BRATTLEBORO — The community came together to help continue the Brattleboro Outing Club's tradition of offering cross-country skiing locally. On Tuesday, a new ski hut traveled by trailer from The Windham Regional Career Center to the Brattleboro Country Club where it was lowered by crane onto its foundation just in time for the 2019-20 ski season.
Last spring the Country Club renovated the Golf Pro Shop and let the BOC know that it would no longer be available as the BOC Ski Hut. A location on the back upper parking lot was offered if the BOC wanted to have a building there. In June, a 14-foot by 36-foot unfinished tiny house built by the Construction Trades Program at the WRCC came on the market.
Thanks to the support of WRCC Director Ray Dunn, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Business Administrator Frank Rucker, the BUHS #6 Finance Committee, the Brattleboro Outing Club Education Foundation President John Mabie, and the BOC Board, the BOC was able to enter into a purchase agreement for the tiny house.
Five months later, after much work by Brattleboro Zoning Administrator Brian Bannon and Select Board member Elizabeth McLoughlin, the BOC was able to complete the local and state zoning and Act 250 processes. Dwight Holmes, of Holmes Construction, was instrumental in preparing the pier foundation and will soon start construction of the ADA approved handicapped accessible ramp. Ben Harwood with Stevens & Associates offered his expertise as a structural engineer on how to anchor the building. The WRCC Construction Trades Instructor John DiMatteo and his students modified the interior walls and lifted the building to attach floor insulation supports. Mike Renaud transported the building to the Country Club site. All of this was possible because of Melanie Boese and her staff's support of the BOC XC Ski Program and her willingness to allow the BOC to place the new ski hut on the golf course property.
Several strong letters of support from the Chamber of Commerce (Kate O'Connor), Brattleboro Recreation and Parks (Carol Lolatte), and the Center for Health and Learning (JoEllen Tarallo) enabled several grant awards. The purchase, transport, and finishing of the building was made possible by grants from the Brattleboro Outing Club Education Foundation, a State Building Communities Grant, the Windham Foundation, and a grant from the Withington Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. Members of the BOC XC Ski Community also spent countless hours helping to make this project a reality.
The Brattleboro Outing Club BOC was founded in 1922 by local sports enthusiast, Fred Harris, and is one of the oldest civic outdoor sports associations in the country.