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Latest news does not look good: https://vtdigger.org/2017/12/05/hermitage-club-falls-behind-payments/
Sounds like sooner or later this will be taken over by Peak.
I don't see why peak would want haystack. When ASC had both it did not help out Mt snow in any way. It's not like Killington and Pico where they can be easily connected, and haystack was not a good enough of a mountain to be a stand alone hill. I see it being taken over by nelsap.
Did ACS have a reason pass like Peak that could be used at other areas? I feel like that changes the dynamic a bit. I don't know much about Haystack, I skied it a bit when i was a kid in the 70's.
For what it's worth, from a Facebook post of a friend of mine who's a race coach at the Hermitage, they were making snow there yesterday (can't tell today by looking South from Mount Snow as it's not clear enough due to the snow flurries in the air this morning) and from taking a few runs this morning at Mount Snow with some of my Hermitage member friends who are skiing at Mount Snow today, the Hermitage had their sizeable annual holiday party for members last night, so the club is still spending money, and apparently members have been told that plans are in place to make the payments... Time will tell...
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They were making snow Friday. Saw it with my eyes from Mount Snow. Looked like only one trail ttb.
Definitely adds $$$ to the valley...
You could probably confirm this but I'd imagine a healthy percentage of member's are also giving Peaks a good chunk of change via season passes or seasonal programs, correct? That's something I wonder about a bit.
Any ASC passes OR Mount Snow day tickets as I recall were valid at Haystack. The ASC passes, depending on their level and what year it was, were good at one time or another at Mount Snow, Haystack, Killington, Pico, Sugarbush, Waterville Valley, Cranmore, Attitash, Wildcat, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Steamboat, CO, Heavenly, CA and The Canyons, UT. Much like the Hermitage's operating hours the last few season, ASC operated Haystack mainly on weekends and holiday weeks only (can't remember exactly if it was Fri- Sun or just Sat-Sun as the regular ASC operating days.....)
I wouldn't expect Peak to jump on The Hermitage should it go under. In the ASC days, there were significant permitting issues between the US Forest Service, the State of VT and some local land owners that prevented the expansion to connect the 2 along the roughly 2 miles of ridge line that separates them. And that was before all the additions that The Hermitage put in, all of the Hermitage's current tax issues and the ACT 250 issues they (The Hermitage) have incurred the last few years.
Plus Peak is already working on raising the $$ for the 2nd phase of their master plan for the redevelopment of the Sundance and Main Base areas of Mount Snow as well as some more on hill upgrades.
Lastly, while the writing on the wall looks ominous right now for the Hermitage, just remember that if they get 25 to 30 of their 600+ members to pay the $10k assessment, they'll be able to cover their tax issues, and I'm guessing that many of their members, who a good percentage of that I've encountered are in the finance world would see their own benefit in paying the $10k assessment so that their larger membership investment can retain some value still.... The Hermitage does have a decent number of members for whom writing a $10k check isn't a big deal at all, and for a few of the families that I know there that have kids in the race program, that $10k figure isn't far off of what they're annually spending on their kids race training and gear.....
Trying to remember what multi resort pass Wildcat used to be a part of then back in the mid 90's?? I know I used to go there and it was on my pass back then when I visited relatives in the Lakes Region....Unfortunately the ASC Pass was NEVER good at Wildcat.......