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Friends of Mount Sunapee advocates for the protection of Mount Sunapee State Park for its essential public values; conservation of the Mount Sunapee highlands and watersheds; and preservation of the unique character and natural beauty of the rural communities in the mountain’s shadow. Learn more…




The Executive Council on Dec. 5 voted to table three changes to the Mount Sunapee area ski contract with Vail Resorts. 

The Governor and Council (G&C) next meet on Wed., Dec. 19, 2018. Read more…

View or hear the Executive Councilors discuss Mount Sunapee including the West Bowl expansion.

Hear the audio clip of G&C discussion, Dec. 5 (via MP3 download).


View a video of the G&C meeting via Newport Community TV Online. The Mount Sunapee exchange starts at 1:11.

On Dec. 5th, Councilor Russell Prescott voiced opposition to the West Bowl amendment and spoke to the need for legislative oversight. The Councilor spoke to a core issue:

Should one person (an appointed commissioner) be making such significant policy decisions affecting our state parks?

Share your comments and questions with the Executive Council.


October 31, 2018 – See FOMS Latest News: Mount Sunapee lease changes withdrawn, for now. DNCR authority questioned. View the Executive Council discussion.

October 23, 2018 – The NH Executive Council held an information session on ‘West Bowl’ and other amendments proposed for the ski area lease at Mount Sunapee State Park.

Listen to the Oct. 23 discussion.

Get more info. Add your voice, contact Executive Council members.

Commissioner Sarah Stewart, of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR), is requesting changes to the operating lease now held by Vail Resorts. Vail assumed the Mount Sunapee ski area lease and operations on September 27, 2018, a day after the Department announced its approval of the lease transfer to Vail.

View or hear the Council’s Oct. 17 discussion about Mount Sunapee via Newport Community TV Online. (The Sunapee discussion starts at 1:22.)

Listen to an eight-minute audio clip (mp3) of the Mount Sunapee discussion:


Read more…

Background Info

See FOMS on-line library for recent documents and registry filings pertaining to the transfer of the ski area lease at Mount Sunapee State Park and the West Bowl parcels: click here

The State held a public information session on Wed., September 26 at the Mount Sunapee State Park to announce DNCR’s approval of a ski area lease transfer to Vail Resorts. Read the decision: Mount Sunapee Lease Decision. Go to Newport Community TV Online to view the meeting and discussion about three lease amendments.

After the July 25 information session at Mount Sunapee State Park, FOMS submitted comments to DNCR Commissioner Sarah Stewart (Department of Natural and Cultural Resources) that included a call for a “public hearing” and an oversight and administration commission to manage the ski area lease.

Additionally, we called for permanent protection of Mount Sunapee’s Exemplary Natural Community Systems, which includes precious primeval forest, and protection of the West Bowl lands from resort development.  We are encouraged to see others share this call for action.

Read FOMS Mount Sunapee Comments

More background information

View the July 25, 2018, Mount Sunapee State Park information session via Newport Community TV.

Friends of Mt. Sunapee Organizational Positions, as of July 10, 2018

Mount Sunapee Advisory Committee Meeting – Tuesday, June 19th – View the meeting via Newport Community TV.

News, June 4, 2018

Industry giant Vail Resorts announced it will acquire Mount Sunapee Resort and other Mueller ski properties. See the corporate news release from Vail Resorts here:  tpsp (pdf)

See FOMS Statement, June 4, 2018

Spring 2018
To: Friends of Mount Sunapee

As Mount Sunapee State Park marks its 70th year, we would like to update you with a summary of our activities and thank you for your continued support. Read more.

Looking for information about the five-year development plan for Mount Sunapee? Visit the FOMS library of documents here.

A look back to 2016
Protect Mount Sunapee State Park_blueFriends of Mount Sunapee is committed to protecting Mount Sunapee and will continue to stand firm against ill-guided resort expansion. The New Hampshire Executive Council on April 6, 2016, approved a Lease Amendment and Letter of Conditions that enables western development of the state-owned ski area at Mount Sunapee State Park. Read more via InDepthNH.

“The documents that govern the West Bowl Expansion are legally insufficient for a transaction of this significance,” wrote Attorney Arthur Cunningham. Read about the governing documents via InDepthNH.

Lawyer: Mt Sunapee Expansion Contracts Good for Operator, Bad for New Hampshire – via InDepthNH


In the early 1900s, decades before the formation of the state park, preservationist Herbert Welsh led the first campaign “to save Mount Sunapee for all people to all time.” At the time, timber industry clear-cutting was destroying Mount Sunapee’s scenic beauty and natural environment including its primeval forest. In defense of a Mount Sunapee State Park for all, the important work of conservation, education, and advocacy continues. 

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