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Major PA Resort Closing?

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Got a PM today about the mountain I currently represent as ambassador. I missed this somehow, but Sno Mountain has defaulted on its loan to the county and is behind on its taxes. According to the Times-Tribune, the county is going to be putting the property on its upset sale next September and any buyer would assume the 4.5 million+ in debt owed to the county and other private firms. Sno's website still says they are opening, but the company is not returning phone calls related to the matter. Wonder if this may lead to the closing of the resort.

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I almost went skiing there two years ago when I was up in the Poconos.  I'd be sad to see them go out of business and having missed my chance to ski there.

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Sorry to here. Not my favorite mountain but it was an important "feeder" hill for local skiers.

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Its always depressing when a hill closes.

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I don't know if the hill is closing, that is conjecture on my part. But if they do default on their mortgage and loans and the county puts them for sale I'd have to assume it will impact their skiing. I noticed in the article they had taken a substantial infrastructure loan out, but have been behind on payments for well over a year. That explains why the lift that broke down February of 2010 still isn't open.

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From what  I understand they should be open this winter. However, I am not sure I would trust that enough to buy a season pass from a company that looks like they may be bankrupt before long. Given their location (excellent) and access (also excellent), I doubt that they will be really closing. The facilities are a bit shabby and the snow making is not great, but the terrain has a couple (literally 2) interesting trails set among a lot of humdrum trails. My guess, and it is without any inside info, is that they will operate this winter, then declare bankruptcy, get all the debt off the books and be bought from whomever the bankruptcy court gives the title to by someone new without all the back debt burden. It is always a mountain I mention (as a joke) when people are looking for the closest ski area to an airport. Sno is, as the crow flies, less than a mile from one runway at Wilkes Barre/Scranton airport and probably about a 7 or 8 minute drive.

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Originally Posted by vsirin View Post

From what  I understand they should be open this winter. However, I am not sure I would trust that enough to buy a season pass from a company that looks like they may be bankrupt before long. Given their location (excellent) and access (also excellent), I doubt that they will be really closing. The facilities are a bit shabby and the snow making is not great, but the terrain has a couple (literally 2) interesting trails set among a lot of humdrum trails. My guess, and it is without any inside info, is that they will operate this winter, then declare bankruptcy, get all the debt off the books and be bought from whomever the bankruptcy court gives the title to by someone new without all the back debt burden. It is always a mountain I mention (as a joke) when people are looking for the closest ski area to an airport. Sno is, as the crow flies, less than a mile from one runway at Wilkes Barre/Scranton airport and probably about a 7 or 8 minute drive.



Their snowmaking ability has improved, that is actually the one part of their infrastructure that has improved since the county sold the place. They have done some to alleviate the lodge congestion by moving rentals to a tent outside the building and the lodge is in pretty good shape. The lift infrastructure is what is in desperate need of help. A top to bottom ride of only 1000 feet takes 15 minutes or more. The only lift that actually serves the full vertical broke (while I was riding it) in February of 2010 and has not opened since. There is a good deal of traversing involved if you want to make consistent top to bottom runs.

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I have a lot of great memories of this place. I grew up not far from there, and i was in elementary school when it first opened, not as Sno Mountain, but as Montage Mtn. I havent thought about in a long time, but i remember my first run there the year that they first opened. This was before the "North Face" runs of Boomer, Cannonball, and Smoke were even cut. Then a few years later White Lightning was cut. My high school ski club would be there every Friday night and I entered my first ski competions there....ha, i won gold in moguls when they had the Keystone State Winter Games there. Holy crap...memories.

I also dropped my first cliff there. There was a "big" one (i was in HS so i guess anything was big) right underneath the lift that served those two long top to bottom runs on lookers left side of trail map (cant remember names).

I hope they stay open. I'd like to make turns there again someday for old time sake when i visiting home. Or at least look off in the distance from my parents house and their orange lights on the distance.


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