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State of Vermont Closes Haystack
State of Vermont Closes Haystack
Vermont Department of Taxes has declared the Hermitage Club can no longer do business due to unpaid taxes.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
Jim Barnes

The elite Hermitage Club and its Haystack ski area were shut down by the Vermont Department of Taxes on Monday. According to Deerfield Valley News, Hermitage Club LLC "is not presently authorized to collect sales and use, meals and rooms, and income withholding taxes, and the business is currently not in good standing."

The company reportedly owes $1.2 million in taxes, according to the Deerfield Valley News. Employees were reportedly escorted from the property by police.

Berkshire Bank filed a foreclosure complaint in February, with some $16.5 million owed by the company for its lavish new base lodge.

Located in the Deerfield Valley near Mount Snow, the club features the Haystack ski area, a golf course, and numerous inns and restaurants. Hermitage founder Jim Barnes acquired the defunct Haystack ski area in October 2011 and soon installed two new fixed grip quad chairlifts. An 80,000 square foot lodge was constructed for 2014-15 and a $7.3 million heated, high speed detachable six person chairlift for 2015-16.

Barnes stepped down from day to day management in February and is reportedly facing facing sex discrimination and whistleblower complaints.


  • Hermitage Club shut down by state again - Deerfield Valley News External link


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