Category Archives: Ski/Snowboard

Jay Peak president buys another resort

MONTPELIER - The president of Vermont’s Jay Peak resort says he sees a hotel in the Burke Mountain resort’s future.
Jay Peak’s Bill Stenger, who bought Burke this week with his business partner Ari Quiros for an undisclosed sum, says he thinks the biggest challenge facing Burke is a lack enough beds in the area to house visitors to the ski area.
Stenger says he thinks Jay and Burke, about 45 minutes apart in northern Vermont, will complement each other well, particularly in efforts to promote both mountains in southern New England.
Jay has been undergoing major development in recent years, with the addition of a hotel, golf course, waterpark and other facilities. Burke has been building more modestly, adding a new quad lift and mountain biking trails among other amenities.

Ski resort has plans to upgrade building

JAY — A Vermont ski resort’s expansion plans include converting offices in a main building a country store-style setting with a deli.
The outside of the Austria Haus building at Jay Peak Resort would be redesigned and the interior of the old dining room and kitchen inside would be renovated.
The Caledonian-Record reports the building sits between two new hotels, the Tram Haus and the new Hotel Jay and conference center. It’s the last original building on the Tramside ski area.
The resort has started the permit request for a new expansion, including new trails, townhouses and condos, a hotel and other features.

Bolton supports ski resort land sale

BOLTON — Officials in a Vermont town are supporting the proposed sale of more than 1,100 acres owned by a ski resort to the Vermont Land Trust.
The Bolton Valley Ski Resort uses some of the land for cross-country skiing.
Ron Lafreniere, chairman of the Bolton Select Board, tells Vermont Public Radio the land would likely remain as backcountry trails accessible to the public. He also said the town would not lose much tax revenue.
The Trust says it might pass the land to the Agency of Natural Resources. Agency Commissioner Mike Snyder says the addition has the potential to maintain watersheds that would mitigate flooding. He said he would like more input from the community.

Killington reopens its K-1 Express Gondola

Killington ski area says it will open its K-1 Express Gondola today to take advantage of the recent snow.

On a Facebook post, the ski area said it will offer advanced skiing and riding off Killington Peak on ungroomed terrain.

The mountain is dealing with 18 inches of snow so the opening of the gondola may be delayed a little. Superstar Chair is scheduled to open at 10 a.m.

There are five open trails featuring 2 miles of skiing or riding.

Jay Peak submits expansion plans

JAY — A Vermont ski resort’s expansion plans include two new hotels, five additional ski lifts and 145 more acres of skiing and riding.
Jay Peak Resort’s plans also include 13 single family homes and 700 additional townhouse and condominium units.
The Caledonian Record reports a local environmental commission has scheduled a site visit and hearing next week to look the permit request.
Jay Peak estimate the expansion would increase the number of daily skiers from 4,230 to 6,560.

Okemo wins honor for best New England ski resort

Submitted by Okemo Mtn Resort today announced that Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, has been selected as the 2012 Readers’ Choice Award winner for Best New England Ski Resort. 

“This year’s Readers’ Choice Awards program had a record number of nominations submitted across dozens of categories and featured hundreds of finalists,” said Margot Weiss, managing editor, “We are thankful to all our readers for their participation and congratulate Okemo on their success.”

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Okemo to close for season Sunday

LUDLOW - Okemo Mountain Resort will close for the season at the end of the day Sunday.

“When we look back in the record books there will be an asterisk which will say, ‘No help from Mother Nature, the Okemo team did it all on their own,’” said Bruce Schmidt, the resort’s vice president and general manager, citing unseasonably warm temperatures this month for the early closing.

Okemo will end the season this weekend with FestEVOL. The two-day event celebrates  snowsports, mountain lifestyle, innovative natural brands and a sustainability-focused eco-village.

It will feature concert performances by Barenaked Ladies and The Pete Kilpatrick Band on  March 24, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Guster on  March 25.

Tickets are still available.

Because of the warmer than normal weather, the resort’s Okemo Valley Golf Club is planning an early opening. An early April start to the golf season is anticipated.

Another skiing Cochran, another gold medal

Ryan Cochran-Siegle won his second gold medal at the Jr. Worlds in Italy, according to a tweet from the US Ski Team.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle wins second Jr. Worlds gold medal with combined victory after finishing 10th in today’s slalom. Robert Cone was 6th!

I’ve scoured the wires and web and haven’t found any stories with details yet.

We’ll get details when available.

Groups announcing Nordic trails preservation

BOLTON — The Vermont land Trust has put down a deposit and will be working to raise nearly $1.6 million over 15 months to buy 1,161 acres of mountain land that’s part of the Bolton Valley ski resort.
A formal announcement with the Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic was being made Friday. Miles of cross-country trails are on the land.
If the sale goes through, it would represent a major addition to the long-term campaign to protect the Chittenden Uplands with wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities. More than 7,000 acres have been conserved.
A private buyer withdrew on a deal last year.