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Buck Hill in MN sold Oct 2015 by founders to long time GM and his business partners

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Buck Hill in MN was sold recently.  The founders were willing to make way for their long time GM and his business partners to do the upgrades needed to add summer attractions such as mountain biking.  The partners are also local.

 

http://www.startribune.com/buck-hill-s-founding-family-sells-landmark-ski-facility/333203571/

 

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Buck Hill, a Twin Cities landmark for six decades that was the training ground for Lindsey Vonn, Kristina Koznick and other Olympians, has been sold by its founding family to a group of local investors that include its longtime manager.

The sale, terms of which were not disclosed, was announced Thursday by owner Nancy Stone and her family, along with the new owners Don McClure, who has managed it for four decades, and investors David and Corrine Solner.

“We were never looking for a buyer, but when we saw an opportunity to carry on our legacy and enhance it with David’s vision and Don’s experience, we decided it was time,” the Stone family said in a statement.

The Solners and McClure said they plan to turn the ski area in Burnsville into “a year-round, world-class sport training facility combined with a sustainable, community-based entertainment destination.”

David Solner is a former partner at the architecture firm Cuningham Group, the Minneapolis architecture firm that has been involved in designing facilities for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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From the ongoing MN thread . . .

 

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Originally Posted by BaconMeCrazy View Post
 

Buck Hill was sold? 

 

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_28976590/buck-hill-sold-and-owners-plan-big-changes

 

BURNSVILLE

Buck Hill Ski Area has been sold, and the new owners say they intend to make the Burnsville ski hill more of a year-round destination.

The ski hill was founded by Chuck and Nancy Stone in 1954 and they've run it ever since. The Stones announced Thursday they are selling it to their longtime general manager Don McClure and his new business partners David and Corrine "Chip" Solner.

David Solner, who has more than 20 years experience in architecture specializing in entertainment facilities, said they plan to build on the legacy built by the Stones and expand on Buck Hill's summer opportunities.

"We ultimately want to create a year-round entertainment destination that focuses on winter and summer sports," Solner said.

One of the first goals will be to open the hill to more mountain biking during the summer.

Over the next four to six years the new owners plan to upgrade the current amenities, including adding an indoor training facility where skiers and snowboarders can practice jumps and tricks using large trampolines and foam pits.

They're also looking into new "dry slope" products that would make it possible to ski and snowboard on the hill right through the summer.

"There's nothing like that in the upper Midwest," Solner said.

The Stones said they were not looking for a buyer but decided it was a good time to sell when they were approached by McClure and the Solners.

"It is important for us that Buck Hill grows into the future, and we believe the new team has the knowledge and wherewithal to do so," the Stones said in their sale announcement.

-- Jaime DeLage

 
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