The new ownership of the defunct Vermont area could resume ski operations within a decade.
Monday, June 25, 2018, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
The Maple Valley Base Lodge (May 2018)
A brewery and distillery are on tap for the defunct Maple Valley ski area, according to the new ownership group, Sugar Mountain Holdings.
According to the Brattleboro Reformer, Sugar Mountain Holdings manager Keane E. Aures appeared before the Dummerston Select Board last week and described the vision to have a brewery and distillery open in 1 to 2 years, a vineyard in 3 to 5 years, and skiing in 8 to 10 years. Aures told the Reformer that the snowmaking and lift infrastructure would likely need to be replaced in order to reopen the ski area.
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.
Sugar Mountain Holdings acquired the 385 acre ski area from MVS Associates for $745,000 in May.