The Upper Valley was home to the country’s first ski rope tow, though the site is currently up for sale. According to Vermont Public Radio, the Vermont Land Trust, along with several residents, hope to buy the 100-acre parcel in Woodstock where the hill is located. The nation’s first rope tow was installed on what was then Gilbert’s Farm in 1934, and was powered by a Model T Ford engine.
Attorney Richard Windish is in the process of assessing how much money the Vermont Land Trust and residents would need in order to meet the asking price. The tow itself can no longer be scene at the site, though its supports remain, and there is also a plaque commemorating the site’s history.