The Maple Valley Ski Resort in West Dummerston in southern Vermont, has been closed for a decade. However, according to recent actions by its property owner, Nicholas Mercede, there is a chance they could reopen very soon.
Maple Valley was founded by Vermont entrepreneur, Terry Tyler in 1963. Tyler, a lover of skiing teamed up the Pirovane family who then took over until the 1980s until Merecede won an auction of the resort in 1997. This lost Vermont ski resort was last opened in 2001 and featured two double chairlifts, t-bar and wire handle tow for snow tubbing.
Mercede recently applied for a conditional use permit for the ski area that would resume mountain operations throughout the entire year. Besides winter season sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating, Merecede’s has interests spanning mountain biking and hiking as well as specific autumn activities (events celebrating Halloween and other autumn celebrations) to summer activities (paintball games and soapbox racing). Also, hosting outdoor concerts and weddings is on his planning list.
Located six miles from Brattleboro, VT, Maple Valley Ski Resort’s Sugar Mountain summit is 1,312 feet and encompasses over 380 acres. In the event it reopens, Maple Valley will need a registered engineer to complete a thorough inspection, evaluation and report on the sewage collection and treatment and disposal.
“We don’t necessarily forecast that it would make a giant bump in the skier visits, but any ski area opening in the state of Vermont is certainly welcome in that it’s going to have more of a local scene,” said Jen Butson, the Director of Public Affairs with Ski Vermont. “Maple Valley is not a higher-elevation location, but it would be welcome for families and welcome for people who are going to be learning, and that of course is a benefit to the state as a whole.”
According to the Dummerston Zoning Administrator Charlotte Annis, Mercede’s application is in the hands of the town’s Development Review Board. The Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing on June 21, 2011. They will start at the ski area for a site inspection around 6PM and then reconvene in the town office around 7PM.
(Maple Valley chairlift picture taken by Paul O. Boisvert for The New York Times)