Our third of four stops (click here for stop 1 and here for stop 2) along the trek home to NJ from NH was Mt. Olga - a long-abandonded ski area in Marlboro, VT, just down the road from the iconic Hogback Mountain (click here for a previous post where I explored Hogback on another trip home with a friend).
The Hogback Ski Area was in use from 1946 - 1986. During the late 1970s new ownership took over, and between the rising expenses, and closures due to a lack of snow during the early 1980s seasons, there was a permanant closure after the 1985/86 season, and Hogback Ski Area, Inc. was officially dissolved in 1992.
After being inactive for such a long period of time, the four trails became overgrown with trees and other wildlife, however, in 2006 the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association was formed with the intentions of saving the land from development. We actually passed by a few volunteers belonging to the association clearing brush along the trails during our hike to the Mt Olga fire tower (which was quite reminiscent of New Jersey's own Apple Pie Hill tower).
The hike from the road was an easy one, and passing the old lift building was pretty neat. A few of them still had ski poles hanging from rotting wood walls, and the panoramic view from atop the fire tower was worth the hike alone.
The firetower was actually at the center of some trail heads on Mt. Olga, and lent itself to some fantastic views of the Vermont Green Mountains surrounding it.
The hike back down was equally as beautiful as the hike up, and I may or may not have stolen a small artifact I found on our way there.... But I'll never tell.... :x