Steve Portias

AOL

#1 Aug 9, 2008
Does anyone know anything about or have photos of the old "Ski Land", from the early 1960's. It was located just north of valley, behind the "Hub" Bar and Restaurant, between Pepper and Riverside Ave. It was huge with an Island in the middle...the remains are still there including the Snack Bar, Palm Trees, Island, Ticket Booth, Changing Rooms, Picnic Tables, and more, but has been fenced off and closed down for 40 years. It was a lake around the Island that pulled Skiers on a Cable. For some reason it never went over and it seems nobody remembers it like I do.
Steve Portias
E-mail: [email protected]
cyndee

AOL

#2 Jun 8, 2009
my parents skiied there when i was 5 so that was in 1970. i loved going there. we have old movies of that place. i have a photo of my aunts coming out of the out houses there. they were really nice
Lyn Killian

San Diego, CA

#3 Mar 6, 2012
Steve Portias wrote:
Does anyone know anything about or have photos of the old "Ski Land", from the early 1960's. It was located just north of valley, behind the "Hub" Bar and Restaurant, between Pepper and Riverside Ave. It was huge with an Island in the middle...the remains are still there including the Snack Bar, Palm Trees, Island, Ticket Booth, Changing Rooms, Picnic Tables, and more, but has been fenced off and closed down for 40 years. It was a lake around the Island that pulled Skiers on a Cable. For some reason it never went over and it seems nobody remembers it like I do.
Steve Portias
E-mail: [email protected]
It was called the Colton Cable Ski-Way
Naomi

Seattle, WA

#5 Jul 16, 2014
Hello Steve:
Yes, I remember Ski-Land well. I was almost killed there in 1967 in a horriffic skiing accident. Another boat ran over me (with the engine prop) in the water. It was a very long year of recovery. Whatever happened to the place? Or do you know? Needless to say, we never returned.
Terry N

Encinitas, CA

#6 Aug 21, 2014
I worked there in the mid sixties for a summer. It was always breaking down when a big crowd was there, it was a good idea that needed to be perfected. I remember skiing there in the morning no boat wake, water like glass. Also remember sitting in the tower cranking down ropes to the dock,every so often the rope would not disengage from the cable hook and that rope would go sliding by my dangling legs scaring me half to death. As a high schooler in the sixties, all my buddies working there I remember having a great time.
Marlene B

United States

#7 Oct 6, 2014
Terry N wrote:
I worked there in the mid sixties for a summer. It was always breaking down when a big crowd was there, it was a good idea that needed to be perfected. I remember skiing there in the morning no boat wake, water like glass. Also remember sitting in the tower cranking down ropes to the dock,every so often the rope would not disengage from the cable hook and that rope would go sliding by my dangling legs scaring me half to death. As a high schooler in the sixties, all my buddies working there I remember having a great time.
My dad was the original operator of the Cable Skiway. He went to Germany with the builders to bring the concept to Colton. I was a freckle faced little blonde kid who was thrilled when Paul Revere and the Raiders performed for a production of Where the Action Is. My friend and I were perched on top of the "shack" that housed all of the ski gear etc. I didn't own a camera in those days so I TOO would love to see photos or footage of the old place. Had a blast for many summers there....
Steve Portias

San Bernardino, CA

#9 Dec 12, 2014
Lyn Killian wrote:
<quoted text> It was called the Colton Cable Ski-Way
I have photos of the sign out front, on Valley Blvd., saying Cable Ski Land, eventhough many people called it Cable Skiway
Steve Portias

San Bernardino, CA

#10 Dec 12, 2014
Naomi wrote:
Hello Steve:
Yes, I remember Ski-Land well. I was almost killed there in 1967 in a horriffic skiing accident. Another boat ran over me (with the engine prop) in the water. It was a very long year of recovery. Whatever happened to the place? Or do you know? Needless to say, we never returned.
It was only in business there for a few years. It has been closed for over 45 years. Most all of it is still there, the hole where the water was, the cable area, the tunnel, changing room, island, picnic tables. They just tore down several other buildings like the snack bar and ticket booth. Most people have no idea what it is, with the weeds grown over....the tunnel is really spooky....homeless.
Steve Portias

San Bernardino, CA

#11 Dec 12, 2014
Terry N wrote:
I worked there in the mid sixties for a summer. It was always breaking down when a big crowd was there, it was a good idea that needed to be perfected. I remember skiing there in the morning no boat wake, water like glass. Also remember sitting in the tower cranking down ropes to the dock,every so often the rope would not disengage from the cable hook and that rope would go sliding by my dangling legs scaring me half to death. As a high schooler in the sixties, all my buddies working there I remember having a great time.
Have any photos
Ski4Ever

Durham, NC

#13 Jan 2, 2017
Ahh, Ski Land! My brother and I were just talking about it today, and prompted me to look it up. I was ~10 or so when my family and friends (at least 10 of us) would go there in the early 60's. I don't recall the cable, tho'-- we had outboards... We all skied, mostly slalom. It was a great place to work on form and endurance! My dad loved to ski with his buddies in the Long Beach channels, so Ski Land was an easy place to ski with little surface action.
I clearly remember the gooey mud there-- fun for kids.
So sorry that it had to close-- guess it had liability issues. I saw the Google sattelite map showing the road across the middle of it. Looks like livestock ponds now.
Cindylu

Corona, CA

#14 Jan 12, 2017
Share your pics.
Brian Webb

Pomona, CA

#15 May 31, 2017
Steve Portias wrote:
Does anyone know anything about or have photos of the old "Ski Land", from the early 1960's. It was located just north of valley, behind the "Hub" Bar and Restaurant, between Pepper and Riverside Ave. It was huge with an Island in the middle...the remains are still there including the Snack Bar, Palm Trees, Island, Ticket Booth, Changing Rooms, Picnic Tables, and more, but has been fenced off and closed down for 40 years. It was a lake around the Island that pulled Skiers on a Cable. For some reason it never went over and it seems nobody remembers it like I do.
Steve Portias
E-mail: [email protected]
If you take San Bernardino ave between Sycamoe & Pepper turn into the county building on the south side, go around the building to the rear parking area and look thru the rod iron. The view is amazing you can see almost the while course to this day. YES IT IS STILL THERE!!!
Brian Webb

Pomona, CA

#16 May 31, 2017
If you take San Bernardino ave between Sycamoe & Pepper turn into the county building on the south side, go around the building to the rear parking area and look thru the rod iron. The view is amazing you can see almost the whole course to this day. YES IT IS STILL THERE!!! I'm down there every couple weeks, if you don't live local I can shoot a few pics to revive that memory bank for you. I was a kid and I was afraid to let go, thus making it look as if I was a he'll of a skier when in fact I was terrified.

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