Thunder Ridge Ski Area

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Thunder Ridge
Thunder Ridge Ski Area Logo.jpg
Thunder Ridge Trail Map
Thunder Ridge Trail Map
Location Patterson, New York
Nearest city Patterson, New York
Vertical 600 ft.
Top elevation 1270 ft.
Skiable area 90 acres (360,000 m2)
Runs 21
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 Yes: 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 90% 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 management of the Putnam County National Bank after the owners retired.[2]

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

Trails[edit]

Thunder Ridge Ski area has 21 trails. 9 of which are accessible from the Triple Chair, 6 from the double chair, 2 from both chairs, and 4 bunny hills. It has 7 Black Diamonds 4 Blue Squares and 10 Green Circles.

Accessible from Triple Chair
Name Rating
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 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
Name Rating
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
Accessible from Both Chairs
Name Rating
Sissy Schuss Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
The Road Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Bunny Hills
Name Rating
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

Lifts[edit]

Thunder Ridge has 3 chairlifts and 4 magic carpets. Two of the chairlifts are double chairs, and the other is a triple chair. An abandoned T-Bar survives intact, but a base and end is all that remains of an abandoned rope tow and an abandoned handle tow. It is largely unknown about who manufactured Thunder Ridge's chairlifts, but it is suspected that it might have been Borvig or Partek Ski Lifts. Mighty Mite made the abandoned handle tow, but it is unknown who made the abandoned T-Bar or the abandoned rope tow.

References[edit]

  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

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°30′26″N 73°34′52″W / 41.50722°N 73.58111°W / 41.50722; -73.58111