Windham, New York — After a tense winter, the Windham Mountain Club will keep its slopes accessible to the public.

The Times Union reported last week that the Windham Mountain Club submitted new plans to the Windham Planning Board earlier this month that aimed to clarify their future plans for accessibility. The main takeaway is that Windham doesn’t intend to make the ski resort solely for private members. Windham Mountain Club will return to the Windham Planning Board on June 20th to present its master plan.

Thomas Hoyt, who’s the Windham Town Supervisor, was pleased with how the meeting went:

“(Windham Mountain Club) heard the concerns of the planning board and hopefully have addressed those concerns voiced last fall.”

Skier visits will remain capped at 4000 people per day. Skier visits were originally at 7000 per day but were reduced to 4500 during the 22-23 season and then to 4000 for this past winter. They aim to sell 450-500 memberships in the next five to ten years, which would bring their total number of members to 1500. Lift tickets may be restricted on a few peak days but not outright unavailable like they were on Saturdays last season. They will also remain on the Ikon Pass for the 2024-25 season.

The path that Windham Mountain has been on over the past fourteen months has been strange, to say the least. In April 2023, Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners (KWHP) purchased the ski resort. The new ownership group included the Beall family, which helped create Ruby Tuesday, and Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners, creators of the Holiday Inn.

Then the rebrand happened. Their taglines for these changes were pretty bizarre: Say Goodbye To Windham Mountain and A Rare Time In Rarefied Air. Their slogans sounded like something Nicole Kidman would say in those AMC commercials. They remained Windham Mountain to the Windham Mountain Club, added four new restaurants, and it was revealed that they were getting rid of their popular mountain biking park.

People were generally against these plans. For locals, frustration mounted over giving away their mountain to a glitzier group of people. Local businesses wondered what fewer guests would mean for their bottom line. The vitriol on social media was so fierce that the comments on their Instagram page remain off to this day. The situation even made headlines in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

While the rebrand was pretty brutal, it’s good that they have listened to public and local feedback and are now trying to clarify their future ambitions.

Image Credits: Windham Mountain Club

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