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Is VT. The Breadbasket of U.S. Skiing?

I am fond of exploring the ruins of old ski areas. I am no Jeremy Davis. He's the master. I just like climbing the hills and finding the skeletal remains. This stone chimney is a relic from the Snow Valley ski area in Vermont near Stratton and Bromley mountains. Fellow ski racers used to tell me about competitions there before I moved East. One day, I decided to go find it.

When I was growing up, the cover of SKI Magazine often showed us pictures of skiing in Vermont. Mount Snow, Stratton, Stowe, Killington, Bromley. The big ski areas in Colorado and Utah were just getting started. Vermont was the Big Cat.

If you're interested in long gone ski areas, check out Jeremy Davis' work with the New England Lost Ski Areas Project. nelsap.org.


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