When fables meet fall lines.
Sharp Mountain
Pottsville, Pennsylvania

Stan Miller writes about a former Pennsylvania ski area:

    “Another Lost Ski Area is the former Sharp Mountain, which was in Pottsville, PA. Pottsville just celebrated its bicentennial. Some events were held at the Pottsville Club, which was the Ski Lodge for Sharp Mountain. You can just barely tell how the trails went by the building. My local Ski Club, the Flying Dutchmen Ski Club (based out of Reading, PA), used it as its home mountain for quite awhile.”
Woody Bousquet found this Sharp Mountain brochure for sale on eBay. Image provided by eBay / Woody Bousquet.

Ad: Canaan Valley Resort

11 years ago
Ad from 1969 Ski Atlas on teachski.com

Barry Johnston
10 years ago
I learned to ski at Sharp Mountain in 1966. My first pair of skis was wooden, bought at Norm’s Ski Shop on Market Street in Pottstown. I remember skiing with Steve Mensch and Bob Koch. I also remember the first girl to ever notice me was someone I met at Sharp Mountain. Her name was Lisa Paige and she was a member of a ski club from the Wilmington Delaware area. We all thought it was funny a ski club would actually plan a ski trip to Sharp Mountain. I also remember the Lipton Brothers, whom I would meet again when we worked together as Ski Instructors at Hahn Mountain. My family moved to Orwigsburg the same time Big Valley (later Hahn Mountain) opened and I switched loyalities at that time. It was closer and (only by a hair) bigger.
9 years ago
it is a shame
now the pottsville is being run into the ground so they could build condos on the beautiful mountain
9 years ago
i mean pottsville club
Barry Johnston
9 years ago
This past week, I was skiing Okemo Mountain In Vermont and I went up the lift with an old timer. Somehow I found out he was orginally from Coaldale. I remembered a gentleman from Coaldale opened up a ski shop on West Market Street shortly after Sharp Mountain opened. I could not recall the gent’s name, but the guy sharing the chair with me did. His name was Norm Richards. I bought my first (and second) pair of skies from Mr. Richards.
Wendy Miller Zimmerman
9 years ago
I worked at the ski school when the lodge first opened. I did appointments or something clerical as I don’t ski.The owner of the Pottsville Pizzeria owned the school I think. It was so long ago, I had forgotten all about it.I quit to move to Texas. I was very disappointed to hear that they closed the lodge.
Barry Johnston
8 years ago
You are correct, Wendy. The owner of the Pottsville Pizzeria was the Ski School Director. His first name was Lou, but I cannot recall his last name. I think his wife was an instructor also.
Al Mosser
8 years ago
My sister Lindy says that Lou’s last name is Paparazzo.
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