Hey all! I recently visited what remains of the Pocono Manor ski area. Sadly the historic hotel itself is no more as well, having burned down at the end of 2019. This was one of the last examples of the grand hotels of the Poconos, and it will be missed.
A surprising amount of old ski infrastructure remains. The alpine ski area seems to have been established around the mid 1960s, although it seems that cross country skiing was established on the trail network around the area going back much further, perhaps to the 30s or 40s. The first lift I can find a record of was the main top to bottom lift which was in fact a J-bar, not a T-bar. It was a rather unique piece of equipment being manufactured by a company called Larchmont which only made a few other lifts in the early 60s before getting out of the business. It's interesting to note that the drive for this lift is at the top terminal, not the bottom. The towers and terminals of the J-bar still stand but are very overgrown, although the lift line itself is still easily discernible in the woods. I'm not sure on an exact closing date. Seems to be sometime in the 1980s. They had a snowmaking system which covered two fairly wide straight slopes with a decent pitch on about 250 vertical feet for the main slope and a shorter slope on about 125 vertical feet. That shorter slope was serviced by its own lift, however this was not, at least not always a rope tow. A T-bar manufactured by Poma was installed there in the 1970s and in fact you can still find sections of haul rope and T-bar grips and assemblies in the woods besides the slope. I can't speak to whether this slope continued to the bottom before being shortened. I do know the T-bar only serviced the top 125 vertical feet. It's also possible they removed the T-bar for another rope tow on this slope for snowtubing after the ski area closed. There were a couple trails that seem to have led from the bottom of the short slope down to the bottom of the J-bar though. The lodge, which was at the top is also gone. It had been converted to a private residence but at some point in the last few years was demolished.
For an area that has been abandoned for over 30 years this place is surprisingly well preserved. With the destruction of the hotel now it remains uncertain what the future for this property will be.
You can see a walk through of the remains of the ski area here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMv509-kw9Q