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Mt Sunapee in NH continues process to add terrain, West Bowl plans approved but no timeline yet

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According to an article in New England Ski Industry on 3/17/16, Mt. Sunapee is one step closer to final approval for the West Bowl expansion.  However, it's not clear whether or not opening all new terrain 2018-19 is still on track.

 

http://www.newenglandskiindustry.com/viewstory.php?storyid=400

 

The New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development granted Mt. Sunapee final approval on its proposed West Bowl expansion project, sending the agreement to the Governor and Executive Council for formal adoption. Since the draft decision issued last year, the approved new ski terrain has been reduced by 25%, including the elimination of a connector trail and mandating stumps be left in place on the lift line.

Expansion Plans
Approved plans for the West Bowl expansion, estimated last year at $13.85 million, include 56 acres of new skiable terrain, a high speed quad, a novice surface lift, a new base area with a 1,250 person comfortable carrying capacity featuring parking and a 12,500 square foot base lodge. The present day Sunapee Express Quad would likely be relocated to the West Bowl and would be replaced on the main mountain by a new high speed six pack.

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Thanks — I hadn't seen this article, but I've been following developments.  Sunapee is my local hill, and as a skier, I hope the expansion happens.

 

As a conservation-minded type, though, I'm ambivalent.  I'd like to see them expand responsibly.  I'm not much for the condo plan that's been floating around.

 

Still, if it's done right, it cuts almost ten minutes from my commute. :)

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When was the idea of this expansion first brought up?

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The has been variants of the expansion plan tied with real estate development dating back to 2010 or earlier. This most recent plan appears to be different. 

 

http://www.enhancemountsunapee.com/The-Plan.aspx

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When was the idea of this expansion first brought up?

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Originally Posted by jack97 View Post
 

The has been variants of the expansion plan tied with real estate development dating back to 2010 or earlier. This most recent plan appears to be different. 

 

http://www.enhancemountsunapee.com/The-Plan.aspx


Helpful, thanks!

 

So the current Master Plan is for 2014-2019.  Seems like the process of getting approvals is moving forward but the real question will be how to fund actual construction.

 

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Here's the current status, distributed by email: 

 

"On Thursday, March 17th, Commissioner Jeff Rose of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) announced the agency’s APPROVAL of the revised Mount Sunapee Master Development Plan.  

But --- this approval is not final yet --- it still must be approved by the Governor and Executive Council next Wednesday, March 23rd, and we need your support immediately. Our opposition is trying very hard to derail our approval.

 

This approval is the first step in the process for the long awaited West Bowl Expansion which would add a new 5,100 foot high-speed quad chairlift and four new ski trails to the ski area.

Commissioner Rose and his staff carefully considered all public comments, and worked diligently to craft a balanced decision which respects conservation values, increased recreational opportunities and economic benefits to both the State and the Sunapee region.

Mount Sunapee Resort will donate 410 acres of land to the State of NH to be added to Mount Sunapee State Park as a condition of this approval. 150 acres will become part of the ski area leasehold and contain the West Bowl expansion. 260 acres will be conservation lands that will become part of the state park, but not part of the ski area leasehold. 

It has taken nearly 15 years to get to this point."

 

The email includes an appeal to contact members of the New Hampshire Executive Council and the governor's office.

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Today's press release:

 

MOUNT SUNAPEE RESORT RECEIVES APPROVAL FROM THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR THE WEST BOWL EXPANSION

 

Newbury, NH – (April 6, 2016) - On April 6 the Governor and Executive Council of the State of New Hampshire approved a decision by the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) to allow Mount Sunapee to move forward with its West Bowl Expansion. 

The West Bowl Expansion will add 56 acres of skiing terrain down the west flank of Mount Sunapee into the town of Goshen. There will be four top-to-bottom runs serviced by a 5,100’ high-speed quad chairlift. The terrain will be primarily for intermediate and advanced intermediate skiers and snowboarders. All of the trails will be serviced by snowmaking. The West Bowl will create another entrance to Mount Sunapee Resort approximately two miles up Brook Road off Route 103 in Goshen. The base area will have a modest base lodge, parking and a beginner area serviced by a carpet lift.

“We are pleased with DRED’s decision which we believe thoughtfully balances conservation, recreation and economic vitality, and recognizes our efforts to be good stewards of Mount Sunapee,” says Jay Gamble, vice president and general manager of Mount Sunapee Resort.

The West Bowl Expansion is part of Mount Sunapee’s Revised Five-Year Master Development Plan which was submitted to DRED in June of 2014. There has been strong local support for the expansion. In March of 2014 the Town Of Goshen voted to create the Mount Sunapee Recreational District at their Town Meeting, which is zoned to accept the West Bowl Expansion. Selectmen from five surrounding towns submitted letters to DRED supporting the Master Development Plan.

“This decision by DRED will ensure that Mount Sunapee Resort will remain competitive with other New Hampshire and New England ski resorts and continue to be a strong economic stimulus year-round in the Lake Sunapee Region,” commented Gamble.

As part of the approved decision, 150 acres outside the current Mount Sunapee State Park boundary that include segments of the trails, lift and snowmaking for the West Bowl Expansion will be added to the ski area leasehold within the Sunapee State Park. Another 260 acres will be donated by Mount Sunapee for conservation lands along the Sunapee-Pillsbury corridor. A total of 410 acres will be added to the Mount Sunapee State Park.

 

I have mixed feelings, as I said. (But my skier side is going to like it. :))

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