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. 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.
Ski instructor Joan Miller of Glenville explains how to “snow plow” on skis during a lesson at West Mountain in 1967. From left are Nancy, John and Tom Carroll of Woodside Drive in Glenville.
The Brandt family, operators of the West Mountain Ski Center in Queensbury, show off a new ski lounge in January of 1967. Standing from left are Mary and Mike Brandt, Loraine and Claude Brandt, and Sallie and Paul Brandt.
Two young skiers prepare for a lift up and a ride down at West Mountain in 1967.
Jim Miller of Glenville goes through the gates on the West Mountain slalom course.
Olaf Gilbrensen skies through a ring of flame during a party celebrating the opening of West Mountain’s new ski lounge in January 1967
Sweaters and smiles are part of the “après-ski” party inside West Mountain’s new lounge in January 1967.