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Red Fox Ski Dorm

Jeffersonville, Lamoille County, Vermont

"Red Fox Ski Lodge and Dorm, Rte. 108, 2 miles from Smugglers' Notch Ski Area, Jeffersonville 05464.  Tel. 644-8888.  Accomodations for 140.  Modern bunk rooms for 4-12 people.  Game room, den, TV and fireplace.  Homecooked meals.  Ski waxing and repair room.  XC center on premises with rentals, trails and free novice instruction.  Rates $15.75-$19.75 per day MAP.  $8-$11 without meals.  Group package rates & ski weekends." -Vermont Ski Touring Guide, 1981




Red Fox Ski Dorm, Jeffersonville, VT

from: real estate listing


Location: 87 Edwards Rd., Jeffersonville, Vt. 05464

Directory listings: 1981-1984

Known operators: Paul and Penny Washburn

Today: out of operation; building is now the location of El Zorro Mexican Restaurant and Cantina




Red Fox Ski Dorm was originally built in the 1800s as a church and was converted into a ski dorm in the 1960s.  Paul and Penny Washburn, listed in the 1984 directory, owned and operated the Red Fox for twelve years.  Though it was only listed in cross country directories from 1981-1984, the Red Fox also served as an alpine lodge for nearby Smuggler's Notch.  

The 1982 ans 1983 listings are not currently available for inclusion, but the 1984 Cross Country Ski Vermont directory reads: 

"Red Fox Ski Dorm, Jeffersonville.  Novice to intermediate terrain; free transfer to adjacent Sugarhouse Nordic Center at Smuggler's Notch x-c trail network.  6 km total.  Elev. 1000'.  Instruction, rental, retail, repair, restaurant, lodging, change rooms, showers, ski weeks.  Paul & Penny Washburn, Box 26, Jeffersonville 05464.  Tel. 644-8888."

Later, the Red Fox Ski Dorm (also called the Red Fox Alpine Lodge) was owned by Grady and Mary Vigneau who also owned the Round Hearth in Stowe.  through 2008 the Vigneau's offered lodging and camp programs.  Dubbed Vermont's "foxiest little ski dorm" the Red Fox also had an outdoor hot tub, pool, and three acre property for outdoor activities. 

Today, the Red Fox has been repurposed as a Mexican style restaurant known as El Zorro.