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This weekend, January 26th-27th, we will be opened for all activities. Our beginner cross country ski trail will likely be closed due to the recent rain, but our intermediate and expert trail will be open.
We are expecting more snowfall for Sunday!
Bearpen Mountain has long been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Over the years, the natural beauty and challenging terrain of Bearpen Mountain has attracted hikers, snowshoers, and skiers alike.
Bearpen Mountain was also once home to the Princeton Ski Bowl from 1955 to 1969. The mountain was founded by Ben Lane, then a student at Princeton University. As the president of the Princeton Outing Club, Lane scouted areas in upstate New York for hiking and skiing. He eventually fell in love with Bearpen Mountain and established several trails descending from the 3,600ft summit, the highest elevation of any ski area in the Catskills.
Skiers were shuttled from the parking lot to the summit lodge by army trucks. However, the heavy snowfall would often be keep the "cableless chairlift" from reaching the summit. After several years of operation, Princeton Ski Bowl closed its doors in 1959.
Decades later, Bearpen Mountain continues to draw outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life with new owners. The father-daughter team of Howard and Dominique Rennell hope to share their enthusiasm for the outdoors and their love of Bearpen Mountain with visitors. Once again, Bearpen Mountain is a home for winter sports!