Long closed Vermont ski resort could see brewery before more skiing

The Maple Valley Ski Area would have to be rebuilt from scratch.

DUMMERSTON, Vt. (AP) — Officials at a former Vermont ski resort say a sustainable brewery and distillery could be up and running within a year, but it could take nearly a decade for the ski area to reopen.

On May 23, Sugar Mountain Holdings completed its purchase of the 375-acre Dummerston property from MVS Associates for $745,000. The Brattleboro Reformer reports Sugar Mountain spokesman Keane Aures met with the Dummerston Select Board June 20 to outline a plan for the Maple Valley Ski Area.

Aures represents a group of anonymous investors that purchased the former ski resort. Aures says to reopen the ski area, investors would have to “start from scratch” in rebuilding.

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Aures plans to hire an engineering firm determine if the base lodge can be as a brewery and a distillery.