About ATA



Erik Schutz - President

“I live in Norwich Vermont, but find myself riding my bike more often than not on the Ascutney Trails.  Once a 14-year resident of Brownsville, VT and active volunteer in the town and on the trails, I still travel south to ride with friends.  I ride a red Xprezzo full suspension mountain bike with an orange helmet. I'm not very image conscious :).  I'm on the Board of Directors because I'm proud of the trail system we've developed over the years and want to contribute to the vibrant trail community in Vermont.”


Mike Anderson - Vice President

"15 years ago I bought a small 2nd home/rental in Brownsville so that I could be closer to Killington for Winter skiing.  To my surprise, I quickly learned that there was an active group of local mountain bikers who were growing and maintaining a network of trails on and around the mountain.  Spending more time in the area, I quickly fell in love with the beauty of the mountain, surrounding lakes and rivers and year-round opportunities to connect with nature. In 2019 we moved here full time, which enabled me to devote more time to build, maintain, and share all Ascutney has to offer with others.  All of our guests gets a guided tour to several of my favorite local waterfalls, regardless of the time of year! I look forward to spending all my free time in the woods for years to come and encouraging others to do the same."

Wendi R. Lorenz - Director: Events Committee Chairperson

“I have lived around Ascutney Mountain all of my VT/NH life and have found my passion riding in, around, and up this amazing mountain! MTB events, races, Tuesday Night Ride, festivals, and friendships have deepened my sense of pride and responsibility for this mountain and all it has to offer to our community."

"You will likely find me on one of my bikes any time of the year but feel the best in the woods on my Trek TopFuel 8!!  I am proud to be on the Board of Directors to continue to maintain and improve our trail system for our health, and vitality and for the generations to come!"


Aaron Day - Director: Winter Trails Committee Chairperson

“As a kid in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I would  build trails for my 1974 Schwinn Stingray in a section of woods that had grown up over an abandoned dump. I didn't know it then but this strange habit was about to get a name... Mountain Biking. Over the years the bikes have changed but my love for cycling has not.  My family and I live on Ascutney Mountain and ride its network of trails as much as we can.  I became involved with Ascutney Trails Association through volunteer days and Tuesday Night Rides.  Being a member of the ATA board helps to ensure that our community will be able to enjoy this amazing trail network for many years to come.”


Shaun Pate - Secretary

Tim Banker - Director

"I live in Ludlow, VT, but make the trek over to Ascutney Trails for the terrain and sense of community. Growing up in small-town NY hiking ravines and riding the Taconic Skyline trail or racing at Holiday Farm in the Berkshires, I learned the importance of contributing to the outdoor community. You can find me hiking with my wife or riding my black and red Felt Edict Nine 60 (or older gray and red Trek 6000 hardtail when things break!). I got involved with (formerly STAB) and ATA through Tuesday Night Rides and volunteer days, and am excited to help continue the great work the organization has done to bring the best of Ascutney to nature and outdoor enthusiasts."

Ben Bardwell - Director

"I live in Brownsville Vermont and am a professional sailor with the US SailGP Team. I migrated to the area 8 years ago, drawn by the beauty and plentiful outdoor opportunities. When I'm not traveling the world racing sailboats I spend as much time playing in the mountains as possible. In the summer you can find me on one of my (too many!) bikes enjoying lonely dirt roads or our incredible trail systems. In the winter its Nordic, backcountry and lift served skiing, as well as fat biking. I recently also reconnected with a love of chasing fish in the plentiful streams and rivers of the area.  I am the 'Vermont local' half of the duo that brings the Gnar Weasels mountain bike race to Ascutney each July and love bringing such events to our trails."

Robert J. Knight - Director

"Mt. Ascutney has always been a big part of my life. Born and raised in Windsor. Monthly summer picnics on the mountain were a staple of my childhood, along with hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. I've been an active member of the Ascutney Trails Association (ATA) for twenty plus years helping with trail cleaning, maintenance, helping lead hikes, and putting on the annual Memorial Day picnic at the stone hut site. I look forward to helping guide the expanded organization into the future!"

Isaac Robison - Director

"Having been a Weathersfield resident for most of my life I was raised with Ascutney being a large part of my recreational experiences. I have learned to value the unique nature of Ascutney's snowsports, mountain biking, hiking, and historical significance. These activities have immense importance to me and my family. I have always enjoyed helping the trails in any way I could through class projects or volunteering and I hope I can use this position to keep Ascutney the gnarly mountain it is. "

Jim Lyall - Trail Manager

“I’m on the board because they won’t let me stop building trails.  I was an original founder of STAB in 2005, along with Erik, and have been serving as Trail Manager.  A Brownsvillain for over 40 years, I’ve been backcountry skiing Ascutney and biking these hills for much of that time.”