The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain is a four-season private ski community and golf club set in the scenic Deerfield Valley in idyllic southern Vermont.
Founder and visionary, Jim Barnes, and Vice President, Bob Rubin, hired us and three additional entities to form a strong, mutually-reinforcing team to design a new luxury base lodge as the center of the resort.
We are working full steam ahead with our team members to fast track this project and meet the various deadlines on time and on budget.
|East Perspective View|
The 'ski-to' lower level includes a retail shop as well as a ski rental
and a storage facility. Ski valet service is provided on the main
level. Heated patios throughout provide safety and an added
element of comfort.
West Perspective View
Douglas Fir timber frame defines the structure inside and out.
Natural red cedar shingles clad the roof and walls, and window
walls with high efficiency glass connect the inside to the outdoors.
West Patio Entrance
Under the 60-foot clocktower, the slopeside west patio forms
the main gathering place for ski-in-and-out activities. In the
next round of design development, this area will include a
large circular fire pit.
On the ride up, the lift affords views of the base lodge and
beginner's slope complete with a magic carpet.
Main Dining Lounge
The main dining room lofts over 40 feet to the cupola above
and seats approximately 450 guests. Additional dining rooms
will serve small parties for special occasions.
North Locker Lounge
Providing the ultimate in convenience and comfort, the locker
lounge provides every membership with its own locker in one
of five locker lounges located throughout the base lodge.
The two-lane, heated, indoor swimming pool is the perfect place to
cool off after workout or massage in the adjacent fitness center,
yoga studio and spa.
Section of the Lobby
With the glass walls to the West and East, the Dining area creates
the perfect place to meet for lunch and enjoy the view.
Recently, an expanded design plan was approved by the local
Development Review Board. As quoted in the Wednesday,
October 17 issue of the Brattleboro Reformer, Rubin said,
"The approval of this 90,000 square foot lodge is the capstone
to our recent permitting efforts."
The new base lodge will nestle slope-side into Haystack Mountain, midway up the mountain. The stunning location will offer easy ski-
in, ski-out access to skiers and spectacular views of the mountain
and surrounding hills and peaks.
Featured amenities are to include gourmet fine dining, shopping,
ski valet, a state-of-the-art Spa and Wellness Center, a teen
center, ski school, and a day care center. In addition, there will be roughly 14,500 square feet of balconies, porches, and radiantly
heated stone patios.
The base lodge will contain four levels:
Bottom Basement Level
This area will faciliate shipping and receiving, and will include a mechanical room, a laundry room, a prep kitchen, and a teen
center with a movie theater, virtual bowling area, and a portion of the luxury spa.
Upper Basement Level
To be included on the upper underground level are a shopping area, a ski rental and demo center, a day care and ski school, ski tuning,
ski storage, lockers, and the rest of the luxury Spa and Wellness
center which features a two-lane lap pool and state-of-the-art
The ground floor features the lobby and dining room area and
serving station, ski valet and ski storage, and the club's main
marketing and real estate sales offices. Small dining and function
rooms for private events will also be located on this level.
The enormous four-sided fireplace will be the focal point in the
timber framed great room. Members will be able to enjoy views
of the mountain and surrounding hills while relaxing fireside
with a made-to-order latte.
The top floor has an open balcony as well as member ski storage.
The private club will have approximately 1,500 memberships. Each membership will have its own locker in one of five different locker rooms in the lodge.
Austin Design inc - prime architect
John Guminak Design Services - designer
Harrington Engineering, Inc. - civil engineering
Colby Co. Engineering - structural, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering
We will be working closely with Efficiency Vermont to enhance the sustainability and energy efficiency of the building.
Ground source heat pumps will be used for the HVAC system, and
there is an emphasis on indoor air quality.
August 2012 marked the groundbreaking.
The plan is to move forward with the foundation, which will
support two underground levels constructed with steel; the ground and second stories will be timber framed with Douglas Fir.
Watch the Progress
Follow the on-site progress with the Club's webcam and watch the
"time lapse" at the job site.
The base lodge is designed to serve the heart of the private
community as it develops.
The new base lodge is the first phase of several proposed buildings which are to include a hotel, condos, timeshare townhouses, and single-family homes. A water park designed for summertime family fun may be included in the future.
The new base lodge is scheduled to complete in time for the 2013/
2014 ski season.
The Hermitage Base Lodge will soon join the existing
Hermitage Inn and Hermitage Golf Club to create a unique, full-service experience for private club members.
Snow & Ski Conditions
Snowmaking is often essential here on the east coast.
Tower mount snow guns provide drier, lighter snow coverage
for Haystack Mountain.
For more details, follow this link.
Access to the Base Lodge
The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain is accessible by
automobile, plane, and helicopter.
The property is located within close proximity of northeastern metropolitan areas including Boston and New York, as well as New Jersey.