MANCHESTER >> Hidden among the hills and mountains of southern Vermont are the remnants of 60 former ski areas, their slopes returning to forest and their lifts decaying. Today, only fourteen remain open and active in southern Vermont. On Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Manchester Community Library, Jeremy Davis, founder 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 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.
Jeremy Davis is a passionate skier and has enjoyed exploring skiing history from the moment he learned how to ski. An Operations Manager/Meteorologist at Weather Routing Inc. in Glens Falls, N.Y., he provides professional weather forecasts to marine clients worldwide. Davis has served on the New England Ski Museum's Board of Directors since 2000. He is the author of four books, "Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains (2008)," "Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont (2010)," "Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks (2012)," and "Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks (2014)," with the last two books winning the International Ski History Association's Skade Award for outstanding regional ski history.
The illustrated lecture is hosted by MCL and is sponsored by The International Skiing History Association (ISHA), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization working to preserve and build awareness of the sport's heritage. ISHA publishes Skiing History, a print magazine read six times a year by skiers, researchers, Hall of Fame members, Olympic and World Cup racers, and resort and industry leaders around the world. ISHA also operates skiinghistory.org, the world's most-extensive Website dedicated to skiing history, and presents the annual ISHA Awards for the year's best ski-history books and films. ISHA's office is located in Manchester Center.
The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For more information, call the library at 802-362-2607.