It’s been a busy offseason over at Mount Snow, with two new high-speed chairlifts replacing three fixed-grip lifts for the 2022-23 season. According to the Brattleboro Reformer, this will be just the start of their capital expenditures. The Vermont ski resort is currently working on updating its master plan. As part of every ski resort in Vermont’s permitting process with the state, Mount Snow has to update its master plan every ten years. While not all of their plans have been revealed yet, their priorities appear to be more parking and affordable housing.
One of their potential plans involves the Howe Farm property next to Route 100 in Wilmington. A remote parking area and an eighty-four-unit affordable housing complex are being considered. Another idea is a thirty-eight-unit housing duplex with more parking spots, along with a bus stop. Snow Lake, which used to be a snowmaking pond, is planned to be drained in order to restore the river canal. The dried-up lake area could also become a parking lot. Other improvements include trail enhancements and more pedestrian crossings.
More parking is an important need for Mount Snow, as they currently charge for parking in numerous lots. The timeline for these projects is uncertain, as Adam White, who is the senior manager of resort communications at Vail Resorts’ Northeast properties, said that these developments are not instant priorities for Mount Snow. This is partially due to the ski resort recently adding employee housing to the Snow Lake Lodge. If they do happen though, these could be some need upgrades to improve the large Vermont ski resort’s infastructure.
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