The new ski-in/ski-out, bike-in/bike-out Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center is now open.
After several months of uncertainly, Burke Mountain Resort has officially opened the Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center, the first hotel to ever open on its slopes.
The $55 million, 116-suite hotel is located just below the MidBurke Express quad and can accommodate over 450 guests. The new facility also features a day lodge complete with a restaurant, pub, coffee shop, retail store and an arcade.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin had the honor of cutting the ribbon in an opening ceremony Thursday.
“I’ve cut a lot of ribbons, I’ve met a lot of great Vermonters, but I have yet to cut a ribbon as exciting as this one, one where we have bled, shed more tears, worked harder, taken more heat, but together gotten it done.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was one of triumph for many in attendance who have worked hard to create a vibrant four-season resort at a mountain that is still recovering from news last April that the State of Vermont and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil actions alleging investor fraud dating back to 2008 at EB-5 development projects at Jay Peak and Burke.
Steve Olson, CEO of Leisure Hotels and Resorts, the company now managing the resort, said they have made improvements to the snow equipment. “This year we’ve made a commitment that it will be open November 1. There has been over $200,000 spent to make sure we get adequate snow on the mountain and we’re ready to open early, and get as many people here as possible.”
The town of East Burke is also home to the world-renowned Kingdom Trails, another group that is excited to have the lodging options the new hotel brings. “We have become a four-season destination. It’s outdoor recreation wonderland,” said Kingdom Trails Executive Director and President of the Burke Area Chamber of Commerce Tim Tierney.
The resort is home to Burke Mountain Academy, whose alumni include Olympic slalom gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, 117 U.S. Ski Team members, 138 national team athletes and 33 Olympians. Burke Mountain Academy Trustee Donald Graham said, “There is no Academy if we don’t have a prosperous and successful mountain.”
“We’ve been working on the maintenance of the snowmaking systems and plan to be ready to start making snow by November 1, with a goal of opening by Thanksgiving, ”Burke’s Jessica Sechler told SnoCountry.com. Sechler added that plans are underway to expand programs for an increased number of visitors, including snowsports and instruction, as well as partnering with the NorthWoods Stewardship Center to open new cross country skiing trails.