Hitching Post Farm
Royalton, VT
Before 1968-1975

History and Photos ~ Memories

History and Photos

The Hitching Post Farm in Royalton, Vermont was a small rope tow area that operated sometime before 1968 to 1975, according to the Vermont Tramway Commission and John Steinert. The rope tow was 750' long. There was one wide open slope with tree islands, and a few other trails along the periphery of the area. According to topo maps, the vertical was about 200'.

According to John Steinart, the area had ski camps for kids in the late 1960's.

While the area officially closed in 1975, there is a chance the rope tow may still run privately for the owners. Betsy McDonough had emailed the owners a few years ago and found out the tow did occasionally still run. We do not know if that is still the case, but we will try to find out.

The aerial shot to the right shows the former ski area.

Richard McCormick visited this area and took some great shots for NELSAP. Here's what he found out:

The owners of the farm still give permission to ride the hill as evidenced by my buddy's tracks. I have heard that the tow still works from a family member, however I have never seen it in action. The photo with snow was from winter '05 (photo credit: Ryan Rausch); while the photo sans snow is recent from fall '07 (photo: Richard McCormick).


Richard McCormick's Fall 2007 photo, showing the slope with pumpkins for sale from the farm.

Hitching Post Farm has a website, and according to it them the farm "is a year round boarding and training facility dedicated to excellence in the care and training of horses and the education of riders; specializing in Eventing."


John Steinert: I was very happy to find your site but sad to read about the non-existence of Hitching Post Farm as a working ski area.  I spent two wonderful winter vacations there in 1968 and '69 at the camp run by the family.  During the first session, when I was seven, I broke my leg.  I've been skiing ever since and now my youngest would be a perfect candidate for a camp like that.

If you remember this ski area, just let us know.

Last updated: November, 19, 2007

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