Ludlow, VT - In a much-anticipated decision, on November 4, 2002, the Vermont Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Okemo's Jackson Goreproject and has denied an appeal opposing the first phase of the planned unit development. The decision resolves any remaining legal issuesregarding Phase I of the Jackson Gore project.
Since commencing the permit process for the Jackson Gore expansion four years ago, Okemo Mountain officials have sought the proper stateand local approvals to embark on the most exciting expansion plan in Okemo's history. In April of 2002, the Vermont State Environmental Boardgave Okemo "the green light to begin the $100 million project that would include new lifts and trails, the Jackson Gore Inn, a base lodge facility and skier services and amenities. But, an appeal by a local resident from a decision handed down by the Ludlow Development and Review Board approving the first phase of the project has been in the appeal process for two years.
"Receiving the Supreme Court's decision is wonderful news, commented Tim Mueller, owner of Okemo. "It's been a long time coming and marksthe end of any remaining legal issues regarding Phase 1 of the project. "We are looking forward to the grand opening of our new Jackson GoreExpress quad chairlift, along with seven new trails and will continue to move forward on the construction of our new base area.
Okemo will unveil seven new trails and a highspeed detachable quad chairlift in the new Jackson Gore area this season. The Jackson GoreExpress will run at a speed of 1,100 feet per minute and has a carrying capacity of 2,400 pph. Many of the trails in the new mountain area havesweeping turns and undulations reminiscent of classic New England trails. With the addition of Jackson Gore, Okemo now has 5-mountain areascomprised of Jackson Gore, Solitude, Northeast Summit/Glades, South Face and South Ridge. The "grand opening of the new area is expected totake place in December.