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Sunapee’s new leaseholder fined millions for bribery. Officials now say State cannot intervene.

The Union Leader reports: “Sunapee’s new leaseholder fined millions in bribery case” and “… the deal between Och-Ziff and CNL was structured to avoid triggering the state’s right to intervene.”

“MacDonald [NH’s attorney general] said the terms of the lease agreement allow the state to intervene if the company holding the lease decides to sell or transfer it to someone else, but no provision was made for the state to intervene if the company holding the lease is bought by another company.”


On June 7, 2017, Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and Commissioner Jeffrey Rose, Department of Resources and Economic Development, issued a memo on the subject.

See NH AG DRED Mt Sunapee Ski Area Memo 2017June7 (pdf 1.2MB)

If you have questions or information to share, please contact us.

Update 06/17/2017 – The memo of June 7, 2017, by NH’s attorney general and DRED commissioner referenced a Lessor Estoppel (signed in September 2016). See CNL Ski – Ground Lease Estoppel – Sunapee -State of New Hampshire (pdf 5 MB)


State wants public meeting on sale of Mount Sunapee ski area lease

After bribery schemes in Africa led the U.S. government to fine the new operator of Mount Sunapee Resort $412 million last year – one of the biggest penalties ever issued under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – the New Hampshire attorney general wants to hold a public information meeting about plans for the resort. – via Concord Monitor


See FOMS homepage alert: What is Och-Ziff? And what does it have to do with Mount Sunapee? Read about Och-Ziff and related articles about the sale of the ski area lease at Mount Sunapee State Park.

Please contact us if you have related information to share or are looking for more information.

FOMS believes that the State’s primary responsibility is to serve as guardian of the public interest at Mount Sunapee State Park and to deny efforts that undermine the essential conservation and public recreational values for which the park fundamentally exists to provide.

Commercial development, driven by powerful corporate interests, increasingly threatens public lands. At Mount Sunapee State Park, we must strongly resist the exploitation of our parkland for private financial gain.

Additionally, leaseholders at our state parks must demonstrate sound financial management and ethical practices that inspire public confidence and trust.

Mount Sunapee advisory committee to review annual plan for ski area on May 31

“What is being planned for winter and summer programs for the ski area at Mount Sunapee State Park? The operator Okemo/Mount Sunapee Resort will discuss its Annual Operating Plan (AOP) 2017-2018 with the state’s Mount Sunapee Advisory Committee on Wed., May 31, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. at the Newbury Town Offices, Route 103. The meeting is open to the public. The resort will discuss operations and projects planned for the coming year, according to the agenda. A hiking trail update is expected, as well.

View/download the agenda here: MSAC-Agenda5-31 (pdf 24kb)

View/download the AOP here: MSR-AOP-2017-2018 (pdf 6MB)

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Protection of the public hiking trails at Mount Sunapee State Park, including the woodland Summit Trail, is a priority for FOMS.

In March 2016, Commissioner Rose (Department of Resources and Economic Development) agreed and said, “maintaining four season hiking on the Summit Trail is a priority. To codify this commitment, DRED, Mount Sunapee Resort and the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition (SRKGC) will enter into a Cooperative Maintenance Agreement, which will protect and maintain the designated trails within the leased boundary. In addition to protecting and maintaining the safety and stewardship of the trails, Mount Sunapee Resort will provide annual spring maintenance on the Summit Trail.”

As of this posting, DRED has not provided FOMS a status report on the Cooperative Maintenance Agreement. FOMS volunteers continue to follow up with DRED, and we’ll post the agreement when made available.


Mt. Sunapee ski area plans no major capital projects for 2017

Okemo/Mount Sunapee Resort has submitted to the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) the Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for 2017-2018 for the ski area at Mount Sunapee State Park. The operator has “no major capital projects planned” for the spring and summer of 2017.

Download/view the 2017-2018 operating plan here: MSR-AOP-2017-2018-Final (pdf 6.7MB).

At a meeting of the Mount Sunapee (Ski Area) Advisory Committee on May 31, 2017, we expect that the resort operator will give a review of 2016-2017 and then discuss the recently released AOP and plans for the year ahead.

The AOP describes winter and summer activities and includes the resort’s proposal for a new summer activity for the park: a “3-D Archery Course” with “12-15 animal targets located in a secluded and separated area of the South Peak Adventure Park.” Few other details are provided.

See FOMS State Park Management and Policies page for official documents related to management of the ski area including prior operating plans.

Related FOMS post: Mount Sunapee Advisory Committee to meet May 31

Updated May 23, 2017


Going camping this summer? Get your free NH Camping Guide

Going camping this summer?

Experienced campers know that New Hampshire is prime camping country. The Granite State is known for spectacular vistas, serene woodland settings, crystal clear lakes and rivers, and nothing gets you closer to these scenic wonders than camping.

Under the stars, nestled in a tent or parked at the junction of civilization and nature camping is the jumping off point to a vacationer’s smorgasbord of rest, relaxation, and adventure.

For some, camping is the main event; for others, camping is a starting point. New Hampshire offers campers a huge variety in terms of campgrounds and vacation activities. A free New Hampshire Camping Guide, published by the New Hampshire Campground Owners Association (NeHaCa), is available in hard copy or electronic version.

A free New Hampshire Camping Guide, published by the New Hampshire Campground Owners Association (NeHaCa), is available in hard copy or electronic version. Visit for more information.

For campgrounds at N.H. state parks, visit:

For the Mount Sunapee State Park campground, visit:

Photos courtesy of the New Hampshire Campground Owners’ Association.

The People’s Climate Rally is April 29th

The March For Science and the People’s Climate Movement continues with the People’s Climate Rally on Saturday, April 29th! The New Hampshire People’s Climate March in Concord starts at 9:00 AM at the State House Lawn, 107 North Main Street.

FOMS is a supporter and will have a presence tabling. If you can help at the People’s Climate Rally on Saturday, please contact us.

And here are other ways people can help now:

  • Make plans to attend the rally, reach out to family and friends and invite them to join you.
  • Organize a carpool to Concord for the event or to a sister rally.
  • Gather with friends and make posters, so they are ready to go on Saturday.
  • Share event information and photos on social media.



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