A years-long effort to expand a ski mountain will finally get an up-or-down vote this week and, with it, force two gubernatorial candidates to pick sides in an emotional and unique New Hampshire issue.
The five-member Executive Council is set to vote Wednesday on whether to approve the expansion at Mount Sunapee Resort. The ski mountain leases part of its land from the state, and the Department of Resources and Economic Development supports the expansion plan, saying it appropriately balances economic development with public concerns over conservation.
But opponents worry an expansion will encroach on and fail to protect the state park's natural resources.
With two of the five councilors running for governor — Democrat Colin Van Ostern and Republican Chris Sununu — the stakes in the vote are heightened.