The future plans for the defunct Southern Vermont ski area are not yet known.
Friday, May 25, 2018, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
The Maple Valley Base Lodge (May 2018)
After sitting idle and for sale for nearly two decades, Maple Valley was acquired by Sugar Mountain Holdings, LLC on Wednesday for $745,000, according to the Brattleboro Reformer.
Registered as a Vermont business on December 18, 2017, Sugar Mountain Holdings is managed by Keane E. Aures, who has been Senior Counsel for Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani since 2017, focusing in construction and environmental law. A 2006 University of Connecticut School of Law graduate, Aures was recognized as an Emerging Young Professional Leader by the Construction Institute in 2016 while associated with Robinson+Cole. Aures practices law in Connecticut and New York.
The $745,000 purchase price was significantly less than the $950,000 advertised selling price for the 385 acre ski area. Seller Nicholas Mercede had acquired Maple Valley at a foreclosure auction in 1997 and operated the ski area until 2000.
Late in the summer of 2017, a realtor with Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group approached the Dummerston Selectmen and Planning Commission about the possibility of re-purposing the property for high end residential or senior housing.
Maple Valley North Chairlift (May 2018)
Located a few minutes northwest of Brattleboro, Vermont, Maple Valley operated as a chairlift served ski area from 1963-64 to 1999-00. The area went through multiple bankruptcies in the 1980s and 1990s, as it could not compete with larger, modern areas nearby. Maple Valley features two Hall double chairlifts, a Hall T-Bar, a tubing lift, 2 400 GPM snowmaking pumps, and diesel generators, which power the lodge and lifts.