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   Vermont: Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain: Expansions
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The Witches at Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain
The Witches Details
The Witches
Status:Open
First Season of Operation:1987-88
Lifts:1 chairlift
Terrain:Intermediate and expert terrain
Return to Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain Profile
Operating in the shadow of Mt. Snow for decades, one thing Haystack had lacked much of was expert terrain. After the main mountain infrastructure was upgraded, an upper mountain complex was planned. The complex was nothing new; rather, it had been in the planning stages since the late 1960s or early 1970s. Trails had even been cut later that decade with the expectation of a new double chairlift, however funds ran dry.

In 1987, a brand new 2,350 foot long CTEC triple chairlift was installed, climbing 685 vertical feet from above the Flying Dutchman trail to the top of the new peak. In addition, 11 new trails would eventually open, many of them short connectors. Two glades would be added in the 1990s.

Possibly due in part to the costs incurred with this expansion, Haystack ski area would end up going bankrupt at the turn of the decade. The ski area would subsequently be leased, then purchased, by the parent company of Mt. Snow, eventually ending up as part of American Skiing Company.

The last season of operation under the American Skiing Company was 2004-2005, after which Haystack was sold. After sitting idle for multiple years, the lift and complex were resurrected in 2012.


The Witches complex on the 1993-1994 Mt. Snow trail map
The Witches complex on the 1993-1994 Mt. Snow trail map

The Witches complex on the 2004-2005 Mt. Snow trail map
The Witches complex on the 2004-2005 Mt. Snow trail map

The Witches Triple (2006)
The Witches Triple (2006)

The Witches Triple (2006)
The Witches Triple (2006)

The Witches complex as seen from the main mountain (2006)
The Witches complex as seen from the main mountain (2006)

Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain Expansion History
Project NameSeasonStatus
Deerfield Ridge1980sCancelled
Hermitage Connection2012-13Open
South Witches1980sCancelled
The Witches1987-88Open
Upper Mountain1965-66Open
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Last updated: April 23, 2014

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