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This is interesting - OOOOPS - APRIL FOOLS!  This got me all excited for a minute!



April 1, 2015

Taylors Falls, MN – Wild Mountain/Taylors Falls Recreation announced preliminary details of the company’s plans to become the areas first year round destination resort. Private negotiations have been ongoing between the principals of Wild Mountain and a group of Japanese investors.

Initial plans call for an investment of $250 to $300 million over the next ten years. Major components of Phase I will include:

  • Construction of a 120 unit hotel and restaurant with retail shopping areas, located on land at the existing Wild Mountain site. The hotel would include a full service bar and restaurant with year round patio service (with portable heating units in the winter), including a rooftop patio area in the summer and fall. Retail store fronts will also be located on the ground floor. Anticipated retailers would be in the sporting goods/sports apparel lines. Open air tennis courts, designed to be enclosed by a dome in the foreseeable future will be constructed nearby. Future plans also call for an attached indoor/outdoor swimming pool as well as hot tubs.
  • Development of 150 acres of nearby land into new lift serviced ski terrain. This area is ‘land locked’ and would be accessible only via a new six place high-speed detachable lift to be constructed adjacent to the ski-in, ski-out hotel. This lift would also be accessible from existing Wild Mountain terrain, which would more than double the size of the area, with an anticipated vertical rise of 375 feet! The new acreage would include a chalet with food service and restrooms. Snowmaking and lighting would encompass 100% of the new terrain.
  • Purchase of 200 - 250 acres of land in rural St Croix Falls currently under option. This land would be connected to the existing ski area by a twelve passenger, two way high speed gondola. Plans call for an 18 hole golf course to open in the spring of 2016, and the addition of up to 175 acres of ski and snowboard terrain. Approximately 50% of this terrain will be classified as Expert Terrain, with small rock faced drops and narrow chutes as well as some gladed tree runs lined with ‘snow-sticks’ for snow making. This area will be developed separately from Wild Mountain and guests may choose to access one or the other area; or purchase an interconnect pass to ski both areas. It is anticipated that this area will be operational for the 2016-17 season. Gondola only passes will be available in the summer and fall offering guests a truly unique view of the scenic St Croix Valley as well as an aerial view of St Croix Falls. A clubhouse/chalet will be constructed within this development, which will include a year round restaurant and bar area with live entertainment opportunities.
  • At the Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours guests will soon have an opportunity to see and experience the many points of interest in Taylors Falls and St Croix Falls on land and in the water! The TF Duck Tours will begin offering comfortable narrated tours thru the historical downtowns and surrounding areas of both cities along the roads and on the St Croix River (above the dam) using two authentic, fully restored amphibious carriers. It is anticipated that the Duck Tours will hit the roads, and water, by midsummer 2016 and operate thru the fall color season!

 ‘’This ambitious comprehensive capital plan will take our company on an exciting, yet challenging path that will transform the guest experience at Wild Mountain/Taylors Falls Recreation,” said Vice President and Marketing Director Amy Frischmon.

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Sorry  I'm late but I just noticed this thread, and thought I would add that way back when (late 70s/early 80s) they ran a large canoe rental operation on the St. Croix river in the summer. To make sure that those assets didn't just sit there they had downhill canoe races in the spring. Perhaps it would be easier to build this expansion then insure a reinstatement of those races.

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