Friday January 18, 2013

SAXTONS RIVER -- Lost ski areas of New England is the topic of the last of three historical fireside chats to be held on Monday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the Saxtons River Inn.

Jeremy Davis, founder of the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, will share what he has discovered of lost ski areas in southern Vermont, including Ski Bowl and the Vermont Academy slopes in Rockingham.

Davis has documented 116 lost ski areas in Vermont, 29 of them in the southern part of the state. His website, www.nelsap.org, lists 598 lost sites in New England and another 80 in locations as far-ranging as Colorado, New Jersey, Canada, Germany and Afghanistan.

Included among several local listings on his webpage are Pine Top in Vernon, Maple Valley in Dummerston and Latchis in Brattleboro.

He is the author of three books, "Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont," "Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains," and "Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks." Davis serves on the Board of Directors of the New England Ski Museum in Franconia Notch, N.H. He is a 2000 graduate of Lyndon State College, works as a Senior Meteorologist at Weather Routing, Inc. in Glens Falls, N.Y., and is Look TV On-Air Meteorologist.

He will have copies of his books for sale at the talk.

Hosted by Main Street Arts and the Saxtons River Historical Society, the series has hosted talks on the grand homes of Saxtons River and Civil War soldiers from the village.

There is no charge, and attendees are encouraged to bring photographs and memorabilia to share in the informal setting. The program begins promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Information and updates on possible postponements due to inclement weather are available by calling Main Street Arts at 802-869-2960.

Dinner at the inn is available after the chats, with reservations appreciated by calling 802-869-2110.