The owner of the private Haystack ski area is facing significant financial problems.
Friday, January 5, 2018, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
After missing another payment deadline, the Hermitage Club appears to be one appeal away from having its water and sewer shut off, which would also disable its fire suppression system, reports the Brattleboro Reformer.
Though it made a payment last month, Hermitage owes $87,000 in outstanding water and sewer bills. According to the Cold River Fire District administrator, "citing the past delinquencies and the fact that this is six months past due, the full amount would need to be paid to avoid shutoff."
The services could be shut off as soon as Monday if an appeal is unsuccessful.
In October, Hermitage announced it was imposing an immediate $10,000 fee on members to pay down debt.
A single membership at the Hermitage currently costs $80,000 plus $4,750 in annual fees.
Recently, The Bachelor Winter Games reality show was filmed at the private resort.
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 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.