The Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for the ski area at Mount Sunapee State Park is due on or before May 15th. This will be the first annual plan submitted to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) by Vail Resorts.
Vail acquired the Mount Sunapee ski area lease and operations in September 2018.
In the annual plan, the operator of the ski area describes maintenance and capital improvement projects proposed for the coming year. The plan also gives an update on previously approved projects and reports on past year activities, including skier visit.
Before Commissioner Sarah Stewart (of DNCR) issues a written response to the Vail, we expect the Mount Sunapee Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting.
At that meeting, which is held in Newbury, the operator presents the plan. Advisory committee members have a chance to ask questions and provide comment. And there is usually an opportunity for public comment.
When the AOP is available, FOMS will post it to Latest News. And we will also post the advisory committee meeting date and agenda when available.
If you can assist the FOMS Public Policy Committee in reviewing the ski area plan, please contact us.
Ski area plans
See FOMS on-line library for the current annual operating plan and the public oversight policy. The oversight policy intends to guide the public process in the consideration of annual and five-year plans for the state-owned ski area.
For ski area projects approved in the current five-year master plan, see our State Park Management and Policies page. The Master Development Plan and Environmental Management Plan (2016-2020) is available here.
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.
• DNCR 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
l) Utilities and roads
m) Implementation of MDP site improvements (after approval)
• DNCR shall notify the Operator in writing of a final schedule of operation no later than June 30th of each year.