Big news out of Vermont as nearby Mt. Ascutney marked a milestone in its reopening on Saturday. A dedication ceremony of the volunteer-built rope tow was held, which garnered a large crowd of skiers, supporters, volunteers, and family members of the two families who started Mt. Ascutney in the mid-1900s.
Although there wasn’t much snow and the Winter Fest portion of the event was cancelled, which would have included fat biking and snowshoeing, volunteer group Mount Ascutney Outdoors and the Trust for Public Land held a successful event regardless.
The rope tow, built entirely by volunteers, was dedicated to the Ely and Howland families who founded the mountain in 1957. The process of reopening the small portion of Mt. Ascutney was a long and arduous process and Saturday’s event marked the beginning of a new age for the historic mountain.
It was an emotional event, as the spirit of the mountain is instilled in countless area residents and everyone there had a reason to be there, such as memories of learning how to ski.
Once we get some snow, feel free to take a trip over and take some runs for free.