New Hampshire approves sale of Mount Sunapee ski area

The ski area is built on public land but has been in private operation since 1998.

FILE - This April 30, 2013 file photo shows the Mount Sunapee Ski Area in Newbury, N.H.  Concerned residents will get the chance hear from Vail Resorts, Wednesday, July 25, 2018,  on their planned the proposed takeover of the Mount Sunapee ski area.  Vail announced on June 4 that it would be acquiring the operating rights to three ski areas owned by the Mueller family: Sunapee, Okemo in Vermont and Crested Butte in Colorado.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
Mount Sunapee ski area in Newbury, New Hampshire. –Jim Cole / AP, File

NEWBURY, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has cleared the way for Vail Resorts to buy the rights to the Mount Sunapee ski area.

Sarah Stewart, commissioner of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, said Wednesday that the department found no reason to object after a review, an audit and an extensive public input period. She called Vail a “great fit” for New Hampshire.

The ski area is built on public land but has been in private operation since 1998.

The Concord Monitor reports that the state’s approval comes with several amendments to the underlying lease that will require approval by the governor and Executive Council next month. The changes include an expansion proposal that was approved by the governor and council in 2016 but has faced some strong opposition in the community.