One reason to book a weekend stay at the October Country Inn is a rare opportunity to join in celebrating the evolution of Vermont snowsports at Killington Ski Resort’s annual antique alpine ski racing to be held at Killington’s Pico Mountain The Vermont Antique Ski Race raises funds to help support the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum.
Antique ski racing is open to all.
Racing is open to all. If you have the gear, enter the strictly vintage category. It requires pre-1975 boots, bindings, and skis. Click this link for more information.
Speaking of antique skiing, the area in and around nearby Woodstock, Vermont oozes with ski history. Skiing remnants exist from as far back as 5,000 years ago. But skiing in the United States only dates back to the 1800s. Back then, if you wanted to ski down a hill, you had to hike up it first.
Famous Gilbert’s Hill.
This all changed in 1934. when the first version of a ski lift, a motorized rope tow, appeared at Gilbert’s Hill outside of Woodstock. A few pulleys, a lot of rope, and a Model T Ford powered the first motorized method of uphill travel for skiers.