Catamount Looking for Investors
Mirus Resort Advisors, a real estate brokerage firm focused upon resort, recreation and hospitality operations, has been engaged by Catamount Ski Area to find an investor, joint venture partner or new owner of the S. Egremont, MA/Hillsdale, NY business (resort). Owners Tom Gilbert and Rich Edwards have said “we are initiating efforts to move Catamount forward in terms of improving and enhancing the guest experiences and services.” Catamount has 36 trails and 7 lifts that provide access to the mountain’s varied terrain over its 1,000 foot vertical drop. During the non-skiing months Catamount Aerial Adventure Park operates with 12 self-guided courses for all ability levels. In support of the four-season operation, Catamount employs over 400 people throughout the year. Gilbert explains “recreation areas such as Catamount, in today’s competitive environment, require significant and frequent capital upgrades. The company’s decision will facilitate development and future growth at Catamount.”
Currently, Catamount’s Aerial Park staff is performing pre-season maintenance in order to open later this Spring. At the same time the aerial park sales staff is scheduling group visits. The mountain’s landscape division begins servicing customers in April. With regard to next season ski area operation, Catamount is already performing chairlift and grooming vehicle maintenance in preparation for the 2018-2019 winter season.
For over 75 years, Catamount has been an important part of the fabric of New York’s Columbia County and Southern Berkshire County of Massachusetts. Edwards says “it is our desire as Catamount’s owners to solidify the ski area’s position locally as well as in the eyes of skiers and snowboarders traveling here from the Metro New York area, Connecticut and Hudson Valley region.”
So, Butternut buys Catamount and Bousquet, then sets up a southern Berkshires ski pass to Butternut, Bousquet, Catamount, Blandford, and Otis Ridge?