A lost area you dream about buying and actually affordable and resurrectable

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  • lotsoskiinglotsoskiing advanced
    Posts: 477
    No closed area is completely turnkey, but I would guess:

    Saddleback- not exactly cheap, but ready to go
    Tuxedo Ridge- could likely open quickly
    Hickory- lifts always need work and would need snowmaking to survive
    Bobcat- lifts likely suspect (still there?), as is lodge
    Shu-Maker Mt (always intrigues me): lifts there but have not turned in a very long time
    Pinnacle- trails would need to be re-cut and lift is surely rusted in place
  • Bill29Bill29 advanced
    Posts: 195
    Cisco started this thread and he said the dreaming is certainly affordable, so I would pick Mt Watatic. Whether it could be resurrected  is questionable, so I'll just add that to the dream.
    Watatic was a fun place to ski. It was a nice, 700-foot vertical hill with interesting trails in a good snow belt in Central Mass. about 10 or 15 miles from Temple Mountain. Plenty of cross-country trails nearby, too.I remember skiing there on a blue bird day and seeing cross-country skiers, including a couple in very colorful Laplander garb, coming to the base lodge for coffee. Lots of people of Finnish background in that neck of the woods. It soaked up the overflow from Wachusett on busy days. It closed because of mismanagement, IMO. 
  • JMaulJMaul advanced
    edited March 15 Posts: 186
    JMaul said:

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    I've not heard a peep that Bobcat might even be for sale.  Anybody know anything?


    Everything is for sale, for the right price.

    I did some snooping and came across a political piece for Andes where 2 candidates for various Town positions where they both said they would support reopening the former Bobcat Ski Center if a developer brought forth a viable plan.

    The piece is about 2 years old. That's all I have.
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  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    Posts: 1,010
    We have not even discussed the alternative of leasing a ski area from the owners similar to what Squaw are doing in Maine
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    Posts: 1,010
    And Tupper?
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    JMaul said:

    JMaul said:

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    I've not heard a peep that Bobcat might even be for sale.  Anybody know anything?


    Everything is for sale, for the right price.

    I did some snooping and came across a political piece for Andes where 2 candidates for various Town positions where they both said they would support reopening the former Bobcat Ski Center if a developer brought forth a viable plan.

    The piece is about 2 years old. That's all I have.


    Bobcat would have real potential. From what I understand the town of Andes, NY is turning into a bit of a weekend-getaway place for NYC/downstate folks. 
  • newmannewman advanced
    Posts: 137
    Andie's is a cool, friendly, small town. Margretville is close and a little more to it. Bobcat would be the longest drive from the NYC and Albany markets in the Catskills. I found the land on the net. Its not listed for sale now.
  • RemskiRemski advanced
    Posts: 255
    Mt. Whittier is my dream to reopen. So steep and plenty of water for snowmaking plus expansion possibilities and let's not forget the astounding views.
  • ski_itski_it expert
    edited March 16 Posts: 1,386
    Remski said:

    Mt. Whittier is my dream to reopen. So steep and plenty of water for snowmaking plus expansion possibilities and let's not forget the astounding views.

    +2
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  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    Posts: 1,010

    +1 for Bobcat as well.


    Bearpen I would love to see, but is it really in the "affordable" and "resurrectable" range? Most of the others at least have relatively clear trails and possibly functioning lifts. Bearpen would be basically starting from scratch, save the trail(s) cut by the owner.
    Just got an email back from Dominique R of Bearpen Mountain Sports(took a month for reply) after asking if there would be downhill cat skiing which I thought I had seen several months back when Nelsap JD started a thread with the "advertisement" of this new project.
    She states they are hoping to open with cross country skiing,(wonder if that's at the base or along the summit ridge)ice skating( same question, there is the pond at the top used in the '50s)and snow tubing." Eventually we hope to move into backcountry skiing".
    So as far as any downhill it sounds like it's on the back burner.

    drennell@bearpenmountain.com

    The only top to bottom trail I am aware of other than bushwacking is Russ' trail I was honored to ride on the back of a atv with the author himself.
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    Posts: 1,010
    Bearpen
    From Jitney parking lot next to ski run roadimageimage

    From summitimage


    The former ice skating "red clay mud pond" with the hike crew from 7/5/15imageimage
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    2592 x 1936 - 2M
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    2592 x 1936 - 2M
  • njskibabenjskibabe intermediate
    Posts: 72

    Highmount - NY (next to Belleayre).   I believe Belleayre got approval to access these trails and to add them on to their resort.

  • JMaulJMaul advanced
    Posts: 186

    Highmount - NY (next to Belleayre).   I believe Belleayre got approval to access these trails and to add them on to their resort.

    Belleayre Resort  Site looks to be out-of-date but there's some interesting maps/plans if you click around.

    With Cuomo offering up $8 Million in upgrades, it may pave the way to the expansion.
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