Braintree Mountain Forest BC Zone Contact: Zac Freeman/RASTA – firstname.lastname@example.org Summary: A backcountry zone on publicly-accessible, privately-conserved land in Braintree, VT, managed by Rochester Sports Trails Alliance (RASTA), in partnership with the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) and other partners.
Brandon Gap BC Zone Contact: Angus McCusker/RASTA – email@example.com Summary: The first of its kind in the country, this is a backcountry zone and pilot glading project on Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) land near Brandon Gap, west of Rochester, VT. This project received approval in Fall 2015, and volunteer-supported glading work took place in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, leading to the establishment of five gladed lines in the area.
Willoughby State Forest BC Zone: Over the course of the Fall of 2016, NEKBC will construct natural surface gladed ski zones in the Mt Hor and Bartlett Mountain area of the Willoughby State Forest by November 2016. Skiable lines and a skin track(locations where skier traffic would be encouraged) will be identified and vegetation will be removed from within these lines to increase space for skier traffic. The skiable lines would be roughly 30 feet wide with buffer areas separating the skiable lines.
Kirby Mountain: The second ski zone already under construction is located on Kirby mountain on private land, under the permission of local land owners. Parking is located on west side of Kirby/Ridge road south out of East Burke village.
Dutch Hill: For their first project, DHASH is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service to improve skiing at the former Dutch Hill ski area. No, the lifts won’t be re-opening. If you want to ski down, you’ll have to climb up yourself. (Motorized vehicles are not allowed on Forest Service lands except on designated trails.) Some of the former ski slopes are totally overgrown, but others are still (barely) skiable. Their first projects will involve taking out blowdowns, face slappers and knee cappers on trails OK’ed by the Forest Service. Next, they are working to get permission to create glades between some of the former trails. Please don’t go up there and do any clearing on your own. Let’s work with the land owner (us, the U.S. people) and the land manager (the Forest Service) to make great skiing opportunities available for everyone.