I’m feeling compelled. This letter is in response to the proposed and current things going on or wanting to go on with the Hermitage “Club.”
First let me say I’ve, along with my family, been in the valley for over 40 years. I remember when Route 100 was a dirt road from the Old Red Mill to Mount Snow.
Dear Mr. Barnes: Your contributions are good. I have no problem with your adventurous plans, good luck. I always enjoyed skiing Haystack.
Personally however, I feel your “private club” and you are moving way too fast. This is not Tahoe or Vail. Never has been, never will be. Before attempting to buy up the valley, you should maybe fix and bring up to date what you already have.
Even if I had $250,000 to invest, I would not buy into a ski/board resort and have to crap in an outhouse at 10 degrees. Lifts: the current main lifts are good but too slow by today’s standards. The Witches chair is fast, but dangerous if a person does not know how to load in 4.2 seconds.
Snowmaking: get in a program. Nature does not cut it most of the time. Downfall of the previous owners also.
Airport: Well ask any pilot, one of the most difficult runways in New England. I, personally knew three of the deceased pilots.
A “jetport”?: Again this ain’t Tahoe. Why a jetport? Maybe “dreamin” you should think 22nd century (Jetsons) spaceport. Uses less space! LOL
Not real sure of the boundaries here but a “wind generator on top of the Barnstormer lift?” Is that a National Forest? What about asthetics? Act 250?
Tours of Dover and Wilmington: I’ve lived here most of my life. Progress is good and an inevitable thing. Big Q: Why are you putting this airport thing on the fast track? Maybe “we” should get the airport up and running as was before thinking about jets. Free sand: I want some! Donate to a for profit business is wrong. Want it? Buy it at a market value then pay taxes. Might if you will “donate” it to a noble cause such as Habit for the “humans.” They pay taxes also.