January 11, 1964

Frank S. Linnel and Russel J. Smith open Satan's Ridge ski area: three slopes, one mile-long trail and two lifts - a chair and a rope tow.

1969

Satan's Ridge purchased by Channing Murdock, owner of Butternut Basin in Great Barrington, MA, and renamed Ski Sundown.

1970s

Snowmaking and night lighting were added, and first triple chairlift in Connecticut was added, that transported skiers to the top of the mountain. Trails were added, widened, and improved.

1978

Richard Carter purchases Ski Sundown from Channing Murdock. Rick had been employed by Ski Sundown as General Manager since September 1969.

1980

Sundown joined 24 other ski areas nationwide as a consortium, Dendrite, to develop more energy efficient snowmaking processes and equipment. Richard Carter elected President of this group and involved with every step of the research project. Sunnyside Beginner area added to the network of trails

1996

8,000 square foot addition made to the base lodge.

1999

Addition to the Rental Shop was completed, which more than doubled the capacity of that building and streamlined the process of renting skis and snowboards.

2002

Robert Switzgable, an employee for 19 years and at the time the General Manager, purchased Ski Sundown from Richard Carter.

2003

CT's first Terrain Park installed at Ski Sundown under the direction of Sundown's first Terrain Features Manager (a newly created position), Jarrod Moss.

2004

Pond View Room with satellite kitchen added to lodge.

2005

CT's first Adaptive Ski School Program launched at Ski Sundown (Ski Sundown is affiliated with STRIDE, Inc., a nonprofit adaptive skiing and recreation organization for individuals with disabilities.)

2009

Rebuild and upgrade of the Pump House and compressors, delivering increased capacity and efficiency of snowmaking, and allowing us to make snow on every trail at the same time.

2013

Addition of 20 new tower guns to the snowmaking fleet, bringing it to a total of over 180 tower and fan guns delivering 100% snowmaking on each and every trail. Tore down the old Mueller double chair on Little Joe and replaced with a 300 foot "magic carpet" lift.

2014

Addition of new expert trail, Satan's Stairway, which is the steepest trail in Connecticut and arguably one of the most challenging mogul runs in Southern New England.

2019

Celebrating our 50th Anniversary as Ski Sundown!