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Ti Snow Club served community

The Ticonderoga Snow Club was organized in 1936 at a meeting held at The Burleigh House. Rupert Wickes was elected president by the board members: Judson Morehouse, Ken Shults, David Jones, Clayton Breed, R. Ackerman, and Frank Mc Donald.

This town supported project had 20 miles of snow trails in The Lord Howe Valley, a building for warming, food, conveniences and equipment storage. A ski tow was leased from Fred Pabst for $4,100 and 15 cents charged for its use. This tow was later purchased by the town in 1938 for $675. There was also an exciting toboggan slide.

Weekend rail service left Grand Central in New York City at 9:15 Friday nights, arriving in Ticonderoga at 3:54 a.m. Saturday. The pullman cars remained heated until 9a.m., when bus service was available to hotels and rooming houses, Fort Ticonderoga and the fort museum.

The return trip left Ticonderoga Sunday at 9 p.m., arriving at Grand Central at 7:35 a.m. Monday. The all inclusive price was $18-$19. In 1938, The Schenectady Sports Club also sponsored two trips via rail, Jan. 8 and Feb.5, from Schenectady and two from Albany, Jan. 29 and Feb. 26.

By 1941, ski trips became more popular to the North Creek area and the railroad discontinued the snow train service to Ticonderoga. The project failed dismally and in 1945 the taxpayers voted to abandon the whole idea.

The Fish and Game Club asked permission to use the facilities and consequently leased the building.

This series of articles is compliments of Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, located in the 1888 building at the entrance of Bicentennial Park.

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