Mount Sunapee Advisory Committee to meet May 31

Commissioner Jeffrey Rose, Dept. of Resources and Economic Development (DRED), has called for a meeting of the Mount Sunapee (Ski Area) Advisory Committee at the Newbury Town Offices, Route 103, Newbury, NH, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 9:30 am.  The meeting is open to the public.

The Public Involvement and Oversight Policy for the Mount Sunapee ski area, developed by DRED, requires the operator of the ski area to submit an Annual Operating Plan (AOP)  by May 15. The oversight policy provides guidelines for the AOP. See below.

We expect Okemo/Mount Sunapee Resort to discuss this year’s proposed AOP and report on 2016/2017 activities on May 31. We encourage Friends to attend. For more information, please contact us.

The DRED commissioner (Jeffrey Rose) chairs the Advisory Committee and its members include the Director of the NH Division of Parks and Recreation (Phil Bryce) and representatives from the Division of Forests and Lands (Sabrina Stanwood), Dept. of Environmental Services (Timothy Drew), Dept. of Transportation, towns of Newbury (Dan Wolfe) and Goshen (Melanie Bell), Lake Sunapee Protective Association (June Fichter), Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce, Society for the Protection of NH Forests (Nancy Marashio), and Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission.

The AOP for 2016-2017 is available here: MSR-AOP 2016-2017 (pdf 7.7MB)

The oversight policy, states —

The Annual Operating Plan (AOP) will be subject to the following standards:

•  The AOP shall allow public access to the leased premises for recreational and park activities.
•  The AOP shall be submitted on or before May 15 of each year.
•  DRED shall require the AOP to be submitted to the Mount Sunapee Ski Area Advisory Committee and the Town of Newbury for review.
•  The AOP shall describe in detail the following:

a) Types of recreational activities available to the public
b) Ski lift operations
c) Snowmaking and grooming operations
d) Ski support services
e) Maintenance procedures
f) Security procedures
g) Emergency operating plan
h) Status of special use permits and leases
i) Marketing and advertising
j) Environmental management program
k) Signage
l) Utilities and roads
m) Implementation of MDP site improvements (after approval)

• DRED shall notify the Operator in writing of a final schedule of operation no later than June 30th of each year.

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