Haystack Club Mothballed

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SAM Magazine-Wilmington, Vt., Jan. 15, 2006-The Haystack Mountain Club, an exclusive private ski area, golf and equestrian resort being built on the bones of the old Haystack ski area, has suspended operations and laid off all but a few employees, according to a report in the local Deerfield Valley News. Contractors working at the site have received letters instructing them to cease and desist their work.

While Haystack had sold a number of memberships, overall interest was below expectations, company president Dave Dillon told the News. As a result, "We're suspending all construction and suspending membership sales while we reassess the impact this winter has had on winter-related businesses," he added.

The project hasn't been scrapped altogether, Dillon claimed. The company is moving forward with its permit applications in case the market improves. "We've scaled back, but we have a core staff that continues," he said. "But we'll be moving forward at a different pace." A much slower pace. The company is returning the memberships collected to date, suggesting that the project won't resume anytime soon.

Dillon blamed slow membership sales on the lack of snowfall in the Northeast, but the nationwide decline in real estate sales may have also played a role.



Many folks are ready to bail out of Mt Snow despite the new ownership and were hoping to move down th street. This ending is a real bummer and yet another great ski hill may now be dead forever.

Keep Public Lands open to the public..

Mr. Dillon and his development friends are calling it quits. One can only hope that they learned a lesson in the process. The Green Mountain National forrest belongs to all citizens not just the wealthy ones.
Keep Haystack Public or give it back to the woods. \