Have you ever had the dream of owning your own snowboarding hill? Waking up and getting first tracks solo, or with your friends, any morning you choose? Around this time of year, every year, small resorts pop up on real estate websites looking for their next owner, the next person that will snag first tracks whenever they see fit. It is like a snowboarder’s field of dreams, but Kevin Costner already built the field for you.
This week, we found a small resort in southern Vermont by the name of Maple Valley. About an hour drive from the famed Stratton Mountain, for the small price of $950k, the resort is all yours. The sweet deal might be on account of the name of the hill the resort sits on is Sugar Mountain. Now for 95% of our readers, this is probably unattainable, but dreaming is fun. And who wants to work? Take a break and check out a little slice of snowboarding history that could be all yours.
Sitting on 374 acres, less than 10 miles from the New Hampshire border, Maple Valley originally opened in the early ’60s and was fully operational until 2000. Back in the ’90s, the valley resort even built a halfpipe for its snowboarding patrons, recognizing the growing market. Nobody on staff here can attest since they haven’t ridden the resort, but the online reviews and memories posted from locals seemed to hold the old ski hill in high regard.
The current property, posted for sale by Frank Mercede & Sons, boasts a 16,000 square foot lodge, two functional lifts, a t-bar, and a tubing hill. In addition to the lifts, a fully functional snowmaking operation and sets of lights are already in place to extend the day into the night and the season as long as possible. The property details from the realty site lists two 400 gallon-per-minute pumps, feeding from the river to make all your dreams come true.
Feeling froggy? Go ahead and leap. Imagine riding with no hassle from the courtesy police, setting up jibs and hits wherever you want, and drinking for free in the fully stocked bar! Plus, we hear southern Vermont is awfully nice this time of year. Any and all inquires about the property can be directed to the current sellers.