Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont

Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont Cover

Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont

By Jeremy K. Davis

History Press (SC), Paperback, 9781596298712, 158pp.

Publication Date: July 16, 2010

Hidden amongst the hills and mountains of southern Vermont are the remnants of sixty former ski areas, their slopes returning to forest and their lifts decaying. Today, only fourteen remain open and active in southern Vermont. Though they offer some incredible skiing, most lack the intimate, local feel of these lost ski trails. Jeremy Davis, creator 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. From the family-operated Hogback in Windham County 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.

About the Author
Jeremy Davis is a senior meteorologist at North Country Weather and on-air meteorologist for TV8 in Glens Falls. He is the founder of the New England Lost Ski Area Project, which preserves the history of over five hundred lost ski areas throughout the east coast. In 2000 he was elected to the New England Ski Museum board of directors and has consulted with the Vermont Ski Museum. Jeremy gives frequent presentations at ski clubs, resorts, bookstores and libraries throughout New England and New York.