The Proctor Ski Area is a great asset to Proctor’s downhill and cross-country ski programs, while also serving thousands of regional skiers. Trails were cut on the north-facing ridge overlooking the Blackwater River in the 1960s, but it was the addition of a 1400-foot T-bar lift in 1970 that set the facility apart. In the decades that followed, the ski area has been improved with top-to-bottom lighting, extensive snowmaking and the finest grooming equipment. New England’s most reliable ski jumps and early-season cross-country loops are serviced by an additional lift and their own snowmaking guns. Proctor’s commitment to the ski area is secure. In 2007, the school is invested more than $550,000 in improvements, including a new T-bar lift, additional lighting and snowmaking! The base lodge, known as “Yarrow’s Lodge,” offers changing areas, two wood stoves, dining space and a full kitchen, serving up burgers, chili, cocoa and more to hundreds of athletes and spectators. Its massive second-story deck, which faces the slalom racing slope, features an additional grille for special events.
The value of the ski area to Proctor athletics is immense. One coach observes, “We hit the slopes just minutes after classes end, with no time wasted for transportation. And let’s face it: commercial ski areas don’t like having racing teams training on their best slopes. This little gem is all ours, and our racers love it!” The list of organizations utilizing the Blackwater is extensive: Proctor’s cross-country and downhill ski racing teams, championship snowboarding teams, jumpers, five local high school racing teams, local elementary school developmental programs, Bill Koch ski programs….the list goes on.
In addition to hosting several all-New England events each winter, the ski area shows its best to the prestigious Macomber Cup racers, which includes Darmouth’s Carnival team, and several elite university squads. Keeping the ski area in top shape is a whole Hill Management Team, aided by a skilled Ski Patrol Team, which is staffed by Proctor students. Interested in hitting the slopes? Contact the Admission Office to make arrangements! View the Proctor Ski Area ScheduleDIRECTIONS:
Coming from the: South: I-93 North to Exit 17, Route 4 West 17 miles into Andover. Go left at "Jake's Market" onto Lawrence Street. 3/4 mile go right onto Blackwater Lane (there is a Blackwater Ski area sign on the left side of the road).
Southwest: North on I-91 to Claremont/Springfield. Follow Route 11 across to Andover (one hour) OR stay on I-91 to White River Junction; pick up I-89 South; take Exit 11; turn left onto Route 11; follow Route 11 to Andover. Go right at "Jake's Market" onto Lawrence Street. 3/4 mile go right onto Blackwater Lane (there is a sign on the left side of the road).
Northwest: At White River Junction get on I-89 South; take Exit 11 (second New London exit); turn left onto Route 11; follow route 11 to Andover. Go right at "Jake's Market" onto Lawrence Street. 3/4 mile go right onto Blackwater Lane (there is a sign on the left side of the road).
North: From Maine take I-95 South to Portsmouth Circle; take Route 4 West to Andover. Go left at "Jake's Market" onto Lawrence Street. 3/4 mile go right onto Blackwater Lane (there is a sign on the left side of the road).