The small but wonderful Snow Valley ski area in Winhall, Vermont operated between 1938 and 1982. The mountain had 15 trails with memorable names like Steeple Chase, Bulldozer, Boomerang, and Misery (a tough trail!).
Growing up in nearby Manchester, I was fortunate enough to spend my childhood skiing at four Vermont mountains – Stratton, Bromley, Magic Mountain, and Snow Valley. When Snow Valley closed, locals and out-of-state visitors mourned the loss of this no-frills, friendly little mountain.
Nearly 30 years later, plans to revitalize Snow Valley as a private ski area are in the works, thanks to a relatively new owner who is trying to bring the mountain back to life. You can read more about the rebirth of Snow Valley on the New England Lost Ski Areas Project’s website, which has an extensive history of lost and revitalized ski areas. Visit www.nelsap.org.
(Courtesy of Eric Maloney and the New England Lost Ski Areas Project).