Like many businesses in the Mad River Valley, Sugarbush Resort has been impacted by employee difficulties finding workforce housing.



“Finding affordable rental housing (seasonal or year-round) is very difficult in the MRV and becomes increasingly difficult over time,” Sugarbush spokesman John Bleh wrote in an email. feedback from several resort departments, including planning and human resources.

“We estimate that we were unable to accommodate 25 employees last season. Demand for short-term rentals and expensive vacation rentals is outpacing middle- and low-income salaried workers. Our employee services department regularly responds to housing requests from staff and potential staff. Being able to provide employee housing, along with our $15 starting salary, helps Sugarbush be an employer of choice in Vermont and the New England ski industry,” he said.

He explained that the station will welcome about 50 employees this summer, of which about 80% will be seasonal employees. Next ski season, it plans to house approximately 150 employees in nine Sugarbush-owned facilities as well as additional leased facilities. Representatives said that number is similar to the number of employees housed on-site for the recent ski season.

“The new workforce housing is in preliminary planning but will not be operational for 2022-23,” Bleh said. “We are working closely with Alterra, our parent company, to develop a draft proposal to share with the City of Warren and the community over the coming months. We are staying in touch with the Mad River Valley Housing Coalition and the MRVPD as we plan for additional workforce housing in Sugarbush.