Great to meet you this past weekend. Your members speak so highly of the club and I can tell they think of it as a special place for their families. As a native Vermonter, I loved the idea, but was skeptical. However, after just a few hours, I was totally blown away by how organic yet carefully thought out the club was. It has a great energy and the aesthetics work extremely well with town, landscape, etc. Its a pretty cool thing you have created. Congratulations.
I am so incredibly grateful to be a part of this community. I have been looking forward to the upcoming season ever since in came to a close. The time I get to spend with my loving family is amazing. I have made amazing friends along the way as well. Before we joined the club, I didn't spend much time on the mountain. Ever since then, I have spent great amounts of time skiing, spending time with family and friends, and eating a LOT. I am so so so happy to be able to come up every weekend and spend my time in a place that I love. Thank you Hermitage for this remarkable experience! :)
The Hermitage Club is a memory factory, producing more and more unbelievable stories every time we go. For example, on New Years Eve while enjoying drinks in the Pub with my wife and another couple, Jim Barnes came by and asked the four if us if we wanted to join him for a ride in the heated "Catillac" snow cat to the summit cabin for appetizers and champagne. What a spectacular experience!
If I am dreaming, don't pinch me as I want the memories to continue.
The time that we spend together as a family is the most important thing to us. It's a big investment to pack up every weekend and make the drive, so when we arrive we want it to be worth it. Jim and his team have created that place for us. It is all about the mountain, the snow, and enjoying our time together with family and friends. The memories we have made and will continue to make on Haystack mountain are ones we will carry with us forever.
We joined the Hermitage Club because we wanted a fun, safe, family-friendly ski mountain where we could teach our two young girls to ski, improve our telemark skiing, ski with friends, and continue the skiing family tradition that Matt and I both grew up with. The mountain has great terrain, the conditions are always fantastic, the mountain staff knows us by name, and we enjoy quiet, crowd-free skiing everyday. The Hermitage Club has exceeded all of our expectations. We are continually impressed by Jim and his team, and their ability to make the Hermitage Club vision come to life; we are so glad we are a part of it all.
My wife, and our two daughters spent the week skiing while I was home in Boston working. I received so many texts and pics of their amazing times and while I wished I were with them, there was a certain amount of pride in knowing they were at The Hermitage Club having a great time – and that my efforts have provided that opportunity.
I made it up just after lunch on Friday and skied the rest of the day with my 16-year-old, and we had a "perfect time." What was perfect about it? I think any parent would agree: It wasn't the great skiing or the incredible views; it was the bonding we were able to do. The one-on-one conversations we had on the chair lifts were simply priceless. I used the time to learn so much. We talked about boys, school, even politics, if you can believe that.
There's no amount of money I wouldn't spend to guide my children through this world safely, and The Hermitage Club gives me that one-on-one time with my girls that allows me to help them learn about life and making good decisions.
Thank you, Hermitage Club, and thank you, Jim Barnes, for your vision. I look forward to the years and generations to follow.
I am convinced! We had a chance to ski at The Hermitage Club today. I brought my whole family and some friends who have homes in Greensprings. We all agreed it was one of the best days we have had skiing in Vermont in almost 19 years of our having a place up here. You have created something very unique and I am looking forward to being a part of it as it develops. The dinner at the Cabin on Saturday night was amazing. We were speechless, from the snowcat ride up with Ben to the perfect food and drinks with Lee Ann as our host. Thank you for inviting me to this experience and I look forward to enjoying it more.
I've found my nirvana. The Hermitage Club has the best skiing on the east coast, period.
We were all very appreciative of your gracious and most welcoming reception of us. The meals, amazingly pampered skiing and your taking the time to host us all were quite impressive. It is certainly impressive what you guys have accomplished in such a relatively short period of time, with the acquisitions and build outs to date.
The East has always been such a poor cousin to the western resorts, not only in the skiing terrain and snow quality about which not much can be done, but also by being such a ragamuffin, about which much could be done. The Eastern ski areas' ignoring of the ancillary and support aspects of the sport has been a major deterrent, with it's steamy base lodges and broad appeal to frat houses. You guys have changed that and finally raised the bar.
Certainly your clubhouse is as comfortable and nice, and offers all the comforts and ambiance as the Yellowstone Club and the Sun Valley ski lodges. Your efforts at recruiting and training good staff will pay off handsomely as well. I was most favorably impressed and will have only high praise for The Hermitage Club whenever it is brought up.
I would like to take this opportunity to formally express my sincere appreciation for all that you have done at the Club and for turning dreams into reality these past few years. It has been incredible to witness and the way I view it is that you are helping to create magical memories for members, their families and their guests.
My family and I have enjoyed some truly memorable weekends at the Club this winter and I have truly cherished the time I have spent skiing and bonding with my eldest daughter aged 8 and seeing her progress from still doing pizza at the start of the season and being reluctant to ski more than 3 or 4 runs to now wanting to ski all day and going down Gandolf, through the trees, exploring powder and carving for the first time with smiles, hot cocoa stops and the chef’s kitchen in between. I don’t know if other members share similar feedback with you also but just in case thank you ever so much for the vision, turning it into reality and enabling such magical memories!
In addition some 25-30 of our Home Office team took advantage of a corporate retreat and visited the club as guests last Friday and were all so excited and happy on their return. I am confident the club will hold a very special place in people’s hearts for years and years to come.
Words can only say so much and I am very much interested in exploring equity membership to express my appreciation and commitment as well as to further assist the cause and development of the Club.
The Hermitage Club has changed everything we have ever come to expect as the skiing norm. No more lift lines. No more over crowded lodges. It’s a place where my children feel safe. As parents we feel comfortable letting our kids ski the mountain with their friends. It’s a sense of freedom so many kids miss today.
Have to say how much I love this place. It's simply amazing! Thanks for the vision and dedication to make this happen.
I didn't believe it until I went skiing at the Hermitage on a holiday weekend. There really are no lift lines!
My wife and I joined the Hermitage just before Christmas this year, and we spent the holiday at our home in Wilmington, enjoying time at the Hermitage with our family. We loved it. All of the major boxes were checked for us: Skiing was fantastic. The food was all excellent. Our overall experience far exceeded our expectations. The lodge, and top-of-the-mountain lodge are amazing. Mostly we appreciated the excellent service from the various Hermitage team members. It's a happy crew that is clearly engaged, and excited to be there.
Thanks for your significant investment and vision.
Everything that's wrong about skiing isn't found at the Hermitage Club.