Progress Continues on Sugarbush Resort’s Valley House Lift Project



John Bleh
Sugarbush Resort

Warren, VT (May 5, 2015) – Sugarbush Resort met with the Warren Development Review Board this week regarding the Valley House Lift Project. The DRB focused mainly on the base portion of the project, including the reconstruction of a Mountain Water Company building, relocation of a new lift base terminal, and removal of the current Sugarbush mountain operations building.

No major issues came out of the review and the resort received verbal approval to continue moving forward with the project. Sugarbush is awaiting determination from Act 250 regarding how the District 5 Environmental Commission plans to review the application.

The Valley House Lift project has made significant progress this spring. All chairs have been removed from the lift and the majority were sold to the public. The resort put another ten chairs up for public auction, raising more than $10,000 which was donated to the Mad River Valley Community Fund in memory of Arthur Williams. Win Smith, Sugarbush’s President and majority owner, matched the resort’s donation with money from his family fund.

Most lift towers have been removed, many by bringing them down the hill over the snow pack. This process minimized environmental impacts and eliminated potential soil erosion.

The resort aims to have the new Valley House Quad up and running by Community Weekend in early October.