Commissioner Sarah Stewart, Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR), quickly explained the meeting’s purpose: discussion of the Annual Operating Plan (2018-2019 from Mount Sunapee Resort. Jay Gamble, vice-president and general manager for MSR, then reviewed current operations and upcoming programs, as presented in the AOP. (See the AOP here: MSR_AOP 2018-2019 (pdf 9MB)
The operator of the state-owned ski area submits a plan each year to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. DNCR is the agency that oversees NH Parks.
The Vail announcement
However, the big news about Mount Sunapee came on June 4. That was Stewart’s first day on the job as DNCR commissioner. That morning, ski industry giant Vail Resorts announced its plan to buy the operating lease and leasehold contract for the ski area at Mount Sunapee State Park. However, the Vail announcement was not on the agenda for the June 19 meeting.
Instead, at the start of the meeting, Stewart distributed to committee members a letter to Governor Sununu from the offices of the Attorney General and DNCR about Vail’s declaration. The State is working to put together a public information session to address the Vail – Sunapee transaction, Stewart said.
View the letter (June 15, 2018) to the Governor here: 20180615-sunapee-letter