PROSPECT

Mountain manager Steve Whitham, left, and office manager Al Santopietro pose in front of a Prospect Mountain sign.

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WOODFORD — The Prospect Mountain Association has finished a busy off season improving trails and facilities, and “is ready to open as soon as the white stuff falls from the sky” according to a press release.

Improvements include removing the alpine lift houses at the base of the mountain and improving the drainage, which in turn opens up the “stadium area” which will be beneficial to all skiers. It will also allow Prospect to turn into a more functional race venue.

Expanded and well marked snowshoe trails are now available, too.

In addition, some trails have been improved and expanded thanks to the generous support of neighboring landowners Ed and Ann Shea.

COVID-19 will require all indoor facilities to be closed with the exception of the ticket and rental office. Those offices will be open for limited occupancy. Take-out windows for tickets, rentals and food will also be available.

Trail users will be subject to Vermont state health department COVID-19 guidelines which can be reviewed at Prospectmountain.com

New special promotions will be initiated this year including some “ladies days” and discounts for chamber of commerce members.

A “Vermont Cup” race weekend, sponsored by the New England Nordic Skiing Association, is scheduled for Jan. 23-24. Local skiers will be able to participate. More information about this will be available soon on the Prospect website.

“We are looking forward to a great season in spite of the virus challenges,” said Prospect Mountain Association president Dave Newell. “And are sincerely grateful for the excellent volunteer support we received and our season pass holders which makes Prospect a special place.”

Michael Mawson can be reached on Twitter @Mawson_Sports or via email at mmawson@benningtonbanner.com.


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