Excerpted from WPTZ.com in Burlington: JAY, Vt. — The normally quiet off-season at the Jay Peak Ski Resort this summer is anything but, as 200 construction workers — almost all from the local area — race to complete a new $20 million base lodge and hotel in time for the upcoming winter. Jay Peak, which opened in 1955, sits near the Canadian border in Vermont’s Orleans County, an area with one of the state’s highest unemployment rates.
But resort owner Bill Stenger hopes his multi-year resort expansion project will help change that. Gov. Jim Douglas joined Stenger and scores of contractors and local leaders for a groundbreaking Wednesday afternoon marking the start of phase two of the expansion.