Robert Williams describes a ski area known as “Zippo Ski Slope” that may have been affiliated with George Blaisdell, the founder of lighter manufacturer Zippo Manufacturing. Robert writes:
- “I became aware recently of another lost ski area in Bradford PA while doing some research. The area was known as ‘Zippo Ski Slope’ and operated from 1945 until ‘the early 70’s’. Various accounts credit George Blaisdell, the founder of Zippo Manufacturing as being the driving force behind the area. There isn’t much data on the area, although an image shows a single slope with what appears to be a rope tow or poma. Several accounts mention that the area was located in Callahan Park, just outside the city. Zippo even manufactured a commemorative lighter, shown on this web page -; scroll down about halfway to see the lighter and an image of the ski slope.”
Bill O’Hara has also provided some information on the Zippo Ski Slope. A book on the Zippo Company history references the slope; excerpts can be read on Google Books by clicking here.