Nashoba Valley Ski Area, in Westford, Massachusetts, celebrates its 50th birthday this year. On Feb. 27 lift tickets go for the 1964 price.
Nashoba Valley founder was Alan Fletcher, Sr. a lifelong ski enthusiast who wanted to run a hill of his own in the western suburbs of Boston. Two of his adult children now run the area, which boasts 250 vertical feet served by four chairlifts plus a number of surface lifts, including a very unusual dual rope tow. Son Alan, Jr. is the general manager and daughter Pam heads up marketing, public relations and events.
Pam is best-known in skiing circles as a longtime member of the U.S. Ski Team, and she represented our country in the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary.
Above are two photos I took of Pam when I visited Nashoba a couple of days after the 50th. We skied every trail together, then had a wonderful lunch in The Outlook, the restaurant on the second floor of the base lodge, which commands a sweeping view of the slopes.
Want a super skiing deal? On Thursday, Feb. 27, Nashoba Valley rolls back its ticket price to the 1964 level — $2.50!
Below is a small selection of historic Nashoba Valley photos from the 1960s-1970s, provided by Pam.
The take-home message: History is more fun when it’s local and linked to the present.