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JAY â€“ Guests coming to Jay Peak Resort now are traveling from far and wide to see what the buzz is all about. IfÂ travelers happen to forget to bring something they need, no problem. Or if guests want to shop for souvenirs, clothing, or even food, they don't have to travel further than the resort.
The new Vermont country store, called Provisions General Store, just opened on the mountain.
The new store, at a ticket price of $2 million, provides guests with a wide selection of groceries as well as gifts, souvenirs, apparel, and a well-stocked deli counter where sandwiches and breakfast options are available. The store also has full Wifi access.
The new retail outlet is located where the administrative offices used to sit, in the Austria Haus. It is conveniently located between the two new hotels: Hotel Jay and the Tram Haus Lodge. There is a pedestrian tunnel to the store, which allows guests the comfort of staying out of the elements.
Once inside the resort, guests can travel around to several locations without having to set foot outside, including to the recently opened water park and many restaurants.
Jay Peak continues to invest millions of dollars in development. Upstairs, the International Room, well known as a wedding and party venue, is undergoing renovations to expand and improve in order to hold even more guests. Jay Peak continues to grow as a popular wedding place, and it is working on building a wedding barn facility for ceremonies.
Additional upgrades include a new Mountain Learning Center at the State Side area of the resort, two new lifts, and a transformation of its Sky Haus summit tram station, which will include a restaurant right at the top of the mountain. More golf and mountain cottages are slated for construction along the golf course and Nordic center, and the new Jay Peak Lodge and townhouses.
Amid all the construction and improvements, the resort announced that it was lowering the prices of all of its lift tickets. Skiers and riders will see price drops in all ticket categories, from single to multi-day, when they reload their tickets online. Some ticket prices will be lowered by as much as $50, resort officials say.
Since 2008, the resort has invested over a quarter of a billion dollars in new lodging properties, snowmaking, chairlifts, base lodges, a conference center (now a popular spot for concerts), an ice arena and an indoor water park. And there is more to come before all is said and done.
Bill Stenger, co-owner of the resort, returned from a trip overseas to attract investors and then hopped on another plane to Florida to meet with more potential investors from Latin America.
Projects are funded in part through the EB-5 foreign investor program, where those wishing to seek U.S. citizenship can invest $500,000 in exchange for Green Cards for themselves and immediate family members. The program will also be used to fund the developments Â at Burke Mountain, Newport, and the Newport Airport in Coventry.