After sitting idle for four seasons, the former Bear Creek and Round Top area is set to reopen as a private club.
Thursday, September 25, 2014, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
After four years of closure, the former Round Top ski area in Vermont is set to reopen as a private club named Plymouth Notch. According to a September post on the club's web site, the multi-year upper mountain snowmaking reservoir project has been completed. Pump house construction and route trail maintenance are ongoing.
Located just south of Killington, Round Top originally opened with chairlift served skiing in early 1965. The area struggled financially and was closed for much of the 1980s and 1990s.
Round Top reopened as a private club named Bear Creek in 1998. While there were plans to enlarge the ski area, the real estate market contributed to the closure of Bear Creek following the 2009-10 ski season.
David Panagrossi and Warren Evanko purchased the ski area in the fall of 2010 with plans to continue the development of a private club under the name Plymouth Notch. While the ski area has not operated since 2010, the chairlift was inspected in 2014 and routine trail mowing continued. According to the Plymouth Notch web site, the snowmaking project will be completed in time for a December 26, 2014 reopening.
While Bear Creek sold lift tickets to non-members, there is no indication this practice will continue with Plymouth Notch. Current membership rates are listed as $25,000 per family, plus $7,000 in annual dues, plus a $1,000 minimum spent on food and beverage.