It could be a decade before skiing returns to the long-closed Maple Valley Ski Area in Dummerston, Vermont. But, if the property’s new owners have their way, it could reopen as the site of a new brewery within the next two years.

According to an article on, the ski area’s new owners, Sugar Mountain Holdings, completed their purchase of the 375-acre property in May at a cost of $745,000.

Keane Aures, who represents the group of investors who purchased the property, recently told Dummerston officials that the ski area’s infrastructure needs a complete overhaul, which could mean it will take nearly a decade for skiing to return to the site. However, he says they hope to develop an energy-efficient, sustainable brewery and distillery and have it up and running within one to two years and to have a productive vineyard within three to five years.

Read more about plans for Vermont’s Maple Valley Ski Area.