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Homer Elementary School Practice Hill

1951 to 1952

Name of Ski Area: Homer Elementary School Practice Hill
Location: Homer, on a small hill where the hospital now resides
Type of Area: Ski Hill
Dates of Operation: 1951 to 1952
Who Built It?: Jake McLay
Base/Top/ Vertical Drop:

Base: ~330' / Top: ~410' / Vert: ~80'

Lifts: None
Miscellaneous: Elementary school students (about 65) were given ski lessons by Jake McLay here every Friday morning.  The students would walk up the hill and ski back to school after the lessons.
Sources of Information:

Jake McLay

Photos: Does anyone have pictures of skiing on the Elementary School Practice Hill (or current pictures of the vicinity) that they would like to contribute to ALSAP ?


This topo, from 1961, shows the location of the Homer Elementary Practice Hill at the base of the bluff on the north edge of Homer.

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A 1996 aerial shows Homer and the former location of the Practice Hill.

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Zooming in on the aerial view, Homer's hospital now occupies the site of the Practice Hill .

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Research Correspondence 

Kachemak Ski Club History, 1958-1996 by R.H. Moss

"Jake" John H. McLay Skiing Recollections



Links to Homer Lost Ski Areas:

Fred Anderson Rope Tow

Homer Elementary School Practice Hill

Homer First Rope Tow

Homer Second Rope Tow

Ohlson Mountain Air Force Rope Tow

Svedland - McLay Hill



Do you have further information, stories or pictures that you would like to contribute about this ski area?