Hundreds attend public meeting to determine if State of NH will allow the sale of Mt Sunapee to Vail


On Wednesday evening, the NH attorney general hosted a meeting at the base lodge of Mount Sunapee. The purpose of the meeting was to gather input from the public on whether or not the transfer of the lease to operate the mountain to Vail Resorts is in the best interest of the State and residents.


Back on June 4th, Vail Resorts announced that they would be acquiring Mount Sunapee and Okemo along with Crested Butte in Colorado. However, this announcement was later followed by news that the transaction for Mount Sunapee, which is operated through a lease of public land with the State, could not legally be completed without approval from the State of New Hampshire.


The feedback from the public during Thursday evening’s meeting was mixed, with many residents in favor of Vail’s proposed acquisition and many others in opposition. All feedback will be considered before a decision is made, and the State is targeting September 3rd, 2018 to reach a conclusion. If the sale is not approved by the State, it is unclear whether or not Epic Pass holders will have access to Mount Sunapee.


Representatives from Vail Resorts in attendance could not give a detailed response to that question and said more details will be given if and when the sale is approved.

If you would like the State to consider your feedback on the sale of Mount Sunapee, whether for or against, you can contact MountSunapeeComments@dncr.nh.gov. The deadline for submitting comments is August 8th.

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