PHOTO: Doug Kerr
Vermont’s Maple Valley Ski Area, closed since 2000, is listed for sale for $950,000 and looking for a hero to pluck her from the decaying hands of destitution and breathe pure, powdery East Coast revival into her cold, listless veins. Located 133 miles south of Stowe Mountain and a 45-minute drive from Stratton Mountain, the 370-acre hill opened in 1963 with one double chairlift and a 775-foot-long T-bar.
Built on the 1,312-foot-high Sugar Mountain, today the Maple Valley property includes 16 downhill trails (the longest being 1 1/2 miles long with over 1,000 feet vertical drop) accessible by two chairlifts, a T-bar and tube lift. A three-story base lodge--a.k.a. your new penthouse après pad--includes a ticket booth, rental shop, cafeteria, and sky-lit bar on the top floor, which in most recent years has been utilized for festivals, weddings, and other non-skiing events.
After nearly 40 years in operation, Maple Valley sold at auction for $1.2 million in 1989, and the new ownership began marketing the mountain as a lighted halfpipe through the mid-1990s. In 1997, the slopes where most locals under 30 years old learned to ski went into foreclosure--where’s she has been since, waiting for someone, anyone, to throw down the cash, and be the hero East Coast skiers need. To kiss away the pain. To stand by her forever…