Discover Lost Ski Areas at MCL
Hidden amongst the hills and mountains of southern Vermont are the remnants of 60 former ski areas. Today, only 14 remain open and active in southern Vermont. On Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m., Jeremy Davis, founder of the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, looks into the over-investment, local competition, weather variation, changing skier habits, insurance costs and just plain bad luck that caused these ski areas to succumb and melt back into the landscape, in a free illustrated talk titled ‘The Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont.’ From larger ski areas like Snow Valley and Maple Valley, to Clinton Gilbert’s farm in Woodstock, where the very first rope tow began operation in the winter of 1934, these once-popular ski areas left an indelible trace on their communities and the history of Vermont.
Davis is a passionate skier and has enjoyed exploring skiing history from the moment he learned how to ski. An operations manager/meteorologist at Weather Routing in Glens Falls, N.Y., he provides professional weather forecasts to marine clients worldwide. He has served on the New England Ski Museum’s Board of Directors since 2000. His website, nelsap.org won the prestigious Cyber Award in 2009 for best ski history website from the International Ski History Association. He is the author of four books, ‘Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains,’ ‘Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont,’ ‘Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks’ and ‘Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks,’ with the last two books winning the International Ski History Association’s Skade Award for outstanding regional ski history. Davis is a member of Ski Venture in Glenville, N.Y., one of the oldest surviving ski clubs that still operates a rope-tow only ski area. He resides just outside the Adirondacks near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The illustrated lecture is hosted by MCL and is sponsored by The International Skiing History Association (ISHA), a US-based nonprofit organization working to preserve and build awareness of the sport’s heritage through its skills and long experience in editing, research and publishing. ISHA publishes Skiing History, a print magazine read six times a year by skiers, researchers, Hall of Fame members, Olympic and World Cup racers, and resort and industry leaders around the world. ISHA also operates skiinghistory.org, the world’s most-extensive website dedicated to skiing history, and presents the annual ISHA Awards for the year’s best ski-history books and films. ISHA’s office is in Manchester Center.