The third artifact from the BTHS collection is a ski trail sign from the former Innsbruck USA Ski Area, which was a popular site for winter recreation throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Located on Maxian Road, at the site of the present-day Aqua-Terra Park, Innsbruck boasted T-bar lifts, snow-making equipment, and approximately 16 trails (based on a 1972 trail map).
Many town residents, both current and former, have fond memories of Innsbruck. The Ski Area was popular for both day and night skiing, as well as for the (often colorful) parties held in its lodge. Moreover, it provided a winter job for numerous residents, who worked the ticket and rental desks, the lifts, and as ski instructors.
Innsbruck closed in the late 1970s, after a relatively short existence. Recollections by former employees cite financial troubles as the cause, with the Ski Area apparently closing at some point during its final winter season.
While the lodge is gone, and the major equipment was sold and removed, ample evidence of Innsbruck USA remains today, and is accessible due to the land’s re-purposing as a Broome County park. The trails, although overgrown by the reclaiming forest, are still visible. Remnants of the Ski Area can be found by hikers, and include former equipment platforms, and even portions of the lift equipment.
For additional information, visit the Innsbruck USA page at the New England Lost Ski Areas Project site, which includes a summary, historic photos, and present-day images of the site.
You can also view video footage from Innsbruck on YouTube! User Lisa Kost has posted a great video that shows skiers on the mountain while it was in operation.