which was able to pulverize ice and hard packed snow into a powder surface. It was obvious to the Board of Directors that Hunt Hollow’s present grooming equipment needed to be upgraded. After two years of study and research the Board of Directors authorized the purchase of a Logan LMC 3700C with hydraulic power tiller, hydraulic compacting bar and a hydraulic ten-way front blade. This state of the art grooming machine arrived at the club on October 12, 1984, just in time for our annual Colorfest Open House.

The 1984-86 Board with Wayne Gilman as President organized more Hunt Hollow innovations. On February 10, 1986, the Board voted to purchase diesel generating equip- ment to replace purchase of electricity from NYSEG. The generators were installed during the summer and fall of 1986 with the guidance of Al Millikan and Glenn Webster.

The Hunt Hollow Race Center was formerly inaugerated on Colorfest, October 19, 1986. Dick Bartlett, who previously organized our Junior Race Team, was the inspiration for this new concept. All Hunt Hollow racers are welcome to use the facilities in the race center located at the bottom of Glade. That same Colorfest witnessed the dedication of the Founder’s Grove at the top of Main Street, honoring our twelve original founders.

In 1988 Karl Kapuscinski joined Hunt Hollow as our Mountain Manager. Under his enthusiastic management we opened for skiing on December 10. A very successful membership drive gave us 311 members.

1989 saw a number of changes on the mountain: “Skycoaster;’ a new novice trail from the top was carved out of the hill behind the existing Joyride, a second compressor was purchased, and snowmaking was installed on Ragged Edge making Hunt Hollow slopes 100 % equipped with snowmaking. With the gift of cold weather early in November we opened the weekend after Thanksgiving—the earliest ever!! Our membership rose to an all time high of 338.


By the 1969-70 season, membership had expanded to the club’s limit of 310 and there was a two year waiting list of prospective members. The club property was purchased from Dr. Lovejoy. To add to the club’s treasury, members picked and sold the grapes on the club property; 27 tons were picked in the fall of 1969. While the designated picking weekends were always dismally wet, local Hunt Hollowers doggedly sloshed through the mud with their baskets.

In 1970, Earl Cornish arrived from Aspen, Colorado to be Hunt Hollow’s general manager with Jim Slating designated as assistant general manager. The lodge was expanded by 300% to include the sundeck and locker room, 209 lockers having been purchased for $50 from the Country Club of Rochester when its old clubhouse was torn down.

The Lovejoy race series was inaugurated during the 1970-71 season. Two identical hand-carved trophies were obtained in Oberammergau, Germany. One was presented to Dr. Lovejoy in appreciation for his service to the club; the other has been kept in the clubhouse and is awarded annually to the top male and female racer competing in the Lovejoy Series. The same season marked Hunt Hollow’s first Winter Carnival.

Through the years continued improvements have been made to the facilities. Under the auspices of Earl Cornish, the first new trail was added to the original plan of Hunt Hollow. Clearing for the first half of Cascade was begun in 1969 and the second half was completed in 1972. Expanded snowmaking was installed on Cascade in 1980. Meanwhile, Big Dipper was added in 1970, followed in 1973 by the most challenging trail on the mountain, Ragged Edge, but was not skied until February, 1974 due to lack of snow.


In the early 1960s, the area we know today as Hunt Hollow fell under the gaze of two local skiers, Miles Agan and Edward Cator, who thought it had possibilities as a location for a year-round recreation area. Agan obtained an option to buy the land and he and Cator got together a group of 14 people, each of whom put up $100, to explore the suitability of a public ski area to be called “The Four Seasons.”

Nothing much came of the venture and the option was about to expire when along came Dr. Frank Lovejoy of Rochester. He saw the area as ideal for a private ski club and conveyed his enthusiasm to Richard Garrett and Robert Siebert, two Rochester contractors. Dr. Lovejoy offered to buy the land from its owners, William and Mildred Wohlschlegel, Norbert Buckley and Elizabeth Townson, and rent it for $1.00 a year to a club if one were formed. Messrs. Garrett and Siebert, in turn, volunteered their time and services. All three came through. Fifty or so of Dr. Lovejoy’s skiing friends contributed $50.00 each to finance a feasibility study for a private ski club based on a country club concept. Otto Schniebs, the noted designer of ski areas, was hired to do the layout. In 1966 the club was formed, the first Board of Directors consisting of Dr. Lovejoy, Charles Wadhams, Edward Macomber, Sargeant Wise, Edward Cator, Richard Garrett, Edward Harris and Robert Siebert.

It was determined that a minimum of 150 members was needed before construction could begin, 280 if snow making equipment was to be installed. The first membership offering was sent out in October, 1965. Despite the heroic efforts of the planners, however, corraling the necessary members was slow going; by the winter of 1966 only 85 members had signed up. The turning point came at a membership picnic at Hunt Hollow promoted by Henry Hamlin and Robert Roman on April 16, 1967. Free hamburgers and hot dogs, beer and ski tours of the area were provided. Every time a new family joined, a bugle was sounded. Ninety-nine families entered the fold that day. By June 1, 1967, the membership goal was reached and Hunt Hollow was off and running. It was the first private ski club in the United States to have the necessary money in hand before construction began.

Jim Slating was hired from Holiday Valley at Ellicottvile, New York to manage the area and work commenced in the spring of 1967. It was not easy. Trucks carrying concrete for the tower footings had to be hauled up the hill by bulldozers; for the top towers, concrete had to be carried down bucket by bucket.

The first day of skiing at Hunt Hollow was January 6, 1968, with Main Street, Joy Ride (named after Dr. Lovejoy) and the T-Bar in operation. The Glade slope was carved in the summer of 1968, Cascade during 1969.

Willy Migl came from St. Anton, Austria in the winter of 1967 to run Hunt Hollow’s first ski school and stayed three years. Incidentally, the bell for the ski school is over 100 years old and came from the Wohlschlegel farmhouse. Edward Cator formed Hunt Hollow’s first ski patrol, the nucleus coming from the Powder Mill’s ski patrol which had been dissolved. The first steak roast was held in the fall of 1968.

Joan Cunningham, Club Historian