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Balsams Grand Resort teams up with ski industry legend Les Otten

moguler6

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This is a fake article, right? :lol:

Quadrupling the size?! That's ambitious to say the least. Otten may have made Sunday River the mega-mountain it is now, but could a project like that get done today? With all the economic and environmental concerns? Not likely.

I'd be surprised if he even get's the existing area back open.

Quadrupling 87 acres probably wouldn't be hard. Expand the ski area boundary and call everything glades. Sugarloaf added 650 acres without even adding a lift.
 

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Uh, the size of Killington?


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This is Les Otten you know. Hyperbole is his thing. Remember how he defined things a certain way...

While Outer Limits was recognized as the "Longest, steepest, bump run in the east," Otten figured out that if he removed the commas then White Heat was the winner...or something like that.
 

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I remember reading he was trying to get sr back and this is a fall back position. He claimed he has "unfinished" business to do in sr
 

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I remember reading he was trying to get sr back and this is a fall back position. He claimed he has "unfinished" business to do in sr

He made a run to buy Sugarloaf and Sunday River in 2007 when ASC collapsed but he could not get the money to do it (surprise, surprise). So he will have to live with having his restaurant overlooking Sunday River (The Phoenix, assuming that he still owns it).

Sunday River was his baby.
 

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My ideas.
Purple: Gondola
Red: HS Quad
Blue: Fixed Quad
Green: Triple

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Seems like a lot of mellow terrain on these peaks. Hard to create good continuous vertical
 

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Seems like a lot of mellow terrain on these peaks. Hard to create good continuous vertical

Seems reminiscent of another resort:

 

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You know, Bretton Woods and Sunday River do quite well, and they aren't exactly known for continuous steeps. You don't need them to be successful. Ultimately, what everyone wants is successful ski areas. Steeps, varied terrain, lifts, etc... are part of the equation, but ultimately, success is the primary factor.
 

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I agree in the sense that I look for fun factor/challenge balance within my limits (of course pushing the limits safely at the same time). Even though sr has less continuous steeps it can be very challenging for me at least because it has all these funny concave, convex surfaces. Throw in patches of ice and it is a $##! OTH I fin at SL the steeps are steep but flat and more predictable. Anyway no matter the fun factor increases with more natural snow no matter what
 

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This is a very interesting quote from the article:

He added that the new resort would appeal to "Gen Xers" whom he called the economic drivers at resorts for the next 25 years and who enjoyed a variety of activities, including motorized sports such as snowmobiling and riding ATVs.


Given the existing trail networks in the area, that makes a lot of sense.
 

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They're out of their minds. 4 hours from Boston and 7 from NYC and 1,000 vertical. Who is going to finance that?
 
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