Imagine a snowy mountain where your car, skis and boards get valeted, you suit up in a spacious locker room (with a private locker), and there’s no need to rush for fresh tracks because there’s plenty of terrain for everyone. That was the dream of Hermitage Club founder and CEO Jim Barnes, and now it’s a reality. We got a chance to check out his multi-million-dollar private ski resort, tucked away in Southern Vermont, and were equally blown away by the ski experience and the off-mountain luxury. Perhaps after viewing this gallery, you will be too…
Thanks to 45 trails and very limited membership, Haystack Mountain is free of lift lines, and it’s not uncommon to find untracked powder throughout the day. Says one member: “Last year when we had a lot of natural snowfall, I was finding fresh tracks in the trees as late as three in the afternoon... it was great!”
The mountain itself closes down for about half of most regular weeks, to the advantage of members, who pay close to six figures to join. Snow cats churn up the ice and groom the snow Monday through Thursday without anyone touching it, ensuring it’s in pristine shape for the weekend.
Look like a carving station at a wedding reception? It’s not... this is how they roll for lunch service daily. The array of food includes a couple of carving stations, sandwich stations, freshly made pizza, charcuterie, soups, chilis and so much more.
A view from the stage of the Medieval fireplace and post and beam “living room”: This stage hosts private concerts—think Counting Crows, Train, Natalie Merchant—and the acoustics are amazing. The dining room itself serves up a sumptuous dinner menu, and the nearby bar offers a seriously high-end après experience.
Opened in November of 2014, the lodge boasts 80,000 square feet of awesomeness, hosting events while allowing its members to work out, swim laps in the lap pool, get a full spa treatment or even bowl with their kids. Did we mention there’s a small movie theater?
Here’s the model living room of a condo unit for the coming on-site hotel, 25 percent of which has already been sold prior to even breaking ground this summer. The new Hotel Hermitage will feature a heated garage with personal parking spots, private lockers, a ski valet service, a restaurant and retail space.
Ring the New Year in with a bang... literally. The Hermitage puts on spectacular fireworks displays for its members on special occasions like New Year's Eve or even your own wedding.
Don’t feel like riding the lifts or looking to get to a tucked-away part of the slopes? Strap your gear to a snowmobile and hop on board. Snowmobiles are also available to tour around the mountain and the surrounding area on your own.
In addition to snowmobiles, a snow cat is available to squire skiers and riders around the mountain. At night or on private occasions, book the “Cat”illac for you and your friends to ride up to the quaint Summit Cabin for a gourmet dinner.
At the end of the day, relax in the full-service spa located inside The Hermitage Clubhouse. Choose from an array of facials, massages and other signature wellness experiences. They even have a category on the menu just for men, guaranteed to have you rejuvenated for another day on the slopes.
The deer has long been a symbol of strength in many different cultures. For The Hermitage Club it reflects the heritage of the surrounding area, The Deerfield Valley. Become a member and you can sport the stag and experience the power and beauty of this region as you ski off into the sunset. More information at hermitageclub.com.