WVOutsider

Monomoy Island, MA

#1 Mar 19, 2013
I saw all the gossip on the Lantern thread. So what's happening? I heard Tom Gross got fired, and Mike. Are they Jay Peak rumors true?

The food situation is getting worse by the minute. Has anyone had a good meal at the mountain? Or any of their restaurants this year? I see an awful lot of people packing coolers and plugging in crock pots. I guess it would be OK if they took everything over and the food was decent and not so overpriced, but it seems to be the opposite. It's pretty bad when your 11-year-old says, "we have to start packing lunch, I can't eat this stuff anymore". I used to like to have a couple beers and snack at Buckets, about the only thing you can eat is the wings.
Deep Powder Skier

Fernandina Beach, FL

#2 Mar 19, 2013
Jay Peak rumor is a stretch. Without a real estate component, highly unlikely. Burke Mtn. has extensive development potential and was a suitable acquisition unlike WV which only sells lift tickets for 16 weeks and too few!! Boyne Mountain may put in their stable of Loon, Sugarloaf & Sunday River if the discount price is attractive.
WV Skier

Schaumburg, IL

#3 Mar 20, 2013
I agree - 16 weeks of lift tickets with 90% of the ski visits being on weekends is not enough to sustain the mountain. It appeared to me the mountain did better this year than last (but that is not a stretch given the warm winter last year), but it did not seem overly crowded. Just round numbers - if they got 7000 visits per weekend, throw in a couple vacation weeks, at best they hit 150,000? Even if they hit 175,000 - is that enough? So maybe the Green Peak expansion is a "must" for WV to survive, unless somebody with deep pockets shows up. I am fearful that Sununu and his investors do not have deep enough pockets to keep this thing going, so hearing the mountain is for sale does not surprise me (but is it true?). And on another note...I am not surprised at the dismissal of all the "head honchos" - did these guys really know how to run a ski mountain> I am hopeful Sununu is bringing in somebody who is more experienced/proven track record...and hopefully he does not think he can do this on his own, with his recent announcement of pursuing other political offices makes you think he would not be running the mountain on his own.
All speculation and rumors at this point, unless others have some "confirmed facts"? Fact is we really do want to see the mountain succeed.
K Lastima

Winthrop, MA

#4 Mar 21, 2013
I've noticed a significant decline in the quality of experience at WV over the past number of years. Town Sq. looks tired and old, sale of the ice arena was a big mistake, SPM "issue", poor services at the mtn., bad attitude of mtn. employees, cutting up and development of Snow's Mtn., NO decent place to eat, etc.
And the WMAC - what a joke! Dirty, crowded, and an initial membership fee that gets you nothing and changes depending on who you are.
Overall, a very poorly managed resort.
Just my 2 cents.
JLS

Marlborough, MA

#5 Mar 27, 2013
I disagree. The Town Center does not look tired, summer or winter. Where else are you going to find a resort like this with no franchised businesses?. Admittedly, a few of the T. Gross owned properties need a decorating facelift. The Athletic Club is not dirty, although the pool is often a bit too cold and one of the hot tubs is usually out of service. The Coyote Grill is some of the best cooking I have ever had. The new Blue Moon Cafe has potential and meets a need not met at other TS restaurants. Jug Town has a wide offering of almost anything you could want for a weekend visit. Very good wine selection, for starters, tasty baked goods. The grooming on the xc trails is top notch. I do agree that the alpine lodge needs an infusion of cash, but other parts of the resort are very nice.
Stuart

Hadley, MA

#6 Mar 31, 2013
I have been coming to WV for over 30 years. Yes, it is a special place, and yes- it is starting to look very tired.

The magic of WV that once was has tarnished. Obviously the marketing of WV has been refocused from skiers to hockey parents. Not good in my opinion , but I do understand the financial driver behind this decision.

I agree that the food at Coyote Grill is excellent, but I cannot eat there due to the strong stench of the over chlorinated pool that the restaurant sits atop of. They should have moved to where Lantern is now. The" athletic club" gets a D- in my opinion. Dirty , equipment in constantly in disrepair, clueless management. Let's not even get into the $5k charter membership scam.

I doubt whether WV will return to the charming hamlet that it once was.
dogman

Waterville Valley, NH

#7 May 4, 2013
http://www.wmur.com/escape-outside/vermont-re...

and Sununu Valley Resort is doing ????
...other than running a totally useless restaurant in Town Square !
Waterville Weekender

United States

#8 May 6, 2013
Chris Sununu Quote from WMUR article titled
<<Skier visits up 20 percent at Northeast ski areas>>

Quote from Chris, "Although the season started off tentatively with the first major snowstorm not arriving until late December, New Hampshire's Waterville Valley ended up being open for 147 days, the longest season in its history, said CEO Chris Sununu. Overall, the resort saw a 23 percent increase in skier visits this winter over last year, he said."

See link: http://www.wmur.com/news/money/skier-visits-u...
movin-on

Candler, NC

#9 May 6, 2013
And I have some land in the Yukon for sale...

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