Starting in 1961, Mickey and Ginny Cochran operated their backyard rope-tow with the support and commitment from the local community. Working together each year to cobble together the people, machinery and never-quite-enough-snow, they were able to introduce countless kids to a favorite Vermont winter pastime. “It was always a non profit,” Mickey’s son Bobby likes to joke, “becoming a 501(c)(3) just made it official.”
Today, the legacy of Mickey and Ginny and their passion for recreation continues on this Vermont hillside. Cochran’s Ski Area hosts weekly races and training for 8 local high schools, shares the hill with 800 kids from elementary school programs, facilitates Races/training for the next generation of Olympic hopefuls in the Cochran Ski Club, and provides an unintimidating place for youngsters to learn to ski.