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post #121 of 129
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Yep - everything I see is mostly low to mid 20 degrees at the steepest, with a few spots getting up to 30. Can a resort that size survive having only terrain like that? It is probably the most popular/busiest terrain, but do you lose the halo effect of having some harder stuff? (Is there a halo effect?)

 

Even at max build out, this place is going to be a bunch of 600-1000 foot vertical pods. That is not going to convince many people to drive by their current favorites. I can see the novelty of a visit, but its remote location and the Canadian dollar sinking to $.75US today is never going to support the plans.

 

If they were building this place in bottom half of VT or NH, it would be a home run.

post #122 of 129

Fascinating thread. I'm a journalist researching the redevelopment of the Balsams resort, and would love to chat with those of you who might want to weigh in on the proposed expansion plans. Feel free to PM me. 

post #123 of 129

The Balsams reports it's received site plan approval for Hampshire House and Dix House restorations. See the Union Leader article here: http://www.unionleader.com/County-OKs-renovations-for-Balsams-properties-20160606.

 

Zoning, wetland, and NHDES approvals came through earlier this year.

post #124 of 129

Its Too far, Its Too Lame....for a thousand reasons. I would like to know one person who would actually invest in this? 

post #125 of 129
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The Balsams reports it's received site plan approval for Hampshire House and Dix House restorations. See the Union Leader article here: http://www.unionleader.com/County-OKs-renovations-for-Balsams-properties-20160606.

 

Zoning, wetland, and NHDES approvals came through earlier this year.

According to the Balsams FB page, there is talk of opening up for skiing for the 2017-18 season.

post #126 of 129
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The Balsams reports it's received site plan approval for Hampshire House and Dix House restorations. See the Union Leader article here: http://www.unionleader.com/County-OKs-renovations-for-Balsams-properties-20160606.

 

Zoning, wetland, and NHDES approvals came through earlier this year.

According to the Balsams FB page, there is talk of opening up for skiing for the 2017-18 season.


We'll see what we'll see. I'll go when the skiing's all in. May not last long.

post #127 of 129
If you're a Skier it makes no sense. If you're someone who skis it might have a certain appeal if they do it right. Remember that thirty-five years ago many people thought the big Sunday River expansion was doomed to fail for all the same reasons people are citing here.
post #128 of 129

Makes sense if you are a skier based on one fact: best snowfall in NH.

post #129 of 129
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If you're a Skier it makes no sense. If you're someone who skis it might have a certain appeal if they do it right. Remember that thirty-five years ago many people thought the big Sunday River expansion was doomed to fail for all the same reasons people are citing here.


How long did it take about that expansion at Sunday River before it was clear that it would be successful?  Certainly seem to be plenty of people who make the drive from Boston up to SR for ski weekends at this point.

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