Hidden Ski Areas of Vermont
Hidden the hills and mountains of southern Vermont are the remnants of 60 former ski areas, their slopes returning to forest and their lifts decaying. On Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m., Jeremy Davis, founder of the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, comes to Manchester Community Library to look into the factors that caused these ski areas to succumb 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 the hearts of their ski communities and the history of southern Vermont.
Davis is a passionate skier and has enjoyed exploring skiing history from the moment he learned how to ski. He has served on the New England Ski Museum’s Board of Directors since 2000. His website, nelsap.org, has been in operation since 1998, and in 2009 won the prestigious Cyber Award for best ski history website from the International Ski History Association. He is the author of four books and a member of Ski Venture in Glenville, N.Y., one of the oldest surviving ski clubs that still operates a rope tow. He resides just outside the Adirondacks near Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The illustrated lecture is sponsored by The International Skiing History Association (ISHA), a nonprofit organization based in Manchester Center. The Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center, at the corner of Main Street/Route 7A. Call 802-362-2607 or visit mclvt.org to learn more.