FOMS alert: Mount Sunapee comments due by August 8th

Dear Friends,

Your help is needed now. Read the FOMS email alert about the proposed change at Mount Sunapee State Park and how you can send comments to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the agency that oversees our state parks.

DNCR is taking public comments on a lease change proposal, the sale to Vail Resorts of the ski area lease and operations and adjoining lands. Comments are due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

Send your comments and questions to:
Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, c/o Mount Sunapee Comments, 172 Pembroke Rd, Concord, NH 03301. Email:

Vail Resorts seeks to acquire the lease of the state-owned ski area, the resort operations, and the Mueller’s privately held land adjoining the park and on Mount Sunapee’s western slopes. DNCR and the New Hampshire Attorney General are currently considering a lease change to VR NE Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc.

This is a critical time for Mount Sunapee State Park. What do you expect and want at your state park and from prospective lessee Vail Resorts? What do we need for an oversight process?

The Friends of Mount Sunapee (FOMS) has concerns about access and use of our public lands within the leasehold area and the impact of resort development on the culture, traditional uses, and natural environment of the park. There are regional impacts to consider, as well.

At this crucial time, the Friends of Mount Sunapee (FOMS) believes we need action that includes:

  • A noticed and recorded public hearing on the proposed lease change BEFORE the State makes any decisions. Vail is an industry giant and there are regional impacts to consider, as well.
  • Formation of an accountable oversight commission to administer the ski area lease, as required by New Hampshire law.
  • Collaborative action to protect Mount Sunapee’s western slopes, land conservation that precludes resort and real estate development of the “West Bowl” land and that respects the original intent of the lease and leasehold area.

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