Pocono Lake Preserve

Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania

Kevin Whipple describes a lost ski area in Pennsylvania formerly located near the Pocono Lake Preserve Community:

This topographic map shows the approximate lift location. The road directly to the northwest of the area is Stoney Brook Road. Image provided by Kevin Whipple.

Looking up the towline from the base of the slopes. Photo provided by Kevin Whipple.

Looking down the towline from the summit of the slopes. Photo provided by Kevin Whipple.

The entrance to the main meadow on skier’s right of the towline. Photo provided by Kevin Whipple.

The base of the main slope, on skier’s right, from the bottom of the hill. Still fairly clear. Photo provided by Kevin Whipple.

The top of the trail on skier’s left of the towline. It’s more grown in, and had tree islands and gladed sections. Photo provided by Kevin Whipple.

The base of the narrow trail on skier’s left of the towline. Photo provided by Kevin Whipple.

 

A 3-d image from Google Earth. Image provided by Kevin Whipple.
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Reader Comments

John Henry
February 4, 2008
I am the manager of Pocono Lake Preserve and have lived in the area most of my life. In my youth I worked for Lake Naomi developer Logan Steele. The Ski Area you describe here was never associated with Pocono Lake Preserve. It was actually Lake Naomi. Logan Steele the developer of Lake Naomi purchased this tract of land in the 1960's and had plans to develop it into additional second home sites. He had the ski slopes cleared in anticipation of building the development. The machine operator who cleared the slopes was named Leon Keiper. Mr. Steele dropped development of the Lost Lakes Area in favor of what became Timber Trails. The ski area never operated. There was never a lift. I dont know of anyone who ever actually skied there. In the early 1990s the estate of Mr. Steele transferred the property to the PA Game Commission. Funds to subsidize the purchase were raised by The Nature Conservancy. It is now State Game Lands.

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