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Mapping the 10 Tiniest Ski Resorts in North America

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Tiny ski hills have a charm all their own. While mega resorts like Big Sky, Whistler Blackcomb, and Vail absorb most of the discussion surrounding winter sports, a lot of people get their first introduction to skiing or riding at a much humbler local hill. Small ski areas dot the Midwest and Northeast, providing easy, affordable entries into the sport and sometimes creating future X-Gamers like Louie Vito and Danny Davis. You can still find old-school Poma lifts, rope tows and quite a bit of ski history if you know where to look. In honor of Micro Week 2015, Curbed Ski has mapped the 10 tiniest ski resorts in North America.

The resorts are ordered from smallest to largest, based on vertical feet (not skiable acreage or any other criteria). We were generous and took resorts at their word with their reported vertical drop. Curious about who has the biggest skiing in North America? Check this out. Upset that we missed one? Send us an email or let us know in the comments.


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1. Sawkill Family Ski Center

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167 Hill Road
Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 336-6977
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The Sawkill Family Ski Center might be the smallest ski area in the world, with only 70 vertical feet.

2. Four Lakes Ski and Snowboard Area

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5950 Oakwood Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 963-3267
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Four Lakes, with only 100 feet of vertical, is conveniently located near Chicago.

3. Mount Molson

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536 Laurentian Drive, Petawawa
ON K8H 2N1, Canada

Canada's Mount Molson has lasted more than 50 years with just 125 feet of vertical drop.

4. Cloudmont Ski Area

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721 Co Road 614
Mentone, AL 35984
(256) 634-4344
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Cloudmont limits its 150 vertical feet to only 275 people at a time.

5. Powderhouse Hill

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Agamenticus Road
South Berwick, ME 03908
(207) 384-5858
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Powderhouse Hill has been called the smallest ski hill in America in the past, but its 175 feet of vertical disqualify it from holding the title (by just a bit!).

6. Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area

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Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 8800 Chalet Road
Bloomington, MN 55438
(763) 694-7800
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Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area has a terrain park and is close to the Twin Citites, but only 175 feet of vertical.

7. Villa Olivia

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1401 West Lake Street
Bartlett, IL 60103
(630) 289-1000
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Banquet hall, restaurant, golf course and ski hill. Villa Olivia does it all with only 180 vertical feet.

8. Great Bear Recreation Park

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5901 East Rice Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57110
(605) 367-4309
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There's some uncertainty about just how small Great Bear really is. By some accounts it has 178 vertical feet while others say it's as large as 200 vertical feet. The debate rages.

9. McIntyre Ski Area

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50 Chalet Court
Manchester, NH 03104
(603) 622-6159
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McIntyre Ski Area has two lifts, eight trails, and 200 feet of vertical drop.

10. Mt. Holiday Ski Area

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3100 Holiday Road
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 938-2500
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With 200 vertical feet, Mt. Holiday is now run as a youth-focused nonprofit.

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1. Sawkill Family Ski Center

167 Hill Road, Kingston, NY 12401

The Sawkill Family Ski Center might be the smallest ski area in the world, with only 70 vertical feet.

167 Hill Road
Kingston, NY 12401

2. Four Lakes Ski and Snowboard Area

5950 Oakwood Drive, Lisle, IL 60532

Four Lakes, with only 100 feet of vertical, is conveniently located near Chicago.

5950 Oakwood Drive
Lisle, IL 60532

3. Mount Molson

536 Laurentian Drive, Petawawa, ON K8H 2N1, Canada

Canada's Mount Molson has lasted more than 50 years with just 125 feet of vertical drop.

536 Laurentian Drive, Petawawa
ON K8H 2N1, Canada

4. Cloudmont Ski Area

721 Co Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984

Cloudmont limits its 150 vertical feet to only 275 people at a time.

721 Co Road 614
Mentone, AL 35984

5. Powderhouse Hill

Agamenticus Road, South Berwick, ME 03908

Powderhouse Hill has been called the smallest ski hill in America in the past, but its 175 feet of vertical disqualify it from holding the title (by just a bit!).

Agamenticus Road
South Berwick, ME 03908

6. Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area

Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 8800 Chalet Road, Bloomington, MN 55438

Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area has a terrain park and is close to the Twin Citites, but only 175 feet of vertical.

Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 8800 Chalet Road
Bloomington, MN 55438

7. Villa Olivia

1401 West Lake Street, Bartlett, IL 60103

Banquet hall, restaurant, golf course and ski hill. Villa Olivia does it all with only 180 vertical feet.

1401 West Lake Street
Bartlett, IL 60103

8. Great Bear Recreation Park

5901 East Rice Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57110

There's some uncertainty about just how small Great Bear really is. By some accounts it has 178 vertical feet while others say it's as large as 200 vertical feet. The debate rages.

5901 East Rice Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57110

9. McIntyre Ski Area

50 Chalet Court, Manchester, NH 03104

McIntyre Ski Area has two lifts, eight trails, and 200 feet of vertical drop.

50 Chalet Court
Manchester, NH 03104

10. Mt. Holiday Ski Area

3100 Holiday Road, Traverse City, MI 49686

With 200 vertical feet, Mt. Holiday is now run as a youth-focused nonprofit.

3100 Holiday Road
Traverse City, MI 49686