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Spanish Peaks Ski Area goes under......huh?

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http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/economy/article_895f2ccc-f375-11e0-97a0-001cc4c03286.html

 

A little known private ski area & golf course abutting Big Sky resort just went under. The skiing in the area was marginal due to the flatter terrain and southern exposure, which mixed with its lower elevation, caused its snow to melt much earlier than at Big Sky or Moonlight. The ski runs were mainly there to provide ski in/ski out access to Big Sky.

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I was just at a ski swap for a small ski area near reno, Sky Tavern.  There was much discussion about how important it is for small ski areas to stay open to give new skiers a chance to lear at a price that is not intimidating.  Sad to see these little areas go  by the wayside, eh?

 

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I wonder what this means for the homeowners. There're some pricey second homes in this development, a very nice golf course, and the nicest yurt restaurant/lounge I've ever seen. 

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Can someone explain what the attraction of yurt lodges is?

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I'm sure it was just cheap to construct:

 

Sacajawea Camp
For the more adventurous, Sacajawea Camp, located at the bottom of Big Sky's ski terrain, is the members-only sanctuary, welcoming weary skiers and snowboarders. The yurt-style mountain camp has warm fireplaces, comfy leather couches and first-class, on-mountain dining. While it may seem surprising that such fine cuisine can be presented in the wilderness, the Sacajawea Camp staff puts together perfection.


 

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Can someone explain what the attraction of yurt lodges is?



 

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The attraction of the yurt lodges was they were just over the fence keeping the riffraff away while you dined and drank during breaks while skiing at Big Sky. The detraction was they were located as far as you could get from the good skiing at Big Sky making them an undesirable choice for most intermediate to advance skiers.

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It's just one low-angle snoozer to sample how the 1% have lunch. I prefer the Moonlight Lodge deli. Yum. 

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By the way, there's a lot of discussion in Big Sky going on concerning Spanish Peaks.  Spanish Peaks itself never really had aspirations of being a ski area.  They were more concerned about doing real estate development so they just put those two lifts in for homeowner access.  (a la the newish resort model of "real estate development with a ski area as an amenity").  

 

Anyway, what everyone is wondering is:

 

1.  Would Spanish Peaks let the HOA get together an try to run the lifts themselves this winter?

2.  Even if they could get things organized, would they be allowed to do it under the bankruptcy proceedings?  Those assets may get tied up in the courts.

 

If those lifts aren't turning, the value of that real estate drops considerably.  It's about a half hour drive around the mountain to Big Sky.

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