Winter News


by Craig Altschul

Haystack Mountain in Wilmington, Vt., is getting a new life and a new face. It is resurfacing as the Haystack Club, a members-only, four-season private resort in Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Haystack Ski Resort and Golf Club was recently purchased by Jim Barnes, owner of the adjoining Hermitage Inn, a four-star country inn with dining facilities, a 9-mile hiking and cross country ski trail, mountain biking, snow tubing, snowmobiling, ice-skating and fly-fishing. Club members will have access to the Desmond Muirhead-designed golf course and the ski area in addition to the Hermitage’s offerings. The inn will serve as Haystack’s base lodge this season. The Master Plan calls for about 38 ski homes on two to three-acres to be built in 2012; the Haystack Club Hotel and 51,000-square-foot Club Lodge which will include the spa and wellness center, five-star restaurant, and lounge are targeted for 2013.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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