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Pump House debuts to rave reviews at Jay Peak

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Staff  December 15, 2011 11:48 AM

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Stuck in Vermont does a nice job here of chronicling the grand unveiling of Jay Peak's new indoor waterpark earlier this week, when the northern Vermont resort invited area children and those who worked on the project to kick things off at "The Pump House."

In fact, Sarah Tuff calls it, "the wildest thing to happen to Vermont's ski resort scene since the Civilian Conservation Corps cut trails on Mount Mansfield in 1933."

Since that was essentially the beginning of Vermont's ski resort scene, that's saying something.

The $25 million park features a number of water slides including mini slides for the youngest visitors, a climbing wall, a surf pool, and "La Chute," a 60-foot freefall slide in which riders will find themselves going at some 40 miles per hour. The construction of the park made national headlines over the past few years, thanks to Jay's participation in the EB-5 visa investment program.

Looks like a blast. Maybe not on par with the "Chutes" at the Jay summit, but we shall see.

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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at and


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