The Vermont town that bought a ski mountain

Yesterday, the Times ran a story on Mount Ascutney in Vermont where I had photographed a story back in 2017 for The Trust for Public Land. We had actually planned on photographing the story in the winter of 2016 but there wasn’t enough snow so we pushed everything back a year. The story started in 2010 when the Ascutney ski resort ran out of money and closed due to a lack of consistent snow, warmer winters, and possibly some bad business decisions. In the following years, the town of West Windsor, VT rallied together to buy back the mountain with some coordination and help from the Trust for Public Land. Today, it’s become a thriving community center with so many different fun events year-round. I wish I had the backcountry skiing, trail running, and general fun of Ascutney in my backyard.

It was a joy to see all the change that Caleb Kenna captured for the story and I really hope I can go back and skin up the mountain soon! This has been one of my favorite winter stories I’ve photographed over my career so I was more than happy to take a walk down memory lane and revisit the photographs I captured here back in February 2017.

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