The famous “100-Mile View” from Hogback Mountain in Marlboro is more than just a pretty place. When you stop at this popular scenic overlook on Route 9 (the Molly Stark Byway), you’ll find gorgeous views of forested land and mountains in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
But if you look a little closer, you’ll find remnants of Vermont’s ski history and meet people who rallied together to protect the land from development.
Formerly a ski area owned by the White family for 40 years, Hogback Mountain closed in 1986. Thanks to the efforts of local residents, the mountain remains a treasure for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The Hogback Mountain Conservation Association purchased the property a few years ago and eventually transferred the land to the Town of Marlboro and the property’s conservation easement to the Vermont Land Trust.
Hogback is now open year-round to the public for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more.
Diana Todd, who helped raise money for the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association purchase, said there are many small buildings still standing on the mountain, including a ski patrol building, lift operator shacks, and a snack bar at the base of the lifts. The towers that supported the t-bar lifts are still intact, and old ski slopes have become hiking trails.
Jeremy Davis, of the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, said what makes Hogback unique as a former ski area is that it’s open for public recreation, includes historical remnants, and is maintained. “It is easily accessible and even backcountry skiers can enjoy it,” he said.
When you stop at the Route 9 overlook at Hogback, you’ll want to soak up the incredible, sweeping, long-distance views to the south and east. But also set your sights on exploring Hogback. If you’re looking for beauty, nature, community and history, you won’t have to look very far.