Kevin Whipple describes a resort in Pennsylvania that previously ran two rope tows:
“Penn Hills Resort in Analomink, Pennsylvania (Monroe County) used to offer a couple of rope tows right at the resort. These ran very briefly, and as I understand it, the resort got in a little trouble for having them. Penn Hills remains a year-round resort with many amenities and activities for its guests. It’s located right on Route 191/447, just north of Analomink.
Two short tows served two short slopes on about 100 feet of vertical. Oddly, the main slope stretched further up the hill from the summit of the tow. Skiing it would require skiing back under the tow line. From the top of that slope, there was a narrow wrap-around trail that led back to the top of the second (shorter) slope. Both of these trails would have required a hike, which I don’t know was allowed. These slopes were probably more popular with sledders than skiers. The resort offered a steerable sled for guests (and still does I believe). The slopes are still used today by the resort for sledding and whatever else. The owners of Penn Hills also own Alpine Mountain Ski Area right up the road, and offers ski packages.”
The Penn Hills Snowy Area was not a ski resort. It was an amenity for guests only and was only open if there was natural snow. It was only in operation for about 4 years. It was closed because the owner bought a ski area nearby.
The Ski area was purchased with the name of "Timber Hill" and has since been changed to "Alpine Mountain Ski and Ride Center"
cindy, this area is completely separate from alpine mountain (formerly timber hill) still operating down the road - this was just two short rope tows located right on the Penn Hills Resort a couple of miles down on 191/447 - both owned by the same entity - it might not have been open to the public even (guests only), but I'm not sure