Nice pic....haven't a clue, but my gut says southern NH area.
Was paying more attention to the woman up front on the tow. Looks like she's hanging on for life. The gent third back looks to have the proper technique.
I'll pull a guess out of my hat and say Brookline
Well, Mr. Magic, I'm scratching my head on this one. Not that I was around in 1940 to ski this area ... but I'm looking for geographic clues in your photo.
All the evergreens are spruces or firs. I can't spot any pines, which leads me to place this scene in the north part of northern New England -- e.g., Rutland VT or points north. It's interesting to note that while evergreens predominate at the base of the rope tow, hardwoods predominate on the distant hills. (Probably means only that the ski hill faces north -- duh!-- or else a fire swept over the hills a while ago, which would encourage birches.)
Those hills in the distance should be a clue, but I can't place them. They are rounded but not rocky or ledgy. No big mountains in this view. Many places in VT would match this scenery; fewer in central NH or Maine.
Maybe I should just start clicking NELSAP pages.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Here's a map from a reader from 10 years ago - I don't have a larger version. It shows two tows at two different areas. The southernmost one matches up with the now defunct Prospect Mtn. The more N'rn one could be the Hedgehog Hovel tow - I did a google earth view, attached, of near the northernmost tow is - and it looks like it matches up with Chris' photo, including Route 9 (Molly Stark Trail).
On the map it does show Hedgehog Hovel on the left side of the road. The articles I have mention Hedgehog Hovel - which is near that second tow.