Prospect Mountain Association is working to buy, conserve, and improve this very special winter sports center
Prospect Mountain Association, a Vermont not-for-profit organization, was founded to acquire and operate Prospect Mountain Ski Area as a community asset. This group of concerned citizens recognizes the economic, social, environmental, and recreational benefits that Prospect Mountain has provided to the region since the first rope tow was installed there in 1938.
Prospect Mountain is located in Woodford, Vermont. It evolved from a hill with a rope tow to an alpine ski area to a regional cross-country skiing outdoor center. Prospect Mountain Association’s goal is to maintain this gem of a winter sports center and to improve the mountain with snow-making facilities and non-winter sports activities to provide recreational opportunities for all. Our southern Vermont outdoor community would not be the same without this incredible place.
A resource for the whole region
With over 30 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails, a large network of snowshoe trails, and maintained alpine touring trails, Prospect Mountain has the highest base elevation of any Nordic center in Vermont at over 2,200 feet.
Prospect Mountain is home to Williams College Division One cross-country ski team; Bennington’s Mount Anthony Union High School cross-country ski team; Mount Greylock’s cross-country ski team; and one of the largest Bill Koch Youth Ski leagues in New England, with over 100 children annually participating in the program.
Prospect Mountain is the closest Vermont touring center to large metropolitan areas such as Albany, NY, Hartford, CT, and Boston, MA. Visitors from all New England states and New York ski at Prospect on a regular basis.
A tradition-rich place for skiers of all abilities
The trail system’s terrain supports skiers of all abilities and ages. The officially sanctioned race courses are developed by college coaches and racers while other trails provide gentle learning terrain.
The old-fashioned base lodge welcomes families with its warm wood stove and friendly cafeteria. It is a place where children can be children and families always feel at home. Places like Troll Road and Hobbit Hollow provide adventurous places for children to explore. A ski-jaegering (ski orienteering) course, which changes every year, allows skiers to explore all of the trails while earning points toward an orienteering medal.
An incredible expanse of wilderness habitat
The land is part of an incredible expanse of wilderness habitats, currently home to several black bear dens, and close to the largest beech tree stand in Vermont. It is not uncommon to see moose while skiing. Prospect is ranked as the “Highest Priority Connectivity Block” and “Highest Priority Interior Forest Block” in the Vermont Conservation Design.
A chance to grow and thrive
As a former downhill ski area, the mountain is permitted for snowmaking, trail lighting, and the base lodge. Prospect Mountain has more than 30 km of trails and the association plans to expand the snowmaking capabilities to increase the length of the ski season and maintain consistent skiing terrain even in lean snow winters.
Please help the Prospect Mountain Association and the Vermont Land Trust protect this land for current and future generations!
The purchase price for Prospect Mountain is $900,000; the total cost of the project is nearly $1,000,000.
Prospect Mountain Association has already secured gifts and pledges of $675,000. In addition, because of the economic opportunities this land acquisition would have for southern Vermont, Prospect Mountain Association has also been awarded a generous grant of $275,000 from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.
But, in order to receive the pledged gifts and this grant, we must raise an additional $50,000 by December 1, 2018.
Please consider making a donation today.
Or, mail a check, made out to the Vermont Land Trust with “Prospect Mountain” in the memo line, to:
Vermont Land Trust
8 Bailey Ave.
Montpelier, VT 05602