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SCFOMS2015June4_1200Coalition delivers 1,900+ comments and signatures opposing ski resort expansion at Mount Sunapee State Park to Governor Hassan and Commissioner Rose


Protect Mount Sunapee State Park

Write the Decision Makers

Talking Points: Why people oppose resort expansion.

The over-arching message was strong and clear at the 2015 public hearing at Mount Sunapee State Park: Resort expansion is a violation of public trust and represents negligent planning and irresponsible use of our most valued natural resources.

Help protect NH public lands and Mount Sunapee. Help protect the Region and the State from Bad Economic Development.

Contact the ultimate Decision Makers:

Governor Maggie Hassan

Executive Council Members

Share your letters with FOMS, email: Info@FriendsofMountSunapee.org

April 2015 – FOMS says DRED’s ‘draft decision’ that recommends resort expansion at Mount Sunapee is unacceptable: Read why! Read Commissioner Rose’s statement.

March 2015 – CNL looks at selling resort operations including Mount Sunapee

While the State considers a highly controversial proposal for expansion of the resort/ski area at Mount Sunapee State Park, the lessee CNL is considering an “exit strategy” that will maximize shareholder return. Read more…

“State should say no thanks to Sunapee plan”

Concord Monitor Editorial

Sunday, December 28, 2014 – Print edition and on-line

Sometime soon – soon being relative in a process that’s dragged on for years – Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, will issue his draft response to yet another proposal to expand the state-owned Mount Sunapee Ski area. That expansion, which would link publicly owned parkland to private land and become home to a major real estate development, is unprecedented in New Hampshire.

Get it wrong and a premier part of the state, and land left in trust to its people, could be forever altered. Rose’s response should be to withhold judgment pending more public hearings and answers to a host of questions. Should he ultimately recommend in favor of expanding the ski area, its fate will be up to the Executive Council and Gov. Maggie Hassan. If it comes to that, like her predecessor, governor John Lynch, Hassan should say, “No.”

…Anyone who wants to get a sense of what the Sunapee area could become should visit Ludlow, Vt., home to the Okemo ski area and soon to yet another “village” of summer homes and condominiums. Is that what New Hampshire wants for its state parks?

Read the editorial in full via www.Concord Monitor.com

State should say no thanks to Sunapee plan (PDF 75kb)

This proposal is wrong for Mount Sunapee State Park and wrong for New Hampshire.

FOMS letter to Governor Hassan and Commissioner Rose – Feb. 9, 2015

  • This proposal is wrong for our state park and wrong for New Hampshire. The expansion will violate the public trust, destroy exemplary forest in the park, bisect and diminish an ecological landscape of statewide importance, and will severely impact other popular public uses of the park.
  • Considering the harmful impacts and legal implications of expansion, the Friends of Mount Sunapee believes it is appropriate and advisable for the State to now direct Mount Sunapee Resort to bring forth to the public a revised Master Development Plan that stays within the existing ski area, leaves all identified exemplary forest untouched, and limits future projects to the areas of the park already disturbed.


Expansion proposal directly conflicts with the State’s legal obligation to protect exemplary natural communities.

Forest Society letter to DRED addresses Mount Sunapee expansion – Feb. 23, 2015

  • “Our review suggests that the Resort’s expansion proposal directly conflicts with the State’s legal obligation to protect exemplary natural communities.”
  • “The original reason that the Forest Society started protecting Mt. Sunapee in 1911, and assisted in its eventual transfer to the State, was to ensure that the ancient forests on its slopes be protected for posterity.  As the current steward of this public treasure, DRED should continue the work started in 1911 and use its authority to sustain the ecological health of these forests within the State Park.”

Proposed Expansion at Mount Sunapee: What are the issues and concerns?

FOMS opposes Okemo’s proposed Master Development Plan at Mount Sunapee as written. Our concerns include, but are not limited, to Okemo’s failure to address their private, residential development plans for the West Bowl; the legal and public policy implications of commingling of State Park land and private land; and the lack of inclusion of relevant environmental impact studies commissioned by the State. Read more…

FOMS Letter to DRED re: Mt Sunapee 09.26.14 (pdf)

Okemo/Mount Sunapee Resort submitted in June 2014 their proposed 2015-2019 Master Development Plan (MDP) for Mount Sunapee to N.H. Department of Resource and Economic Development (DRED). The plan proposes a “West Bowl” expansion of the existing trail network onto privately held land in Goshen. Although the MDP, as currently drafted, is suspiciously silent on the scale and scope of future residential development, the proposed expansion will connect the current lift access terrain to private property that in 2004 was slated for 175-250 condominium units. See below.

There are many unresolved concerns the proposed master plan does not address. See FOMS: Discussion of the 2015-2019 Proposed Master Plan for Mount Sunapee – Western Expansion Into Goshen

The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission evaluated the MDP and EMP.  Read the Commission’s Letter to Commissioner Rose.

IMPORTANT: Share your concerns with your elected officials and policy makers.

Governor Maggie Hassan: http://www4.egov.nh.gov/nhgovernor/comments

Commissioner Jeffrey Rose, Department of Resources and Economic Development: Jeffrey.Rose@dred.nh.gov

Commissioner Rose said he will issue a draft response on the Mount Sunapee master plan “in time for the Mount Sunapee Resort to prepare its Annual Operating Plan for 2015-2016, which is due to DRED by May 15, 2015.” That draft response will be posted on the State website. The commissioner said he will seek public comment on his draft response.

April 2015 – Amended Plan released by DRED Commissioner Rose

MDP 2014 Map Upgrading PlanOkemo/Mount Sunapee Resort – 2014 Proposed Master Development Plan for Mount Sunapee

Will there be Real Estate Development? Click here.

Read the Proposed Five Year MDP in three parts:

I. Master Development Plan (16mb PDF)

II. Environmental Management Plan (11mb PDF)

III. Appendices Document I and Document II (11mb and 20mb PDFs)

MDP 2014 Upgrades Map onlyMDP 2014 Map Legend Upgrades

(Click on maps to enlarge)

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