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Alpine Mountain goes on the block...

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SAM Magazine--July 25, 2013--Alpine Mountain Ski and Snowtubing, located in the Poconos in Pennsylvania, will be sold by competitive sealed bid in September. According to the Pocono Record, Alpine was bought two years ago by Appletree Management, which managed the ski area for three years prior. Appletree management stated that it wanted to get back to the business of property management and let another entity bring the area to the next level.

The 103-acre property opened in 1984 and includes 3 fixed-grip chairs and two wire rope tows that access 21 trails, plus a lodge and a rental shop.

Sealed bids will be accepted through September 11. Interested buyers can contact Bill Howze of the Renaissance Auction Group at bill@auctionhowze.com.
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What's the vert there?  Wouldn't it be cool to have enough cash to buy it? 

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Where is the rest of the map?

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Where is the rest of the map?

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Shshshshhhhh..  They're not going to tell you gapers about the secret stashes..

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What's the vert there?  Wouldn't it be cool to have enough cash to buy it? 

450 is the vert, IIRC. That's 450 feet, not yards or meters. 

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Appletree management stated that it wanted to get back to the business of property management and let another entity bring the area to the next level.

 

 

So how do you go about making $ on a small hill "perfect for families" (read: no lift lines because anyone from NYC goes north to ski and there aren't enough people from Wilkes-Barre and Scranton buying tickets) dependent upon a few months of favorable weather?  I suppose you can operate something profitable in the summer, but building another golf course in the middle of nowhere won't be profitable since Alpine doesn't have hotels or conference facilities or lodging to make it a destination.  If I were a gambler, I'd offer summer skiing--that's right--using something like Snowflex (http://www.snowmaker.com/snowflex.html ) or AstroTurf Snow figuring that the hill is a great place for people to learn so why not do it year round?  You need a novelty like that to get people to come there from Manhattan.  How else do you "bring the entity to the next level"?  Adding a high speed six pack on a 450 foot hill ain't gonna do it.
 

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This is a screenshot I took back in 2010. Alpine had the top rated snowfall that day. I had to chuckle, no I know why I took it. 

 

 

 

Sung to The Beverly Hillbillies...

We loaded up the truck and moved to Timber Hill

T-Bars..Poma Lift...

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My dream is to one day buy up a foreclosed ski resort and live on the land and keep one lift running for myself and my friends.  Thanks to the economy and climate change I may get my wish it seems!

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My dream is to one day buy up a foreclosed ski resort and live on the land and keep one lift running for myself and my friends.  Thanks to the economy and climate change I may get my wish it seems!


Buy this one.

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Buy this one.

 

I'd love to, I could ski all summer at that one.

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I have a house 10 minutes north. Alpine was part of the adjacent housing development at one time. Undeveloped land in the area is worth a few thousand an acre. All I figure is if I owned, I would ski less.
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I have a house 10 minutes north. Alpine was part of the adjacent housing development at one time. Undeveloped land in the area is worth a few thousand an acre. All I figure is if I owned, I would ski less.

Exactly where?

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I can't remember being aware of Alpine Mountain, and, I live in Philly. It's amusing to see the word Alpine in reference to a Pa. ski area. I suspect finding a buyer willing to operate it will be a challenge.

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Exactly where?

My house is just north of Canandensis.  Attached is an aerial with JF and Camelback for perspective.

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Off of 390 or 447? I grew up in canadensis.
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My cousin used to ski there. He said it was a good place to learn because of the lack of crowds. But wasn't there an incident with a child and a grooming machine there years ago?

Yes. http://articles.mcall.com/2002-01-25/news/3397655_1_ski-resort-grooming-machine-new-jersey-boy
http://articles.mcall.com/2002-02-05/news/3396086_1_ski-patrol-new-jersey-boy-state-police
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I clearly remember blasting off the top of a snow whale to eek.gif see the headlights of an oncoming snow cat in my face years ago.  No collision, but pretty close call.  Grooming runs that were open to skiers was commonplace years ago.   We all used to try to follow the trailers to hit the fresh cord or fluff they were leaving behind too.  Looking back it seems like a pretty stupid idea.  I'm glad they only (mostly?) groom closed runs now.

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Off of 390 or 447? I grew up in canadensis.

Off of 447. Off of lake Russell road.
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Originally built as 'Timber Hill' in the 60's.  Two T-bars and a Platter.  Also had a Ski Jump - used only once or twice.

 

Reopened in about 83/84 as Alpine Mountain.  Owner wanted the first listing in the phone book.

 

Great place to ski on weekends - no crowds unless Shawnee and Camelback parking lots were full.

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Sold to a local investor that has not been disclosed yet.

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Sold to a local investor that has not been disclosed yet.

I will not confirm nor deny. 

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I suggest denying.
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