Some skiers drive east for their mountains. Others head north.
Still others go West — to West Mountain.
In 1967, the Brandt brothers and their wives were running the ski center on West Mountain Road in Queensbury. Mike and Claude had opened the place for the 1961-62 season.
“We wanted to get into some sort of business,” Mike Brandt told Gail Shufelt of the Schenectady Gazette. “Claude was the skier and I was a real novice, but skiing is what we decided.”
Brother Paul joined the team in November 1965.
The Brandts added and improved each season. By ’67, skiers were on the popular “Go-Go” trail, almost an open slope, and the advanced intermediate “Holy Mackerel” trail, among others.
In January of ’67, the gang celebrated the opening of a new ski lounge. They were also glad to see young people strapping up and sliding down. “We want to encourage skiing among the kids,” Brandt said.
West Mountain is now owned by Mike Barbone. It has eight lifts and 40 trails, spread over 124 acres.