Brookline Ski Area, Big Bear Ski Area
GPS Coordinates – 42.729784 / -71.669545
Brookline once had it’s own ski area and it operated off and on between the 1930’s until it’s final demise in the late 1980’s. Now the home of the Andres Art Institute the mountain is available to the public to walk on, and in the winter is part of the local snowmobile trail network.
Although you can’t snowmobile or mountainbike down the old ski trails, you can hike or snowmobile up to the top of one of the old trails and enjoy the view on a clear day. From the top of the hill, you can see the old Brookline Railroad depot in the bottom left of your view when looking East. To the center in the far distance is the Brookline General Store. In the lower right is the site of Bingham lumber that used to be the site of the old Brookline Race track.
The Andres Institute was formed in 1998 and Paul Andres has continued to offer up his land and facilities to artists from all over the world. The mission of the Andres Art Institute is as follows: “Andres Institute of Art shall serve and advance the intellectual and social well being of the public by educating and training artists, by promoting the integration of art and technology, and by supporting fine arts.”
At Andres, there is a surprise around every corner of the mountain. There are over 75 sculptures on 140 acres covered with wooded trails. It’s a fantastic walk and you can even find some remnants of the old race track at the bottom when you begin your hike. Depending on the time of year you make your trek, you’ll be treated to the sounds of nature with the birds chirping and squirrels bustling through the leaves. With sculpture and something new to see around every corner, Andres is a place you definitely want to visit! Want more info about Andres? see their website http://andresinstitute.org/