Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Hancock

#26 of 33 in Winter Sports in Vermont
The Middlebury College Snow Bowl is a ski area in Hancock, Vermont, 13mi east of Middlebury in the Green Mountains. The site has been owned and operated by Middlebury College since its first trails were cut in 1934. The Snow Bowl has 17 trails and 3 lifts, offering access to more than 110acre of terrain. In 2006, it became the first carbon-neutral ski area in the United States.
The third-oldest ski area in Vermont, the Snow Bowl has hosted intercollegiate competitions since the 1930s. The original lodge—a traditional log cabin—was built in 1938 and remains the oldest standing base lodge in the nation. A modern lodge, Neil Starr Shelter, a gift of insurance magnate and Stowe Mountain Resort owner Cornelius Vander Starr, was completed in 1962 and completely renovated and expanded in 2004. Along with the Dartmouth Skiway, the Snow Bowl is one of two remaining college-owned ski areas in the eastern United States.
Located on the north slope of Worth Mountain, the Snow Bowl rises near Middlebury Gap on land willed to Middlebury College by Joseph Battell. The property is surrounded by the Joseph Battell Wilderness, land once owned by the College now part of the Green Mountain National Forest. Averaging 250in of natural snowfall annually, additional snowmaking covers nearly half of all trails, including most terrain served by the Worth Mountain and Sheehan chairlifts. The Snow Bowl's eastern face, colloquially known as "the backside", relies mainly on natural snow and is accessed by the Bailey Falls triple chairlift. In December 2012, a magic carpet was added, for the mountain's youngest skiers.
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  • I was recently here with another dad while our kids were at a swim meet at Middlebury College. We had a half a day to kill, and this was the perfect place to do it. Only 30 minutes from Middlebury, do...  more »
  • The title says it all. This place is a one of the best family-owned skiing places in New England. Not only are the prices extremely cheap (both for lift tickets and rentals), but the trails are superb...  more »
  • The staff especially at the ski shop have very poor attitudes. The man who I assume runs the ski shop is extremely rude. 4 times I’ve been in the shop and every time he has had a major attitude with the customers.
  • Great mountain with narrow winding trails, contrasting to the big ski areas around. The trails have varying steepness making for interesting runs. Not crowded at all!

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