Ascutney Outdoors maintains strong partnerships with local communities, organizations, and businesses working toward the common goal of recreation and conservation on Mount Ascutney.
The Town of West Windsor
The Town of West Windsor is located in Windsor County, just west of the Connecticut River and the New Hampshire border, in east central Vermont. The village of Brownsville, in the town of West Windsor, sits at the northwestern base of Mt. Ascutney (elevation 3143 ft.), a central feature of the town’s landscape. Ascutney Outdoors, an independent nonprofit, was formed to take responsibility for the management, oversight and development of recreational, educational and community activities and conservation on the Town’s 1,582 acres of land under a delegation of authority from the Town.
Brownsville Butcher & Pantry
Brownsville Butcher & Pantry is located right down the street from the Ascutney Outdoors Center in the village of Brownsville. BB&P is part country store with pantry basics and specialty items, as well as a cafe with an inventive menu built around local foods. It also offers local brews on tap, and a wide selection of beer and wines. BB&P is the place to go after working up an appetite on the mountain. Ascutney Outdoors and BB&P are all about community, and we partner together for events and special occasions.
Ascutney Trails Association (ATA)
The Ascutney Trails Association is a volunteer group of mountain bikers and back-country enthusiasts that develop mountain biking trails and do trail maintenance. ATA works in partnership with Ascutney Outdoors to maintain the trails located within conserved land owned by the Town of West Windsor and to promote mountain biking and hiking on the mountain.
The Upper Valley Land Trust
UVLT is a co-holder of the conservation easement on the West Windsor Town Forest and worked closely with the West Windsor community to develop an unprecedented easement to secure recreational access to our remarkable land in perpetuity. UVLT is responsible for monitoring the trails and property, and oversees and advises on the care and stewardship of the town forest land.
The Albert Bridge School (ABS)
ABS is a local K-6th grade elementary school located at the base of Mt. Ascutney in Brownsville. The school and community are committed to place-based and outdoor learning as well as encouraging and celebrating the excellence and aspirations of each learner through creative and motivating challenges. Ascutney Outdoors and the Albert Bridge School work collaboratively to provide recreation and learning opportunities, including an after school adventure club and seasonal programs where students are encouraged to explore Ascutney Mountain through hiking, biking, skiing, sledding, and free play exploring the forest.
Holidayt Inn Club Vacations – Mount Ascutney Resort
The Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Mount Ascutney Resort is adjacent to our trails and right down the hill from the Ascutney Outdoors Center. The resort and their owner, Orange Lake Resorts, has been a long-time supporter of the activities and programs offered by AO and in 2016 provided significant financial support for the purchase and demolition of the old burned down base lodge and construction of the tubing lift. The resort and AO have formed a strong partnership and are work together to develop new activities that will be enjoyed by resort guests, local residents and visitors.
The Trust For Public Land
Between 2013 and 2015, The Trust for Public Land worked with the Town and other partners to purchase and protect 470 acres of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort, adding it to the existing 1,112-acre West Windsor Town Forest. The expanded Town Forest was permanently conserved, ensuring permanent protection of an extensive trail network, a public drinking water source, a hotspot of biodiversity, and a defining feature of West Windsor’s history and economy.