New Hampshire Clears The Way For Vail’s Purchase Of Mount Sunapee Ski Area

September 27, 2018
Photo: Vail Buys 3 Resorts | Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire - AP
Mount Sunapee Ski Area in Newbury, N.H., April 30, 2013. 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.

New Hampshire has approved Vail Resorts' purchase of 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.

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