Hermitage


Barnes at the launch of the Barnstormer Summit Lift in 2016.
NEW YORK- The Second Court of Appeals dismissed a bankruptcy appeal by former Hermitage owner James Barnes on Thursday morning.
The court dismissed the appeal after Barnes failed to meet deadlines set for the submission of documents in the case.  On Friday, January 15, the court issued a...

The Hermitage Club is open again after being closed for two seasons.
The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain, now under member ownership and new management, opened for the season Saturday morning. 
Cutting the first-chair ribbon Saturday morning are the Doersch and Hekemian families flanked by Lift Operations team Bob Adams and Derek Miller.  The...
Reconstituted club plans reopening on December 12
WILMINGTON- Selectboard members met with Hermitage Member Club officials at their regular meeting Tuesday evening.
Hermitage board member Jeff Koslowsky the club was gearing up for its first season as a member-owned...

In March 2018, the Vermont Department of Taxes shut down the Hermitage for failure to pay rooms, meals, alcohol, and sales taxes. The same month, Berkshire Bank filed for foreclosure on the Hermitage for failure to pay $17 million in loans, About a year later, a group of creditors forced the Hermitage into bankruptcy. The Hermitage real estate and other assets were sold at auction to the Hermitage Club Member Group in March 2020. Barnes' appeal of the bankruptcy court's sale order was dismissed last week.
By Mike Eldred
BURLINGTON- Vermont District Court Judge Christina Reiss has dismissed former Hermitage owner James Barnes’ appeals in the bankruptcy sale of Hermitage assets to the Hermitage Member Group.  
In her decision, Reiss ultimately found that the court lacked jurisdiction...

Leon Boyd waves from the cab of a Pisten-Bully snowcat in this 2015 photo taken on Haystack Mountain. Boyd was waiting while mechanich “Joey Diesel” made a mid-mountain repair. The Hermitage Club has named a trail in memory of Boyd, who died in April from COVID-19 complications. Aaron Sherritt
Mountain trail dedicated to “Cat-illac” pilot who lost battle with coronavirus WILMINGTON- Officials at the Hermitage Club say they’re working hard to pick up the pieces at Haystack Mountain and put the ski area back together. Along with lift maintenance, pressure-checking...
Crews working on the Barnstormer lift at the Hermitage Club on November 3.           RC
Crews working on the Barnstormer lift at the Hermitage Club on November 3. RC
WILMINGTON- Haystack Mountain at the Hermitage Club has been shuttered for the past two winter seasons, following a bankruptcy filing and a fight for ownership between club members and previous owner James Barnes. That tug-of-war for ownership of the club was finally settled earlier this year...

Screenshot of Mount Snow General Manager Tracy Bartels
WILMINGTON - At a meeting of the bi-town economic development committee on Thursday, November 5, the committee received updates about upcoming winter operations at Mount Snow and the Hermitage Club. In addition, Wilmington Economic Development Consultant Gretchen Havreluk said attempts to contact...
Winter is on its way. Snow blanketed the Haystack Mountain trails and parking lots at the Hermitage Club on Tuesday.  Early season storms have given everyone a taste of the coming winter.
Photo by Randy Capitani
Winter is on its way. Snow blanketed the Haystack Mountain trails and parking lots at the Hermitage Club on Tuesday. Early season storms have given everyone a taste of the coming winter. Photo by Randy Capitani
MONTPELIER- Vermont businesses dependent on outdoor sports tourism may be in for a lean winter.  At a press conference on Tuesday, state officials said the number of people in the Northeast who can travel to Vermont without a quarantine had dwindled to just 332,000.  Those who can travel to...
These fan guns were included in the sale of Hermitate equipment repossessed by Lakeland Bank last August
These fan guns were included in the sale of Hermitate equipment repossessed by Lakeland Bank last August
HARTFORD, CT- A Connecticut Superior Court judge has denied a motion by Lakeland Bank for default judgment against James Barnes for more than $469,000 in damages.
In her denial, Judge Ann Lynch noted that Lakeland attorneys signed an affidavit certifying that Barnes is not currently on...

The Watch Hill estate formerly owned by Donna and Jim Barnes, in Westerly, RI, was sold at a bankruptcy auction in March. File photo
HARTFORD, CT- A Connecticut District Bankruptcy Court judge has granted a motion for a settlement with a group of Hermitage creditors in Donna Barnes’ personal bankruptcy case.
In his decision, Judge James Tancredi rejected an objection by Hermitage creditor Reinhart Foodservice in which...

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