Any plans for the resurection of Maple Valley have to include my son. When i told him that the mountain was for sale I think he checked to see how much money he had in his piggy bank.
2016-2017 - 21 Days
51 posts and 671 different people viewing. I'd say there is interest. Too bad the economy is so bad...these could be potential investors.
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Northeast Slopes, Bromley, Quechee Lakes, Suicide Six operate, are small and affordable and in Vermont. Bear Creek is small but definately not very affordable.
Small NH hills near Vermont...don't forget about the Dartmouth Skiway.
Last edited by ski_resort_observer; Dec 5, 2008 at 11:33 PM.
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Warren and I stopped by Maple Valley on the way home from Stratton Mountain. Once again it was much warmer at Maple Valley (34F) vs 26F with snowcover at Stratton and little to none at Maple Valley.
I was a bit tired from a day of skiing and had about 50% enthusiasim for reaching the summit when we set out hiking up Guando Bear which is the long wraparound green run to the summit.
Warren gave out about a third of the way up and I kept on going while he sat and rested reaching about 3/4 of the way to the summit before ice, slippery footing and tired muscles made me stop.
As you can see by the picture, Guando Bear still sports it's night lighting system that is 100% intact with no visible signs of vandalism. There is also an airless snowmaking system:
There is a pile of ski boots in the ski shop:
Last edited by loafer89; Dec 6, 2008 at 7:54 PM.
2016-2017 - 21 Days
Great pics! It's still in relatively good shape. It would be a lot of work...but certainly not starting from scratch.
I skied Whittier from 1973 until it closed in 79 (or whenever). It was effectively closed before the end date because they went through a series of sham owners before the property was finally seized and broken up by the bank. By that time there was just about nothing left to burn. The new lodge and snow cat barn and all the grooming equipment had gone up in the prior couple of years. In the last season I remember the gondola didn't operate all that often and the t-bar that ran up the face would usually break down between 1 and 2pm, at which point we'd break out the wine, toboggans and flying saucers (nearly got hit by a snowcat on a flying saucer one day). I know someone who was a serious potential buyer, but from what I heard they wouldn't let them draw water from the Bearcamp river for snowmaking. My club had a house that slept 75 within a 5 minute driver or a long walk. My club was one of the dominate race clubs in EICSL because they left us a small slope (called the Blitzschnell Schuss) and t-bar running without an attendant all day. We'd set a course for the morning, take it down at lunch, they'd groom it, we'd set up another for the afternoon. Whittier was a tough little mountain. The front slope had a double fallaway from the top of the main T. We had a great deal with the last real owners... If you showed up to trail clear in the fall you got a season pass for something like $75. Even by 1973 when I started going there they'd already effectively abandoned a big slope off the top called Barefoot Boy. Willy Kalinuk who owned SkiWorks and was a member told me about skiing down the gondola line one great snow year.
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