Farr's Hill is large in Vermont ski history; one admirer has a vision for its future
Today, Randolph resident Perry Armstrong announced his plan for the old Farr property on Elm Street in Randolph, and invited public support. The date for the Development Review Board hearing is Tuesday, August 21, at 7 p.m. Above: Farr's Hill rope tow, 1959 (courtesy of Steve Ellis).
By Perry Armstrong
Over the last few weeks I’ve been dreaming about winter. I'm actually excited about it. I know that most folks might not get that, below zero temps, shoveling snow, short days, etc. Why get all excited about that? Well, here's why!
Recently I was told about a property that was for sale on Elm Street here in Randolph.
26 Elm Street
The property is known as Farr’s Hill. Google it or do a Facebook search. The amount of interest in Farr’s Hill is amazing!
After a few minutes of discussion with my significant other, we made an offer on the property which has been accepted. So here's the vision:
Our hope is to have this area run by either a community cooperative or nonprofit that will work hand in hand with the Randolph Recreation Department to be sure that all kids and families have an affordable place to ski, snowboard or slide and snow-tube.
By reviving the old rope tow and ski hill that was operated by the Farr’s from the 1930s through the mid 1960s, we hope to bring back to the forefront a piece of Randolph history. We would like to see beginner ski lessons provided by some of the folks who once learned to ski there themselves, snow tubing, snowboarding, and possibly a winter carnival event (which has been talked about in recent months) in the winter months and the possibilities for summer activities as well. In addition this property could be an access for trailhead parking for the Ellis Town Forest where folks can go hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. We believe this kind of a facility will not only benefit the local children and families in this area but will also attract new families and visitors to our community.
So if we can get this permitted, I believe this could happen this winter. We have a local ski lift company that has a rope tow ready to install and another company with snow tubes ready to ship, and some folks to volunteer to help out.
So with that being said, we need some support from the community. There is a Development Review Board hearing next week, Tuesday, August 21 at 7 p.m.
FOR FURTHER READING
The Grandfather of Randolph Skiing: Herald editor M. Dickey Drysdale's 1986 tribute to Harold Farr and his famous ski tow.