WOODBURY – Skiing and tubing may return to Woodbury Ski Area on Washington Road under a plan presented to the Zoning Commission last week by West Hartford-based Celadon Productions.
Celadon wants to develop a master plan for Woodbury Ski Area and its facilities that will generate additional revenue streams, maximize the capabilities of the facilities, and attract a broader audience and attendance base to the facilities and community.
For example, Celadon would get rid of the existing zipline and existing skate park area but consider adding golf driving and putting ranges. It would also look to make Woodbury Ski Area a year-round destination for family- and community-friendly events, celebrations, and activities.
Celadon said that year-round operations will provide broader community resources, tourism, local jobs, and economic growth for Woodbury and the surrounding area.
The Woodbury Ski Area also wants to generate additional revenue with sponsorships and other brand partnerships.
Kara Kenney, CEO of Celadon Sports & Entertainment, presented the slide show as a pre-application review, which the commission said it was receptive of. However, the commission also recommended it talk with the Zoning Board of Appeals because of work it has proposed to the buildings and concerns about ambulance and emergency requirements.
Woodbury Ski Area was opened in 1972 by former U.S. Olympic skier Rod Taylor, who passed away in 2014. It has been closed since a severe drought in 2016. The 35-acre property is assessed at $262,830, according to the Woodbury Tax Collector’s office.