- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

BROWNSVILLE, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont town selectboard is asking residents to approve the purchase of 470 acres of the former Ascutney Mountain ski area to protect the property from development.

The Valley News reports (https://bit.ly/YV01JP the selectboard believes the proposed $600,000 purchase from MFW Associates is an opportunity to transform West Windsor from a ski resort town to one with diverse recreational opportunities, including mountain biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and hiking.

The board has scheduled a special town meeting for Oct. 14 to discuss the proposal.

Ascutney Mountain Resort shut down in 2010.

The resort property abuts a 1,340-acre town forest, and there are about 30 miles of recreational trails that go through both. The forest is protected from development and the town has permission to use resort trails for recreational purposes.

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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, https://www.vnews.com

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