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    Quote Originally Posted by eastern powder baby View Post
    This might have been brought up before, but to what extent do would one speculate that these guys would go after the Quebec market?
    There is no speculation about it. They would have to court the Quebec market. IMHO, the biggest competition is Tremblant. Jay Peak is, and always will be, a different experience. Tremblant has a more gentrified presence. It's the place to "be seen" for well to do Montrealers. Fortunately for the Balsams, Tremblant is on the other side of Montreal. Those who live to the east and south may be tempted to go to the Balsams instead.


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    Not for nothing but there is already a slew of Grand Hotels located in & around the Quebec City area.

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    That is definitely true, but for some reason the Eastern Townships is lacking in that department. You have a couple of fantastic inns (Ripplecove, Manoir Hovey), but not grand hotels in the historical sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTKilarney View Post
    There is no speculation about it. They would have to court the Quebec market. IMHO, the biggest competition is Tremblant. Jay Peak is, and always will be, a different experience. Tremblant has a more gentrified presence. It's the place to "be seen" for well to do Montrealers. Fortunately for the Balsams, Tremblant is on the other side of Montreal. Those who live to the east and south may be tempted to go to the Balsams instead.
    Lake Placid/Whiteface (2hrs from Montreal) and Gore say hello. You are asking Montrealers to drive past the Eastern Townships, Jay, Burke, Smuggs, Stowe, Sugarbush/MRG and the 2 NYS areas to drive to this place for some little mountain skiing?

    The other reality is northern NH no longer has cache. Bigwigs will continue to get on their jets and go to Jackson Hole or Sun Valley and not even think about NH.

    This is similar to what is going on in Tupper Lake, NY.

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    Again guys, the ski area is not everything about this resort. Its just one aspect of several.

    Opposed to Whiteface, Gore, Jay, Smuggs, et al where the primary focus is on skiing.

    Key difference.
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    Exactly. This is about building a resort - not just a ski area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post
    Again guys, the ski area is not everything about this resort. Its just one aspect of several.

    Opposed to Whiteface, Gore, Jay, Smuggs, et al where the primary focus is on skiing.

    Key difference.
    Lake Placid/WF has more visitors during the summer vs the winter. Trying to recapture some magic from the rail era will be mighty difficult in the era of cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x10003q View Post
    Lake Placid/WF has more visitors during the summer vs the winter. Trying to recapture some magic from the rail era will be mighty difficult in the era of cars.
    Same with Cannon/Franconia Notch State park.Totally agree with your last sentance also and apparently so do most investors which is why its still having trouble figuring out whats next.
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    Just got out of a meeting discussing electricity demand for their plans. I work for the utility that distributes power there. They have significant snow making plans and they talked about the goal of becoming one of the largest if not the largest ski area in New England. The catch is the variance they are trying to get regarding the Wind Turbines which they have already applied for. If they get the variance then they plan on going for it. It is definitely and longer term plan. BTW, they plan on laying about 8 miles of snowmaking.

    So.... I know this area is not all about the ski area but it is surely front and center.
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  10. #100
    Alright, joking over. Otten is crazy if he thinks he can build a SR-type mega-resort in this day and age. Who's funding this?!? Jay can't get anything built with EB-5. No other resorts are doing anything this summer. Demand is dying, as with every sport besides golf, tennis, and golf cart racing for the baby boomers. And I'm amazed the environmentalists haven't shot this down yet.

    I don't see this happening. Nearly impossible. Call me negative if you want, but you're lying to yourself if you truly think this will fully work out.

    I believe opening the original resort is definitely plausible.
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