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Homer Second Rope Tow

1955 to Early 1960's

Name of Ski Area: Browning's Homestead, 2nd Rope Tow
Location: Homer, 1 mile in from the fork on Ohlson Mountain Road, north side of the road, on the Browning Homestead.
Type of Area: Ski Hill, Cross Country Ski Trails
Dates of Operation: 1955 to Early 1960's
Who Built It?: Kachemak Ski Club
Base/Top/ Vertical Drop:

Base: ~1250' / Top: ~1450' / Vert: ~200'

Lifts: Rope tow, gas engine driven
Facilities: Warming hut
Miscellaneous: You would drive out to the hill and park off the road at the top of this ski area.  Having the tow engine next to the road offered convenience dealing with gas and batteries for the engine. You would then ski down the hill and get towed back up.  The warm-up hut from the first rope tow was pulled by tractor to this new site. Skiers eventually complained that the hill was too short, that it lacked the terrain to spread out the skiers.  This rope tow was moved to the present Homer ski hill on leased Harbison & Strutz property towards Ohlson Mountain.
Sources of Information:

Robert H. Moss, a written summary of the Kachemak Ski Club (1948-1996); Dave Schroer; John "Jake" McLay; David Scott

Photos: Does anyone have pictures of skiing on the 2nd Rope Tow Hill (or current pictures of the vicinity) that they would like to contribute to ALSAP ?

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Jake McLay Photos from the late 1950's / early 1960's

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[Photo credits: John "Jake" McLay]

Slalom racer at the Browning's Homestead Rope tow on the Ohlson Mt. Road.  Note rope tow in background. Racer on course at Browning's Homestead, site of Homer's second rope tow. Mid McLay races slalom.  Note the vehicles parked on Ohlson Mt. Road at the top of the ski hill.
  There was also a cross country course at the Browning Homstead.  The exact location is still being researched.  Here the McLay brothers finish their race.  

An image of an 1950's Kachemak Ski Club patch. 

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Patch courtesy of David Scott

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On this topo map you can see the location of the Kachemak Ski Club's 2nd Rope Tow.  The top of the tow was right beside the Ohlson Mountain Road. 

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A 1996 aerial view shows where the 2nd Rope Tow was located in relation to the town of Homer.

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Zooming in from the aerial view, the approximate location of the 2nd Rope Tow can be seen.

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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


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

"Jake" John H. McLay Skiing Recollections



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