Lost Ski Area

  • Dutch Hill Ski Area Earns a New Turn in the Backcountry
    Dutch Hill Ski Area Earns a New Turn in the Backcountry

    Bill Beattie started skiing at Dutch Hill in the 1950s when he was seven years old. The Vermont ski area, which opened in 1944, featured a 570-foot vertical drop and was known as having some of the steepest terrain around. Located five miles from the Massachusetts...

  • A Plan to Save Mount Ascutney Ski Area
    A Plan to Save Mount Ascutney Ski Area

    Ascutney Mountain may not be a lost ski area for long. The West Windsor ski area, which went bankrupt and closed in 2010, could be turned into a community recreation area offering backcountry skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The town just needs to raise...

  • The Legacy of Pine Top Ski Area Lives on in Vernon
    The Legacy of Pine Top Ski Area Lives on in Vernon

    On Huckle Hill in Vernon sits a lost Vermont ski area that closed 50 years ago. Pine Top ski area operated between the 1940s and 1960s with three rope tows and four trails. With a vertical drop of 400 feet, Pine Top offered  terrain for novice,...

  • A 100-Mile View from Hogback Mountain
    A 100-Mile View from Hogback Mountain

    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...

  • Lost Ski Area: Snow Valley in Winhall

    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...