“My family skied the Bear Rocks ski area in the years 1970-73. The trail angled off to the skier’s right and then made a 90-degree bend to intersect with the main slope about three quarters of the way down.
The main slope was a straight shot down the face, somewhat flat at the top and bottom with a decent intermediate pitch in the middle.
I am a little fuzzy on this but I believe there was a rope tow on the gentle grade between the lodge and chair base that served as a beginner area.
The area used Dupre style snowmaking towers down the middle of the slope which had a tree-lined ‘island’ down the middle similar to what is found on the North Face at Seven Springs.
The Lodge was a beautiful, multi-level stone and wood building that doubled as the Bear Rocks Common in the summer.
Like most areas of the time, there was no noticeable grooming. Although I am not sure, I think the winter of 1973 was their last year in operation.
The lodge housed a restaurant for one or two years afterwards but burned down under ‘mysterious’ circumstances.