Do you guys think it could be a chicken or the egg kind of thing? Would good snowmaking (and marketing ) attract enough people to generate sustaining revenue? A place with terrain like that so close and state of the art snowmaking would be killer.
Our area can lay down FEET of snow overnight. When the temps really dip the snow quality is amazing, better than Mother Nature ever serves up around here.
Without a doubt better snowmaking and more of it would attract more skiers but at this point for the owners I think the money well is shallow. Blue Knob, like Laurel Mountain is on State Park land. We worked hard to motivate local politicians who in turn approached private investors who in concert lobbied state politicians to get $5.6 million into the capital projects budget to improve Laurel Mountain to make it a sustainable business. The Governor told the Mayor of Ligonier personally that the funding would be release pending a lease agreement with a proven resort operator and the DCNR (State Park administrators.).Buncher Company (Hidden Valley owners and major Pittsburgh real estate developers), who spear headed the drive walked away after almost a year of dickering with the DCNR. Seven Springs then stepped in and has been talking to the DCNR since last summer. Now we have a major recession and ballooning deficits so what chance is there for Laurel's funding despite Seven Springs willingness to manage the operations. Now, what chance do you see that the DCNR or anybody in government would fund that kind of improvement for Blue Knob?