MOUNTAINEER: Innkeepers & Infrastructure
The Inn sits on 12 acres of land formerly owned by the Kull family as part of their family farm. Today’s 10-acre meadow with gardens, gazebo and lap pool was previously a field for growing hay.
Originally called the Mountaineer Lodge, the Inn was built, owned and operated by Maryanne and Paul Kaemmerlen. Paul was part of the invasion at Omaha Beach and also saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. Upon returning from the war, he finished college and married. His love of sports eventually led him, his wife Maryanne and their three daughters to Mount Snow. The Mountaineer opened its doors on January 1, 1961. At that time many of the rooms were connected by a shared bathroom. There were even some dorm rooms. The Kaemmerlens loved sports and had a clay tennis court on the property; their daughters owned horses and would ride in the 10-acre meadow.
Back then the winter business was so thriving that the Inn did not need to be open to summer and fall guests.
In 1977, the Mountaineer was sold to Stan Louderback. Stan also served our country as a member of the Air Force in the early 1950’s and continued in the Air Force Reserves until the early ‘60’s. Under Stan’s watch times and tastes changed. Economic times called for the need to open the doors from spring through fall and Stan was very successful in the senior coach tour business during those seasons. No longer were shared bathrooms acceptable so Stan remodeled all the rooms to have private baths as they do today. Stan also added the 3-story “new wing” which includes the largest guest room, owner’s quarters and the sauna on the lower level.
Stan sold the Mountaineer to Creative Resorts in 1986. The Mountaineer property was merged with the inn next door formerly known as the Alp Hof. They called the combined site the “Mountaineer Resort and Condos.” The corporation had a very aggressive development plan which never materialized and after about 18 months went into bankruptcy. While finances were being dealt with in the courts, the Mountaineer never closed and Stan was brought back to manage the Inn. The Alp Hof was converted into condos. To this day, the now transformed Alp Hof retains the Mountaineer Resort name. This at times causes confusion for new guests.
Once the bankruptcy action was settled, Hans and Delia Hoefer purchased the Mountaineer. The Hoefers had for many years successfully run the Trails End Lodge in Wilmington but had retired. However, when the Mountaineer became available the notion of owning an inn at the base of the mountain lured them back to the area and Innkeeping. The Hoefers changed the name from Mountaineer Lodge to Mount Snow Mountaineer Inn. After running the Mountaineer for 3 years and it being twice the size of Trails End, retirement looked all the sweeter. The Hoefers decided to retire once again.
In December of 1993, after successful careers in New York City, Royal & Ned Wilson purchased the Inn and continue to own it to this day. Being the longest-term Innkeepers, the Wilsons have taken on numerous projects and improvements, many of which the guests see and some that are behind-the-scenes. Installed in 1998, the most popular addition is the year-round, 14-person, outdoor hot tub, the first in the area. That same year saw a major landscaping project complete with the 64’ heated lap pool, gardens and gazebo. In 2010, the reception area was renovated to enhance the check-in process and provide increased equipment storage and a heated boot closet. In 2012, all those private bathrooms that Stan put in were completely updated. In
2013, improvements to the guestrooms included all new electrical wiring outfitted with built-in USB charging ports and sound deadening materials in the walls. Air conditioning in the public areas was also installed. In 2014, the Mountaineer was one of the last Inns to put TV’s in the rooms, to which some long-time guests still take exception. During the summer and fall of 2017, each guestroom saw the arrival of highly efficient air conditioning and heating units along with new furniture and other appointments.
Throughout its history the owners and Innkeepers of the Mountaineer have retained a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere. To this day, guests return that were children during the Kaemmerlen’s times and are now grandparents. We hope that first time guests will develop the same affection and affinity to the Mountaineer that so many have over the Inn’s 50+ years existence.
We’ve posted some photos of the Mountaineer being built during the summer of 1960 as well as other events from the 60s and 70s.
See you in Vermont!