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In the summer of 1998, Cochran's Ski Area became a non-profit organization with a mission "to provide area youth and families with affordable skiing and snowboarding, lessons and race training, in the Cochran tradition." Cochran's is the nation's first IRS 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt ski area. "No child will be denied the opportunity to ski or ride".


A Brief HIstory of Cochran's Ski Area

Cochran's Ski Area was established in 1961 when Mickey and Ginny Cochran purchased an old hillside farm along the Winooski River in Richmond, Vermont. Transforming the land with the family's hard work and Mickey's gifts as a mechanical engineer, the ski area consisted of a couple of backyard trails and a short rope tow installed so their children and neighbors could enjoy skiing and race training.

In the next decade, the ski area helped put all four of the "Skiing Cochrans" on the road to Olympic and World Cup success as members of the United States Ski Team, which Mickey coached during the 1973/74 ski season. Not long after Barbara Ann captured the Olympic gold medal in slalom in 1972, the facility grew to four lifts and eight slopes attracting a loyal contingent of children and families from around Vermont.

Over the years, the Cochran family developed a wide array of innovative educational and recreational programs to help bring the community together on our slopes. Today many successful high school, college and World Cup racers still fondly recall their start at Cochran's. But most importantly, legions of Vermonters proudly proclaim, "I learned to ski the Cochran way."

After Mickey's death in 1998, the nation's first non-profit 501 (c)(3) ski area was established to continue this legacy of providing access to healthy winter recreation for local children and families. Since that time, our unique organization has been an overwhelming success in bringing together community resources to serve over 500 area school children each year as well as delivering outdoor educational programming to groups ranging from the Abenaki of Vermont to underprivileged children visiting from New York City.

We now have a state of the art snowmaking system on 100% of Cochran's ski area!  Upgrades to the lodge, lifts, and increased programming to serve the year round needs of our community. A successful capital campaign will put Cochran's on solid ground while maintaining the affordable prices, critical open space, and unique character of this little ski area so many have come to love!!



  • Cochran's Ski Area founded 
  • Ginny Cochran offers first after-school program at the request of the Richmond P.T.O.


  • Adjacent 140-acre parcel purchased for future ski area expansion


  • New trails and rope tow installed on present Cochran's Ski Area site


  • Marilyn & Barbara Ann Cochran named to the U.S. Ski Team


  • Bobby Cochran named to the U.S. Ski Team


  • Marilyn Cochran wins the World Cup in Giant Slalom


  • Lindy Cochran joins her siblings on the U.S. Ski Team
  • Barbara Ann wins a silver medal in slalom and Marilyn wins a bronze medal in the combined at the World Championships


  • Barbara Ann Cochran wins the Olympic gold medal in slalom in Sapporo, Japan


  • Bob Cochran wins the prestigious Hannenkahm Combined in Kitzbuhel, Austria


  • Mickey Cochran serves as Alpine Director of the U.S. Ski Team
  • Cochran's Ski Club founded


  • Lindy Cochran is top American in both slalom and GS at the Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.


  • T-bar installed at Cochran's Ski Area


  • New lodge built at Cochran's Ski Area


  • Innovative "Ski-Tots Program" introduced at Cochran's by Lindy (Cochran) Kelley as the Cochran family continues to coach and teach the next generation of Cochran's skiers


  • Jessica Kelley wins Vermont JIV State Championships in slalom and GS


  • Mickey Cochran dies at the age of 74
  • Cochran's Ski Area become nations first IRS 501 (c)(3) non-profit ski area


  • Dartmouth star and former Cochran's racer, Roger Brown, wins NCAA Slalom Championship
  • Jessica Kelley wins silver medal in GS at World Junior Championships in Ravascletto, Italy


  • Jim Cochran joins his cousin, Jessica Kelley, on the U.S. Ski Team


  • Jim Cochran wins U.S. National GS and SL events
  • Jessica Kelley takes 3rd in GS a U.S. Nationals
  • Cochran Family inducted into the Vermont Ski Hall of Fame


  • Cochran's mourns the loss of founder and friend, Ginny Cochran
  • Roger Brown & Tim Kelley join Jim & Jessica on the U.S. Ski Team, putting four "Cochrans" once again on the national team


  • Jim Cochran is top American, 12th overall, in Olympic slalom in Torino, Italy
  • Amy Cochran, skiing for the University of Vermont, places second in the giant slalom and third in the slalom at the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championships


  • Jim Cochran, Jessica Kelley, and Tim Kelley all begin their 2007/2008 season together on the U.S. Ski Team


  • Jim Cochran wins two more U.S. national titles in slalom and combined
  • State-of-the-art snowmaking system installed


  • Rental room added on to lodge
  • First annual TGFS (Thank God for Snowmaking) race held


  • Jim Cochran competes in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Bobby Cochran inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
  • Kitchen in lodge is expanded and updated


  • Ryan Cochran-Siegle named to the U.S. Ski Team
  • Tim Kelley wins NCAA slalom title for the University of Vermont
  • Robby Kelley named to the U.S. Ski Team (May)
  • Lights installed for night skiing
  • Cousins Jim Cochran, Tim Kelley, Roger and Douglas
    Brown establish a sugaring operation and begin selling maple
    syrup (Slopeside Syrup) on the property
  • 2011 Ryan Cochran-Siegle wins the NorAm Titles in SG and Combined


  • Ryan Cochran-Siegle -  World Junior Champion in downhill and combined
  • Robby Kelley wins the NorAm GS title as well as the GS at Nationals
  • Ryan Cochran-Siegle wins the NorAm titles in downhill and SG.
  • Tim Kelley named Ski Racing Magazine NCAA Alpine Skier of the Year 


  • Jim Cochran retires from the US Ski Team and is hired as the Assistant Alpine Coach at UVM.


Opening Day Sat Dec 9th 2017!


Weekly Hours:

Tuesday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Wednesday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Thursday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm


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