By Associated Press - Friday, April 17, 2015

WEST WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) - Though a popular ski resort in eastern Vermont closed five years ago, visitors throughout New England are returning thanks to miles of new trails.

The western base of Ascutney now features 34 miles of nonmotorized, multi-use recreational trails, the Valley News reported (https://bit.ly/1yzHOBO). The paths are the result of a partnership between West Windsor and a volunteer group that advocates building and maintaining accessible, low-impact trails.

Ryan Thibault, owner of the website Mountain Bike Vermont, rates the trails among the top mountain biking destinations in the state.

“It’s rare in Vermont to have such a cohesive network,” Thibault said. “A lot of places in Vermont are kind of chopped up by dirt roads or other diversions.”

Thibault’s favorite aspect might be the landscape itself.



“The atmosphere has this pastoral quality,” he said, “Just driving into the village of Brownsville, you feel like you’re going back in time. Then when you start climbing … you get this gorgeous view looking back into the town, which is just quintessential Vermont and very special.”

West Windsor voters approved the purchase of 460 acres of former resort land in October 2014, which permanently conserves about two-thirds of the network.

The area hosts an annual mountain bike race, two footraces and a mountain bike festival, but it could see more now.

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

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