Woodbury Closed Indefintely
Woodbury Ski Area Updates Status to Permanently Closed
The Connecticut ski area did not operate last winter.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
Woodbury Ski Area, December 12, 2017
Less than three months after plans emerged to reopen Woodbury, the ski area has updated its Facebook page to read "permanently closed." According to a spokesperson for the area, Woodbury is currently closed for the season while a buyer is sought.
Woodbury's history dates back to the early 1960s, when it was known as Tapawingo ski area. Former US Ski Team member Rod Taylor took over the ski area in 1972, renaming it Woodbury Ski and Racquet Club and improving it with a new chairlift and lodge.
As a hedge against poor winters, Taylor developed an off season business at the area, including zip lining, summer tubing, and a climbing wall. The area also developed a popular annual reggae festival.
After Rod Taylor's passing in 2014, his widow Carolyn kept the area open and promoted longtime employee Scott Damato to general manager. Investments in recent years included installing new snowmaking pumps, purchasing two modern Prinoth BR350 snow cats, and the homologation of a ski racing slope.
However, in the midst of a statewide drought, Woodbury was unable to open for the 2016-17 season, resulting in refunds being issued to season passholders.
In 2017, Carolyn Taylor decided to put the ski area up for sale. A comeback of sorts was mounted in September, when the area hosted the Viking Run and announced plans to reopen for the 2017-18 ski season while a buyer was sought. However, no additional news emerged, and in subsequent weeks, equipment appeared to be removed from the hill.
On December 2, Woodbury updated its Facebook hours to "Permanently Closed."
According to the Woodbury Town Tax Collector, the ski area has not changed hands. In addition, there are back taxes on the property dating back to July 2017.