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Defunct High Pond Ski Area Being Rebuilt
Defunct High Pond Ski Area Being Rebuilt
A new Leitner Poma T-Bar is being installed at the lost Vermont ski area.
Monday, October 23, 2017, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
High Pond, October 21, 2017
High Pond Base Area, October 21, 2017

The T-Bar installation fad continues to spread in New England, as a brand new Leitner-Poma is being installed at the defunct High Pond ski area in Vermont.

Located north of Rutland in the tiny town of Hubbardton, High Pond operated both publicly and privately for nearly half a century. The small ski area advertised 40 acres of terrain spanning 300 vertical feet.

High Pond 1970 Trail Map
High Pond 1970 Trail Map

According to Jeremy Davis, founder of the New England Lost Ski Areas Project and author of Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont, "High Pond Mountain was primarily used by W. Douglas Burden, who owned Marineland in California and Florida. The area featured a rope tow and platterpull lift, and later a T-bar, and was used primarily by Burden's friends and family. The public also could ski here and helped subsidized the operation. Bill Jenkins, who founded the ski area at Green Mountain College, ran the ski school here, and taught skiing here on weekends. High Pond later operated off and on through the early 1980's before closing for good, but its infrastructure was left in place."

High Pond Alpine Restaurant, October 21, 2017
High Pond Alpine Restaurant, October 21, 2017

Recently, much of the former Doppelmayr T-Bar was removed, making way for the new lift. Leitner Poma components have been delivered and some concrete has been poured. Meanwhile, the Doppelmayr base terminal building has been enclosed and renovated, as well as the Alpine Restaurant building. There also appears to be work underway on the base barn building.

Little is known about the plans for the reconstructed ski area. The property was purchased recently by Dartley Investments of Ketonah, New York. Dartley Investments is located at the same address as the Peter Dartley Charitable Trust.

High Pond Leitner Poma Components, October 21, 2017
High Pond Leitner Poma Components, October 21, 2017

The High Pond lift is one of four T-Bars being installed in New England this year, making it the largest T-Bar installation year on record since the 1970s.




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  • High Pond Ski Area on NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
  • High Pond Ski Area on NewEnglandSkiHistory.com


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