Sunday, December 7, 2014

Did you know...Hitching Post Farm used to have a ski area?

True story! If you've evented in Area 1, you know Hitching Post Farm in South Royalton, VT. It's a staple of the schooling & recognized show calendars. Truly wonderful venue. (Our visits there are tagged in the archives.)

I was browsing the New England Lost Ski Area Project website this morning, and what do I see but an entry for Hitching Post Farm!

Here's what they say about it:
The Hitching Post Farm in Royalton, Vermont was a small rope tow area that operated sometime before 1968 to 1975, according to the Vermont Tramway Commission and John Steinert. The rope tow was 750' long. There was one wide open slope with tree islands, and a few other trails along the periphery of the area. According to topo maps, the vertical was about 200'. 
According to John Steinart, the area had ski camps for kids in the late 1960's.
While the area officially closed in 1975, there is a chance the rope tow may still run privately for the owners. Betsy McDonough had emailed the owners a few years ago and found out the tow did occasionally still run.
Here's an image of the ski slope in winter, from the NELSAP website:

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