Abandoned Vermont: Hogback Mountain Ski Area

On Route 9 - Abandoned Hogback Ski Area.

If you drive on Vermont Route 9 (aka the Molly Stark Byway), from Brattleboro to Bennington, you’ll pass through Marlboro, VT. Along the side of the road we came across a building that said “Hogback Ski Area.”  Sitting next to the building are some remains of the lift line machinery. The picture isn’t great due to sunlight and the fact that I took the picture within the highway right-of-way. You can see historic images on the UVM Landscape Change site – type in “Hogback Mountain Ski” if the link doesn’t work.

Hogback Ski Area.

Not being a skier, I knew nothing of Hogback Mountain. But, I was able to find some history of the ski area: it operated from 1946 – 1986, closing due to rising operating and insurance costs. Read more of the history here. Recently the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association has secured the 591 acre parcel as a conservation area. A permanent conservation easement is held by the Vermont Land Trust and Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.

Just east of this building is the 100 mile view restaurant (though it appeared closed when we drove by) and a rest stop/gift shop/scenic turnout. The views are certainly worth a stop.

Heading towards the 100 mile view restaurant and scenic overlook (eastbound). You can see the restaurant sign in the trees if you look closely. The wood sign (in front of the red building) mentions ski trails.

If you have more information, stories, or better photographs of this site, please let me know!