Starting in spring 2014, construction of the new 116-suite Hotel Burke will begin, under the direction of PeakCM, whose President and Owner - Jerry Davis - was responsible for building the Tram Haus Lodge, Hotel Jay and Pumphouse Indoor Waterpark at Jay Peak. The new Hotel Burke will take inspiration from the Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak, but have a connection to Burke that is obvious and important.
It’s an exciting time to be part of Q Burke. Our new owners, Q Burke Mountain Resort LLC, are committed to integrating new plans against an older philosophy; that skiers and riders are in the best position to understand what’s best for skiers and riders. Our ownership group includes Ariel Quiros, CEO and longtime Northeast Kingdom resident, skier and property owner and Bill Stenger, President of Jay Peak and architect of Jay Peak and Q Burke's approach to EB-5 financing, which is fueling and financing growth here in the Kingdom. The mountain is being run by Ary Quiros Jr., President and CEO, who brings an extensive hospitality background and a spirit of hard work and attention to detail.
Along with the new Hotel Burke, an indoor aquatic and tennis center are also in the plans. These projects are expected to open for Winter 2015+16 and will present the first ski-in, ski-out hotel lodging at the mountain. Make sure to check back here as construction begins and the future gets fully underway.
It’s no secret that Burke has long needed beds, so next up will be a new 116-room hotel.
A first look at the future.
A shot looking down at the placement of the new Hotel Burke, with Wiloughby Gap off in the distance. Modeled after the Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak, this building will be home to 116 suites ranging from studio to 3 bedrooms with full kitchens and either Gap or Peak views.
Built with Vermont hands, stone and wood, the new hotel and conference center will offer 116 rooms–from studios to 3-BR suites. Other amenities will include a new bar and restaurant, conference spaces and a fitness center. Outside of most rooms, a balcony will offer guests amazing views–some of the mountain, others of Willoughby Gap–so expect even more pictures of the constantly-photographed Gap on Flickr in the future.
The front of the hotel.
The view from the mountain.
The new hotel is expected to open winter 2015/16. A future which will feel comfortably like the past, just a bit newer.
A community does not live by beds alone.
Introducing the new Burke Indoor Tennis and Aquatic Center.
Arriving on roughly the same timeline as the new Burke Hotel and Conference Center (winter 2015/16), we’ll also be debuting an indoor/outdoor Tennis Facility and Aquatics Center. The Tennis Center will be a mix of indoor/outdoor courts available to locals, day visitors and overnight guests and the Aquatics Center will provide pool and lane space for hotel guests, area swim meets and anyone looking to cool off when the weather keeps us out of our favorite swimming holes.
A growing community
Last spring, Q Burke Mountain Resorts LLC purchased Burke Mountain. The group, headed by Jay Peak co-owner Ariel Quiros, includes recognizable Northern Vermont businessman Bill Stenger and is one piece in a $700 million initiative in the Northeast Kingdom.
Leading the team that will be developing, building and running the new Q Burke will be Ary Quiros Jr., President and CEO. Ary brings a deep hospitality background and a get-your-hands dirty ethic that fits in perfectly with the Burke spirit.
For Burke skiers, riders, mountain bikers, hikers, neighbors and friends, it's great news in the form of up to $108 million in developments. But with big money, comes big worries about losing the mountain's uniqueness–the Burke spirit. A spirit that respects its natural history and racing heritage. Worries that Mr. Quiros himself addressed when he stated:
“I’m delighted to be involved in the Burke Mountain Resort community,"
Mr. Quiros said. “The mountain has been such an authentic part of the Vermont ski industry and to be able to guide it into the future is truly exciting for me and my ownership team. I believe so strongly in the environmental spirit of Vermont and want the Burke community to know how committed to environmental stewardship we are.”
A bigger initiative
But the development Q Burke is bringing to the mountain is only one piece in a regional puzzle that will bring thousands of permanent and construction jobs to the Northeast Kingdom in the coming years. Other projects include:
The bulk of the funding for these projects will come from foreign investors as part of the federal EB5 program.