At Mohawk State Park, skiing became increasingly popular after 1933. Some of the roads through the forest were turned into ski trails. The Camp Toumey CCC workers built the first downhill trail in 1939 under the direction of Rolf Holdvedt and the Connecticut Ski Council.
Ski slopes are closely associated with pine trees. While they create an Alpine look, they also help reduce the effect of wind on the snow. Pine trees are also used as a visual guide, distinguishing one trail from another.