Kevin Whipple writes about a ski area in Pennsylvania called Devil’s Hill. According to Kevin, the location is on state game lands off Devil’s Hole Road in Paradise Valley, Pennsylvania. “It is difficult to find, but a real interesting hike,” says Kevin. The area was forced to shut down in the 1950’s after a fire started by a nearby railroad destroyed the base lodge and most of the hillside.
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I have a PA hiking book that states this also used to operate as a speak easy during prohibition due to its secluded location.
I've done this hike half a dozen times over the years. We have old PA hiking books in our home which state that this location was a former speakeasy in the 20's. The location and the buildings could have been kept in use beyond the end of prohibition. However, I find it highly unlikely the location was ever used for recreational skiing. The location is amid a thick hillside forest, there's no signs of any slopes having been clear-cut long ago, and there are plenty of other recreational ski facilities in the area. Also, the rig up the trees was to hoist materials and machinery down the mountain to the speakeasy.