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Inside The Hermitage Club: Vermont's Only Private Ski Resort

Imagine a weekend of uninterrupted Vermont skiing where you can traverse thousands of acres of powdery terrain without long lift lines and out of control beginners violently careening into you. Now enter The Hermitage Club, an exclusive private mountain resort in the Deerfield Valley where membership is capped at just 1,500.

Set on the site of what was formerly the low-key local mainstay Haystack Mountain Ski Area, The Hermitage Club boasts 1,400 idyllic acres of private slopes and plenty of terrain for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, tubing, and touring around on snowmobiles. 

Fun here isn't limited to the winter months, either. It's intended to be used as a four-season retreat with lots of hiking and biking trails, fly fishing, and an 18-hole Desmond Muirhead golf course.

While grand plans include a five-star hotel and luxury home development, their recently unveiled 80,000-square-foot clubhouse is the property's current gem.

The sprawling space is the epitome of backcountry luxury. 

It's also reportedly the largest post and beam structure east of the Mississippi River. 

Forget everything you ever knew about sub-par snacks at overrun ski lodge dining halls. The cuisine at Hermitage is unquestionably gourmet, served in ultimate comfort.

Instead of waiting in long lines for a burnt coffee, you'll be kicking back in a leather club chair awaiting delivery of your freshly prepared latte.

You can also make your way up (or a hitch a ride in a Snow Cat) to the converted trail house at the top of the mountain to grab a scenic small bite or cocktail during the day.

If you're looking to keep your core strength on point or need to work off that third creme brulee from last night's feast, the impressive fitness center awaits. 

For days when working out isn't in the cards though, there's also a full-service spa.

Sub-par conditions? There's also no shortage of diversions, including a two-lane bowling alley, game room, and ping pong tables.

And a private theater. Where multiple screenings of Hot Dog... The Movie seem pretty unlikely.  

You'd have to try pretty hard to have a dull night. The clubhouse features a sizable stage, complete with an impressive sound and lighting system. Above is a photo from Kenny Loggins' recent performance there. The event calendar is booked with other big name acts for the next month and a half as well, including Cheap Trick, Hall & Oates, and Kevin Nealon.

The perks extend well beyond avoiding overcrowded trails and gourmet meals. The Hermitage Club actually purchased the nearby airport, to make it as easy as possible to get there. It's a wise move, too, considering at least a handful of those who can pony up the $65,000+ membership fees are going to be flying private.

You'll also only have to worry about shipping your gear there one time, because they'll happily store it all for you when you leave. Shoot an email when you're headed back, and they'll have it ready and waiting.

Becoming a member is admittedly prohibitively pricey (with annual dues of $5,000 on top of the joining fee) but it's hard to put a price on what it feels like to have an entire mountain to yourself.


Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. He is a sub-par skiier, but an above-average tuber.