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.”


Ben Bardwell - Vice President: Development/Marketing Committee Chairperson

"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."


Matt Kantola - Treasurer: Town of West Windsor Representative

“I moved to West Windsor 12 years ago with my wife and 3 kids. Soon after, I discovered the beauty of the WW Town Forest with my mountain bike, skis and hiking boots! I have been stoked ever since. I am on the board because I want to continue to improve the WWTF experience. My personal goals are to make it a more welcoming place for all users through all the seasons.”


Stan Spencer - Secretary: Summer Trails Committee Chairperson

"A resident of Windsor, Stan is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast and traveler who enjoys hiking, whitewater paddling, sailing, and skiing out of bounds.  Stan learned how to ride a bike in 1964 and earned his first stitches shortly thereafter. He continues to ride almost daily and still prefers a fully rigid single-speed...enough said."


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.”

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. "

Colin Eggleton - Director 

“My wife and I moved to Brownsville, Vermont 3 years ago in largely because of the mountain bike trails in the area. I'm a ski/bike patroller at a nearby mountain resort and an EMT with the West Windsor Volunteer Fast Squad. I joined the Board of Directors to help continue the incredible work that has been done to create and maintain the local trail systems. I can often be found out riding, hiking, skiing or working on the trails so I'll see you out there!”

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.”


C. Michael Bell - Trail Crew

“I grew up hiking the trails that climb Mt. Ascutney and exploring all the terrain between them. Since returning to West Windsor a few years ago, I've kept involved in the trails programming as a trail builder, STAB President (2014-2018), VMBA board member (2016-2019), tour guide, and event manager. What engages me the most is the scope of year-round, trail-based opportunities of Ascutney and how they bring such great benefit to the surrounding communities. Through the variety of activities, there are so many ways to bring people together to learn, challenge, and share experiences.”