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Maple Valley Ski Area
Dummerston, Vermont
The North Double (2004)
The North Double (2004)
Maple Valley Ski Area Details
Status:Lost/Defunct
First Year of Operation:1963
Last Year of Operation:2000
Vertical Drop:1,000 feet
Lifts in Operation:
Lifts Removed/Non Operational:2 doubles, surface lifts
Located northwest of Brattleboro, Maple Valley was a mid-sized ski area that operated for nearly 40 years. While there have been attempts to reopen it, the ski area has remained closed since 2000.

Terry Tyler Develops Ski Areas in Dummerston
During the 1950s, Dummerston native Terry Tyler developed two rope tow areas in town, Little Prospect and Big Prospect (not to be confused with Prospect Mountain near Bennington). Bigger prospects existed for this skier and competitive ski jumper, however.

In 1963, Tyler teamed with brothers Angelo, Joe, and Frank Pirovane of North Haven Construction Company to develop a larger ski area in West Dummerston. Maple Valley Ski Area, Inc. was incorporated that May. Tyler and the construction company designed and built the ski area.

Maple Valley Opens
For its debut season of 1963-64, Maple Valley featured a lift network consisting of a pair of Hall brand installations - a 3,038 foot long double chairlift and a 775 foot long T-Bar. In terms of terrain, the ski area debuted with 5 trails of all abilities. In addition to the downhill facilities, the area also sported 25 and 45 meter ski jumps. Terry Tyler served as General Manager for the first few seasons.

Maple Valley in the 1960s
Maple Valley in the 1960s
To help reduce lift lines, a shorter Hall, the North Double Chairlift, was added for the 1964-65 season.

New Management
Big changes took place at Maple Valley in 1966, as Connecticut banker Charles "Chuck" Purinton became General Manager of the ski area. Efforts were made to spread out Maple Valley's revenue generating potential by adding night skiing. In addition, with a relatively low elevation, as well as the less than optimal microclimate created by the West River, the lack of natural snow was finally addressed with the installation of a snowmaking system on the lower mountain.

Corresponding with a real estate development, more changes took place for the 1969-70 season, as an expert trail was added, the main lodge expanded, and other base area buildings constructed. In addition, the ski jumps were removed for that season, making way for a larger practice slope.

For 1972-73, a cross country ski course was added, as was a novice surface lift. Unfortunately for Maple Valley and the rest of New England, the following season was terrible weather-wise, resulting in the worst financial results in years.

Financial Woes
While big mountain resorts were growing and Interstate highways were being completed around New England, Maple Valley became somewhat stagnant. Over the next decade and a half, the ski facilities neither grew nor were significantly updated. By the end of the 1980s, Maple Valley was on the ropes.

On June 13, 1989, the 370 acre Maple Valley was sold via a satellite auction for $1.2 million. Due to financial issues, much of the area's infrastructure was run off diesel generators.

The cafeteria in the shuttered Maple Valley base lodge (2002)
The cafeteria in the shuttered Maple Valley base lodge (2002)
Foreclosure and Closure
Maple Valley once again found itself on the auction block circa 1995, this time not selling. As a result, the ski area closed following the 1995-96 season.

In February of 1997, Maple Valley was purchased at a foreclosure auction by Winchester Stables, Inc. and Frank Mercede & Sons, Inc. owner Nicholas Mercede.

Maple Valley reopened in early 1999, then operated for skiing and snow tubing on weekends and holidays during the 1999-2000 season. The ski area then ceased operating and was put up for lease or sale.

On December 3, 2010, Maple Valley founder Terry Tyler passed away at the age of 78.

Recent Activity
After sitting idle for a decade, the ski area started to receive some attention in 2010. In June of 2011, the Dummerston Development Review Board reviewed a permit filed by Mercede, proposing possible year round activities, such as mountain biking and music concerts. After complaints about what other activities might occur, as well as concerns about light and noise pollution from skiing and snowmaking, the board requested more information before considering the application.

In December of 2011, Mercede withdrew his permit application. In the meantime, lifts have been repainted, while the base lodge has been used for some small functions.

It is not known when or if Maple Valley ski area will reopen.


Image Gallery
1964-65 Eastern Ski Map1964-65 Maple Valley Ski Area Trail Map1965-66 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Maple Valley Ski Area Trail Map
1976-77 Maple Valley Trail Map1987-88 Eastern Ski MapMaple Valley Aerial Imagery, 1992 vs. 20101999-2000 Maple Valley Ski Area Trail Map
North Chair in 2002North Chair in 2002South Chair in 2002South Chair in 2002
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Name Type Brand Installed Removed After
Standing Lifts
North ChairChairlift - Double - FixedHall  1964-65    
South ChairChairlift - Double - FixedHall  1963-64    
T-BarT-BarHall  1963-64    

Ticket Price History
Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket
Season Price Source
1990s
1989-90$25.00GraphBoston Globe  
1980s
1988-89$22.00GraphBoston Globe  
1987-88$19.00GraphBoston Globe  
1970s
1976-77$8.00GraphSki  
1969-70$7.00GraphBoston Globe  
1960s
1967-68$6.00GraphEastern Ski Atlas  
1964-65$6.00GraphEastern Ski Atlas  

Visitor Memories
 
Brian Newton
Mar. 28, 2014
My father's welding business did a lot of work for Terry Tyler both personally and at Ski Maple Valley. I also worked there during the 99-00 season before it closed. I cleared trails during the fall, helped make snow at night, helped get the bar upstairs up and running,I was the dj on the weekends i designed, built, and painted all the character cutouts for the kids tube lift. I was the very last person to go down the slope right at midnight on new years eve. I went down sitting on a big aluminum shovel. Had a great time working and playing there. I live in PA now but would love if they reopened. I'd be there in a heartbeat. The owners were awesome as well as everyone I worked with.
william cripps
Feb. 3, 2014
my first ski in vermont. family had a place in east jamaica and we went here as a family for the first vt ski. felt like real skiing, being from ct. been skiing 35 years or so now. wish i could go back, buy it, and make it happen again for other families. just went to berkshire east for the first time. fun ! have a great season. 2/3/2014 bill, stonington ,ct. bye.
mack cunningham
Feb. 25, 2013
From 1964 to 1969 Maple Valley was the Cunninghamfamiy (6) mountain destination for Sunday get-aways.We would drive up Fridays (sometimes Thursdays)fromsouthern New York to stay with friends in Brattleboro and ski Magic,Haystack or Mt Snowone or two days and go Maple Valley on our Sunday getway day. A lot fun and memories.
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External Links
  • Maple Valley - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont - Amazon.com
  • Last updated: December 14, 2013

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