Maple Valley owner
expects to return to DRB
By CHRIS GAROFOLO / Reformer Staff
Friday August 5, 2011
DUMMERSTON -- Representatives with the
Connecticut company hoping to reopen the Maple
Valley Ski Area as a four-season resort expect to
have the necessary documentation completed
sometime in the autumn.
Property owner Nicholas Mercede, who applied for a
conditional use permit to resume operations at the
site through the Stamford, Conn.-based MVS
Associates, LLC, said his firm hopes to have a more
definitive site plan to present to the Dummerston
Development Review Board for its September
MVS Associates was scheduled to attend the DRB
meeting on July 26, but the company did not have
the proper documentation required to proceed.
They do not expect to have the proposal completed
by the next meeting on Aug. 16.
During a June meeting, the board requested more
clarity in the ambitious zoning application to
reopen the Maple Valley.
"We have to get more information. We're getting all
the little things cleared up, we're getting the maps
all set, getting all the information ready to go to the
zoning board," Mercede told the Reformer on
Wednesday afternoon. "It will probably be another
two weeks after [Aug. 16], at the end of August,
maybe in September and I will give them all the
information needed for the permits."
Mercede presented an application earlier this
summer to reopen the long-closed facility with
activities extending from the winter season into fall.
Plans also include a retail store and ski/bicycle
repair shop, as well as the mountain's ski school.
Planners ran into some obstacles with the board
with some "pie-in-the-sky" ideas -- as a DRB
member called them -- including hang-gliding, zip
lines, archery camps and paintball.
During the June meeting, DRB member Lew Sorenson
said the board would not address conceptual
designs until many of the activities have been
The designs for the ski resort, located six miles
north of Brattleboro on Route 30, would not change
the existing trails or its lounge, though it would
require some structural work.
Concerns were raised by the public about noise
from the snow-making pumps and the light
pollution from night skiing. MVS representatives
said there are new standards and better equipment
for lighting and snow-making fixtures that will
reduce these issues, which were also problems
when Maple Valley was last open 10 years ago.
MVS Associates hope to have the rehabilitation work
completed within a year, but that does not include
inspections at the state level for the lighting, septic
system and other utilities.
Chris Garofolo can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-254-2311 ext.