Defunct Vermont Ski Area For Sale- $1.9M (Closed since 1967)

Defunct Vermont Ski Area For Sale- $1.9M (Closed since 1967)

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Defunct Vermont Ski Area For Sale- $1.9M (Closed since 1967)


Birdseye Mountain, located near Castleton, VT, was a small ski area that operated throughout the 1960s.

The property is now for sale at $1.9M.

The ski area was forced to close after the owners chose to expand terrain, without investing in snowmaking systems.

View of Birdseye Mountain from the 1960s. Courtesy: NELSAP

The area typically averages snowfall totals well under 100″, and a few rare heavy-snow years misled the owners on the reliability of natural snowfall.

Birdseye was forced to close as skiers flocked to resorts with robust snowmaking systems like Killington. It unfortunately joined the dozens of defunct ski areas that didn’t survive the ski resort boom of the mid-20th century.

Birdseye Mountain trail map from 1961. Courtesy: NELSAP

An extensive history of Birdseye Mountain can be read here.

So what can $1.9M get you now?

“This is YOUR chance to own over 600+ Acres of Vermont Paradise, Former Birdseye Mountain Ski Resort (1324′ Vertical Drop). This property is perfect for back-country enthusiast such as skiers, hikers and mountain bikers, hunters and more. Castleton River access, great location. Huge Development Potential Private or Public Ski/ MTB Resort Potential Minutes to Rutland Regional Airport (RUT) AMTRAK Station (CNV) a mile away 1 Mile to Charming Castleton VT Village/ University and Major HWY VT RT 4 Let your imagination run WILD!”

Birdseye’s rope tow made for family fun. Courtesy: NELSAP

It seems like an intriguing place, but maybe not viable as a ski resort. It might be more suitable for someone looking for their own private hill to earn some turns, or hike during the summer. But hey, what do I know!

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