Rope Tow

Access the Rope Tow from Ski Tow Road, Brownsville, Vt 05037
Enter Ascutney Mountain Resort from Route 44, staying to the left on Ski Tow Road.  In approximately ¼ mile, just before the skier bridge, turn right to enter the large parking lot.  This is the ‘Ski Tow Road’ Trailhead.  Hike up the hill to the rope tow, just above the skier bridge.


We had a great season made even better when March came in with a ROAR.  How about that spring powder!  Thanks to everyone who came out to ski, ride and explore the backcountry with us during the 2017/2018 season.  A big THANK-YOU to our volunteers who made all the magic happen – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Stay tuned for our Winter 2018/2019 operating information.

(Martin Luther King Day, President’s Week etc)
Please see dates listed above for additional opening during Presiden’t Week (2/19 & 2/23)

THURSDAY NIGHT – Open for Classic Race Series only, 5.30pm – 8pm

*After-dark night-skiing will be offered under lights on occasion each month.

Please note: All opening hours listed above are dependent on volunteers and weather and natural snow conditions, and may be subject to change at any time.  Please check this page for the most up to date information. We will do our best to keep the public up to date via this website and Facebook in the event of any changes.

The Rope Tow is also available for special opening hours to accommodate school groups, community groups etc.  Please contact us for further details.

Photo by Felicity Knight



Length of Rope Tow: 806ft
Elevation Gain: 170 ft
Travel speed: 690 ft/min running at 1870 rpm
Powered by:  a Wisconsin Gas-powered motor from the top drive terminal
Rope diameter: 1 ¼”
This is an authentic rope tow!

2018 will see the Ascutney Outdoors Center finished to offer shelter from the weather and a place to warm up out of the cold.  Restrooms are also available.  You are welcome to use the AOC to change into your ski/snowboard boots and are welcome to leave your ski/board bag there, but do so at your own risk.  Ascutney Outdoors assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen items.

In our first years of operation, we will be relying on natural snowfall.  Please check our home page and the ‘Ascutney Trails’ Facebook page for latest updates on operating if snow cover or weather conditions are marginal.

Skiing and riding is FREE (or by donation).

We all love our furry friends, but we want them, and you, to be safe while skiing and riding.  While the Rope Tow is in operation, all pets must be on a leash while they are in the skiable area from the top of the Rope Tow (upper drive terminal) and below.   Please scoop their poop, and take it away with you (as we have limited trash removal on the ski hill).

The trails that are served directly by the Rope Tow will be patrolled (most days) by a group of volunteer ski patrollers from the local community while the Rope Tow is operating.

For the safety of all, please, no sledding or snow-tubing on the ski trails served directly by the Rope Tow when it is in operation.

The skier bridge below the Rope Tow flats, towards the Resort is suitable for all to enjoy sledding and tubing and is groomed on a regular basis.


1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.


Thursday Classic Races

Join us and your community for a super-fun, casual race series on the Rope Tow hill. 

What: Modified GS weekly race series. You can race as an individual, on a team of four, or both. You will race two runs and your best run counts for both your team and as an individual. The three best runs on the team count towards the team points. Individual and team points will be accumulated for the year-end awards. There won’t always be a training course, but you can free ski on the hill before, in between and after your runs.

When: Beginning as soon as there is enough snow! Thursday evenings 5:30pm – 7pm during ski season with eight weeks of racing.  Six of those races will count towards your end of the year points and prizes. Check back here and Ascutney Trails Facebook for changes due to snow conditions and weather etc.

Who: Open to everyone!  Teams may consist of any combination of male, female, kids, adults, skiers (downhill, tele and cross-country) and snowboarders.

Where:  At the awesome Ascutney Rope Tow at Ascutney Trails, Brownsville, Vt.

Cost: $45.00 per individual for the 8-week season, payable on the first week.  $10.00 per night if you come on a week-by-week basis.

Social Time: We encourage a post-race pot-luck each week so BYO some goodies to share or cook on the grill for dinner post and socialize with your fellow racers.

Contact for more information: [email protected]  or FACEBOOK

Photo by Felicity Knight