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New Concept, A Ski Resort owned by skiers, for skiers!!! How Epic is that?

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 Sign up and get involved at http://www.shamesmtncoop.com/
post #2 of 17
It could be worth the $500 just to get front row seats at the cat fights that will ensue. 
post #3 of 17
Sounds like how Mad River Glen is organized.
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Yellowstone Redux

post #5 of 17
Not new. Mad River Glen has been a co-op since 1995.
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Holimont in WNY is owned by the member/skiers who own vacation homes and ski there. It's been like that ever since i can remember. So, it's not a new concept. The members have opened it's slopes weekdays for outside skiers to visit but remains private on weekends unless you have a connection.
post #7 of 17
There's a lot of private ski hills in Ontario, owned by members, but I think the membership fees are quite a bit higher, and the new member entry fee WAY HIGHER!
post #8 of 17
 I was going to come here to say that is how Holimont is, how MRG got its start, as well at Otsego Club in Michigan.
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Initially Windham Mountain was a private member only mountain on weekends.  Midweek non-holiday Windham was opened to the public.  With members only weekends and holidays the place was never crowded with short lift lines. Extremely expensive for the members but never crowded.   This was not profitable  and now Windham is owned by a corporation and opened to the public 7 days a week.

Time will tell if Magic is able to make it as a co-op.    I hope they do.

My concern is closing mountains to the general public and requiring expensive membership fees for the privilege of being allowed to ski there.
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My concern is closing mountains to the general public and requiring expensive membership fees for the privilege of being allowed to ski there.
 

If the mountain wasn't viable as a public mountain, it doesn't really matter though, it would have been lost anyway.
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
Don't worry, the idea is to have the ski resort owned by skiers, for skiers. Not corporate yahoos, everyone has a voice and equal say.
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Initially Windham Mountain was a private member only mountain on weekends.  Midweek non-holiday Windham was opened to the public.  With members only weekends and holidays the place was never crowded with short lift lines. Extremely expensive for the members but never crowded.   This was not profitable  and now Windham is owned by a corporation and opened to the public 7 days a week.

Time will tell if Magic is able to make it as a co-op.    I hope they do.

My concern is closing mountains to the general public and requiring expensive membership fees for the privilege of being allowed to ski there.
 
post #12 of 17
Yup, there's a big difference between a mountain operating as a co-op and operating as a private club. MRG is a co-op, but I ski there plenty without a co-op share (although I'd consider it strongly if I weren't in the industry).
post #13 of 17
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 The idea would be to offer discounted lift tix to shareholders, but the area is open to everyone. Shames Mtn Co-Op, exclusively soul!
post #14 of 17
As already noted, it's hardly a novel idea. Crystal Mountain WA was organized that way from 1962 to 1997.

The biggest problem is raising capital for improvements.
post #15 of 17
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I predict we raise way more than the asking price!
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As already noted, it's hardly a novel idea. Crystal Mountain WA was organized that way from 1962 to 1997.

The biggest problem is raising capital for improvements.
post #16 of 17
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 An update to let everyone know we had our first steering committee meeting last week. You can go to the message board, sign up for a free account and download the minutes.
post #17 of 17
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 Just an update to let everyone know the process is evolving on the local level. There will be a town hall meeting in Terrace on October 24 to discuss the concept further.
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