Most who speak at public hearing favor Mount Sunapee plans
By DAN SEUFERT
Union Leader Correspondent | August 26. 2014 11:25PM
More than 250 people attended a hearing Tuesday night on Mount Sunapee's new five-year master plan. (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent)
But opponents of the plan to develop the “West Bowl” area of the mountain said the majority of audience members are against the plan — in large part because Mount Sunapee officials did not provide enough detail for them.
Elliott said the group has opposed development plans since a similar proposal was first put forward in 2001.
The ski area, which has 66 trails and slopes covering 233 skiable acres, is owned by the state but has been leased since 1998 by Tim and Diane Mueller, who also own Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vt.
The West Bowl project would feature a high-speed quad chairlift and 75 acres of new ski terrain on the west slope of Mount Sunapee. Mount Sunapee officials are proposing to add four new ski trails, one new high-speed lift, a new base lodge and additional parking. There are other changes proposed in the plan, including an upgrade of the resort’s main ski lift.
“They’ve been a great help, getting veterans in here for free sometimes, giving veterans a chance to heal,” Marche said.
“We are concerned that they want to make the area residential, and make money on the housing,” she said. “They aren’t telling us everything ... and I think they’ve done enough developing.”
“But even if we wanted to build housing on the property, we would still have to go through the town of Goshen and meet the public’s approval through that process,” he said.
A few of those speaking in favor of the plans identified themselves as employees of the resort.