Big Rock Candy Mountain
The center was named by Mrs. Kathleen Rockwell Lawrence, the owner’s daughter, after she heard the old folk song: “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” which Burl Ives sings.
“Troy Area’s Newest And Nearest Ski Area.” Times Record. January 18 1969: 24.
Located in the rolling back hill country north of Troy, N. Y., Rock Candy’s 800-foot elevation provides a view of the Berkshires to the east and the sprawling expanse of the Hudson and Mohawk River valleys to the west. It also provides some excellent day-and-night skiing.
The farms which surround it have changed little since pre-Revolutionary War days. And in fact, Rock Candy’s lodge is a slightly converted barn which came with the 200-year-old house across the road.
The prime mover and chief enthusiast behind Rock Candy is a recently transplanted anesthesiologist named Dr. Eugene Rockwell, which gives an inkling as to how the slope got its name.
O’Brien, Bob. “Big Rock Candy Mountain.” Skiing 22(6). February 1970. 118-119. https://books.google.com/books?id=US68VNXAxSIC&pg=PT12
“Big Rock Candy Mountain.” New England Lost Ski Areas Project. http://www.nelsap.org/ny/bigrock.html