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Chairlift at Haystack. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/49727137@N03/4561305577/">Joseph Leotta</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Chairlift at Haystack. Photo: Joseph Leotta, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont ski area reopens as private resort

WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont's former Haystack ski area in Wilmington has reopened as a private ski club.

The Hermitage Club is now a four-season private club that includes skiing on Haystack Mountain. It opened for the season last month.

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Hermitage Club president and founder Jim Barnes paid $6.5 million for the Haystack ski area and nearby golf club in 2011. The ski area had been closed for several years.

Barnes tells the Brattleboro Reformer they invested more than $8 million in snow-making equipment over the last two years.

The club's website says a family membership has an initial fee of $55,000 plus annual dues of $5,150

Barnes now says the club now has more than 200 members.

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