The Mountains are calling and I must go
-John Muir, Scottish-born American naturalist and author
Haystack Mountain is the only private, members-only, ski resort in the Northeast. The luxury resort boasts an impressive 90,000 square-foot post-and-beam clubhouse, summit cabin, mid-mountain cabin, plus skiing to and from the Hermitage Inn. As a four-season destination property, the Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain hosts a multitude of activities, from skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, tubing and ice-skating during the winter months, to fishing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and kid’s camps during the summer months.
A Brief History of Haystack Mountain
Haystack first opened its slopes to skiers during the winter of 1964. Using the slogan “Ski Haystack Before Everyone Else Does,” the mountain offered a whopping 75 acres of skiing. The original resort had a three-story base lodge and, much like today, gave skiers an alternative to the crowded resorts on the East Coast. Soon after its inception, the resort added an additional 50 acres of terrain accessible by a Mueller double chairlift called “Oh No.”
In the early days of Haystack, there was no snowmaking installed on the mountain and by the mid-1970s the resort was closed due to financial difficulties. Even with the installation of a snowmaking system in the late 1970s, the resort closed following the 1980-81 season. After three closed winters the resort was reopened under new ownership in 1984.
During the 1980s, Haystack underwent several changes including new lifts and a significant expansion of terrain called “The Witches.” By 1991, the resort was acquired by Mt. Snow’s parent company, S-K-I ltd.
During the period of ownership by S-K-I ltd. and subsequently the American Skiing Company, Haystack was operated as a weekend and holiday sister resort of Mt. Snow. By 2005 the American Skiing Co. sold the mountain to a private developer.
Haystack was open only sporadically from 2005 to 2011 when the current owner and visionary of the Hermitage Club, Jim Barnes, acquired the mountain. That’s when Mr. Barnes set about fulfilling his vision of a luxury, members-only resort nestled in the Deerfield Valley. Haystack Mountain has since successfully reopened its slopes, and has undergone several improvements, including the construction of an 90,000 square foot clubhouse, upgraded snow making and the installation of the only six passenger, heated Doppelmayr bubble lift in the country. Today the hermitage encompasses the latest innovations in skiing luxury, while remaining true to the natural beauty that inspired the first skiing on the mountain.
Haystack Mountain Webcam
Summit Elevation: 3,200′
Vertical Drop: 1,400′
Skiable Acres: 194
Glades: 28 acres
Number of Trails: 45
Number of Lifts: 6
Snowmaking: 90% coverage
Members-only skiing & riding operations:
9am – 4pm Friday-Sunday & Private / Public School Holiday Weeks.
The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain is not open to the public.