Hermitage Club – Vermont’s Private Ski Club at Haystack

Imagine a private ski resort, a place to call your family ski home on weekends and holidays with fellow families and friends. Picture yourself having lunch and après ski in the grand Clubhouse watching your kids carve turns with their favorite instructor. The valet stores your skis and fetches your car, while you place your ski boots on dryers in your mahogany locker. Membership had its privileges, and private powder days on 45 ski trails at this 1,400 acre playground in southern Vermont. See our Hermitage Club Photos

Hermitage- we have a problem! In spring 2018 Vermont’s Tax Department closed the Club for overdue tax payment, and owner Jim Barnes was cited for $16 mill in misapproriated funds. Now the Club is up for Auction, March 16, 2020
Minimum Bid: $4,290,000
Minimum Bid with Barnstormer high speed six-pax bubble lift: $8,060,000!

The Hermitage Club is the Yellowstone Club of the East. Pay to play here, initial membership was $65,000, and the play here is top-notch from the exclusive ski area to the magnificent $30 mill Clubhouse complete with a Spa, movie theatre, bowling alley, and game room for the kids.

If you think Hermitage Club sounds stuffy or snobbish, you might be surprised. There’s a family-friendly casual elegance here at Haystack Mountain where Hermitage Club members carve up corduroy and float threw fluffy untracked powder on 1,400’ vertical served by five lifts all day. A grand buffet is served by the massive stone fireplace at lunchtime. Kids are with their instructor and new friends exploring the mountain. Afternoon brings Clubhouse Spa treatments, après ski with a slope view bar, while the kids enjoy their own zone downstairs. Far from stodgy, members aren’t just bigwigs, their social and stoked for adventure, and the Club caters with snowmobiling on Haystack after the lifts close, snowshoeing or taking the snow cat “Catillac” up to the summit Cabin for cocktails at 3,200’, or skinning up the mountain for a moonlight ski down.

The 1964 Haystack ski area that struggled for years is now a haven for wealthy ski families looking to escape from lift lines and crowded base lodges, preferring to ski and socialize with like-minded families that enjoy the luxury of being catered to. The Vermont scenery is serene at the private club on Haystack Mountain – right next door to Mount Snow, the mood is fun and family oriented.

Hermitage Club founder, Jim Barnes, set the tone –  entertaining his members with a top 70’s bands on Saturday night at the Clubhouse or providing cat skiing to members on Mondays when the lifts aren’t running.

So far, 500 families have become members of The Hermitage Club’s 1,500 exclusive spots. The question now is can teh membership sustain the Club through foreclosure and emerge as viable with new ownership.

Families  $5,600 annual dues after initiation included skiing. You could then buy a house lot or a luxury unit in the Luxury Hotel and a Condo-Hotel being constructed by the Clubhouse. The benefits for active families that can afford Hermitage Club membership was everything you love about skiing and vacation ownership, with none of the hassle. You arrive and yours skis, slopes, meals and lodging are prepped to perfection – the concierge staff awaits. A brand new six-passenger heated-seat bubble-covered chairlift, a $7 million high-speed lift like Okemo’s – was installed. There’s a heli-pad, and an airport for members, even a jet share program from The City.

Stay tuned for the future of the Hermitage Club. Their mantra was “We are not a resort, we are a Club. We don’t want you to have a great day here, we want you to have a great life.” Well, that lifetime ownership changed dramatically with bankruptcy!

Hermitage Club Ski Stats:
West Dover and Wilmington, Vermont
Vertical Drop: 1,400’
Skiable Terrain: 194 acres
6 Lifts, 40 Trails
90% snowmaking
Founded in 2011, Auction 2020