Ascutney, VT

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9 thoughts on “Ascutney, VT

  1. Myles Svec July 14, 2020 / 9:01 am

    According to Ascutneys 1982 trail map there were actually 3 t-bars. There was the little eagle t-bar listed as 600 ft long (probably not exact and probably the hall t-bar listed with no name.) and the main and the west t-bars that were listed as 2250 ft long. Does anyone have information about approximately how long they were and what manufacturers they were?

    1982 ski map:

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  2. Tom White July 14, 2020 / 4:10 pm

    My 1969 ski atlas list the same vertical and lift length, except 2300’ for one T-bar as your 1982 trail map. The trail network looks the same except the East Chair didn’t exist. No manufacturer references.

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    • reaperskier July 15, 2020 / 10:00 am

      It could have been a hall, since Ascutney’s other lifts were built by them.

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      • reaperskier July 15, 2020 / 2:25 pm

        *other lifts prior to 1984

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  3. Nahms July 15, 2020 / 2:27 pm

    The upper mountain used to have a 576 foot long Hall T-bar that was installed for the 1963-64 season. It was accessible from the midstation of the summit double. This T-bar was moved to the Sunrise Area and is probably the 600-footer on your 1982 trail map. The West T-bar was installed for the 1962-63 season and had three unloading stations, experts would unload at the top. I thought I read somewhere that they acquired this T-bar from another mountain, but I wasn’t able to find the reference anywhere. The Main T-Bar was installed new by Hall for the 1957-58 season at a cost of $45,000 (newenglandskihistory.com)

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  4. wolf January 28, 2021 / 3:14 pm

    Did this area go out of buisiness and where did the other lifts go, if anywhere? They still had a lot of life in them.

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    • sullivanq January 28, 2021 / 3:23 pm

      Around 2007 or 2008 this place went under, from money loss. This was mostly due to lack of skiers, subpar management, and the high operating cost of the high speed quad. Crotched snagged the detach, while I think Pats peak got one of the triples. I enjoyed the place, maybe I’ll get a ticket for their T-bar some day.

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      • skitheeast January 28, 2021 / 4:18 pm

        Ascutney never recovered from the debt they took on in the 80s. It really helped modernize the mountain, with chairlifts replacing T-Bars and the village area being constructed, but mismanagement doomed the hill. It was disappointing to see them close, as the terrain was great and extremely close to I-91, and it would be nice to see someone come in one day and do what Arctaris is doing at Saddleback.

        As for the lifts: North Peak Express was sold to Crotched where it operates as The Rocket, Snowdance was sold to Pats Peak where it operates as Peak Triple, Novice and Village were sold (I do not know where), and Sunrise was only partially removed as parts are still standing.

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        • valhalla January 28, 2021 / 7:02 pm

          The upper half of the mountain has had a permanent conservation easement placed on it. The former ski area, as well as a much larger adjacent piece of land, is managed by a non-profit for the town. While the trail network is semi-maintained above the t-bar, it is only open for skinning up, and there will never again be lift served skiing off the summit.

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