Colton Historical Society offering presentation on history of Snow Bowl
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 2:46 pm



Snow Bowl, once owned and operated by St. Lawrence University, included a ski jump, ski slope, and miles of trails in South Colton. Photo from SLU Archives.

COLTON – A presentation on the history of Snow Bowl by the Colton Historical Society is at Colton-Pierrepont Central School, State Rt. 56, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14.

The free event, part of Colton’s Winterfest Weekend, will be in the school cafeteria

Once a popular ski destination just south of the hamlet of South Colton, the facility, owned and operated by St. Lawrence University, included ski jumps, cross-country trails, and downhill trails.

Snow Bowl was the largest university-operated ski center in the United States in the 1950-51 ski season, according to Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks.

Cyndy Hennessy and Mary Jane Watson of the CHS are inviting others to share historic photos and memories of the facility. This includes people who helped manage and operate Snow Bowl and also train skiers, such as Bob Axtell who continues to share his love of skiing at Higley Flow State Park.

The complete schedule for Winterfest Weekend, posted on the town’s website (, includes a new Snowmobile Fun Ride. Updates also are posted on the Town of Colton page on Facebook.

For more information about the Snow Bowl presentation call Cyndy Hennessy at 315-262-2524.