Ware Preserve & National Forest Access

USVLT is raising funds for the purchase of a NEW preserve on East Branch Road in Intervale, NH, once owned by local resident and passionate conservationist, Dick Ware. The acquisition of the land will not only permanently protect 48 acres of forestland contiguous with the White Mountain National Forest, but will create opportunities for outdoor recreation, especially in the winter.

In partnership with Granite Backcountry Alliance and the White Mountain National Forest, USVLT will ensure access to back country skiing in an area adjacent to the historic Maple Villa Ski Trail.   Granite Backcountry Alliance, in collaboration with the White Mountain National Forest, will be directly involved in constructing and managing glade skiing opportunities on the subject property and upslope on the northwest side of Bartlett Mountain.  With its ties to local skiing history, we hope that the project will expand interest in traditional backcountry skiing in the National Forest.

Securing Access

Locals know that some of our area’s beloved ski trails have closed in the past decades.  The purchase of this 48-acre property will ensure that the historic Maple Villa Trail remain open for public use, and that it never meets the same fate as these other backcountry trails.

Skiiing History of Bartlett Mountain

The landscape around the property has a rich history of skiing that began in the mid-1930’s when the Civilian Conservation Corps first cut a ski trail from East Branch Road behind the New England Inn to the summit of Bartlett Mountain (elev. 3,004’). Initially, skiers hiked up and skied down – re-establishment of this historic use is exactly the collective vision of USVLT, Granite Backcountry, and the White Mountain National Forest.

Quickly following the establishment of the Maple Villa Trail, Fred Pabst, Jr., the inventor of the J-Bar, built the Intervale Ski Area in 1936 and installed one of his new J-Bars.  Pabst then sold Intervale in 1947 to New Hampshire local Dick Stimpson, and the Intervale Ski Area remained in operation through 1976, complete with a rudimentary base lodge and a 2400-foot Poma lift.  The lift served about 400 feet of “vertical” across 15 acres of developed ski runs.  Remnants of some of the old lifts can still be found on the Maple Villa Trail, and the regenerating forest makes it clear where the ski runs were.

Another period of local ski history followed the closing of the Intervale Ski Area, when Eastern Mountain Sports established their Cross-country Ski Touring Center at the former ski area base lodge.  This same Ski Touring Center later transitioned to the Mount Washington Valley Ski & Snowshoe Foundation Touring Center, which at its height maintained over 21 kilometers of cross country ski trails.  While the MWV Ski & Snowshoe Foundation Touring Center remains in operation, some trails near the East Branch have been closed because of concerns from private landowners.

Please help us make this project a reality!  We still need to raise approximately $30,000 to ensure this project is a success.  Donate now – no gift is too small (or too big!).  You can send a check to USVLT, PO Box 424, North Conway, NH 03860 or click the button below to pay by PayPal or credit card.

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Upper Saco Valley Land Trust
PO Box 424
North Conway, NH 03860
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