Photo from SLU Archives

Lead-up activities to Colton’s Winterfest Weekend includes a presentation about Snow Bowl being hosted by the Colton Historical Society (CHS) on Sunday, January 14 at 2pm. The event is free; and given the expected interest in the presentation the event is being moved from the Colton Town Hall on Main Street to Colton-Pierrepont Central School along State Highway 56. It will be held in the school cafeteria where there is plenty of seating plus audio-visual equipment.

The presentation is being hosted by the CHS to share with others the history of Snow Bowl which once was 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 in the 1950-51 ski season, according to Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks, the largest university-operated ski center in the United States.

On behalf of the CHS Cyndy Hennessy and Mary Jane Watson are inviting others to share historic photos and memories of the facility. This includes people who helped manage and operate Snow Bowl as well as train skiers, including 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 just announced last week by the SUNY Canton Alumni Office. Updates also are posted on the Town of Colton page on Facebook. For more information about the Snow Bowl presentation please call Cyndy Hennessy (315-262-2524).

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Snow Bowl, once owned and operated by St. Lawrence University (SLU), included a ski slope, ski jump, and miles of trails in South Colton. The history of the once active ski area will be shared on Sunday, January 14 at 2pm in the Colton-Pierrepont Central School Cafeteria, not the Colton Town Hall as previously announced. The free event is in lead up to the town’s Winterfest Weekend on January 25-28.