Small family-owned resort lovers, rejoice.
In an era most readily defined by the rapid growth and the merging of large resorts, we have unfortunately become all too accustomed to the demise of your every day mom-and-pop mountain. Between rising participant costs, multiple season-long draughts, and an inarguable decline in participation across the snow sports industry– this reality has simply become the bitter pill we all must swallow. Remember last year when we brought you a story about Vermont's Maple Valley being up for sale?
Well, today we are happy to share that it's not all doom and gloom– and you can pass on washing down that bitter pill with a cold one this time around. Maple Valley has finally been purchased.
The resort, which sits just north of Brattleboro, VT, and a short drive from the New Hampshire border, has recently been acquired by Sugar Mountain Holdings, LLC for $745,000. The selling price, which is drastically lower than the $950,000 asking price, comes as a relief to many after the resort sat idle for nearly two decades.
Maple Valley operated regularly from 1963–2000, and in its prime, was home to two double chairs, a t-bar, a tubing park, and even a halfpipe. The modest 374-acre plot of land even boasts lights for night riding, and a fully operational snowmaking system which can pump up to 800 gallons of water a minute.
At this point, Sugar Mountain Holdings has yet to issue a statement regarding plans for the coming season. And while speculation that the land may be used for housing developments continues to circle, here at TransWorld, we stand firmly with the local community hoping lifts will spin once again. After all, there is an undeniably special quality to a day spent hot-lapping double chairs on just over 1,000 feet of vertical.
So keep them fingers crossed, and lucky stars counted. Here's to passing on your resort's $12 dollar beer, for a cold can in the parking lot at Maple Valley next season.