I'm up here at Sugarloaf ski area in Maine. Never been here I do not even know the name of the town I'm in. Guess my plan is to write about my impressions. Ill start by saying it's clear the ski industry is changing. In my day there were still local rope toes and anyone could learn and enjoy this sport.
Not anymore. It's like politics now, it's all money,power and strategy that leads to the deal. From what I'm reading state owned ski areas like Cannon and Sunapee are doing basically the same things that the private operators are doing. It's happening. Good or bad it's happening. The passed Senate Bill 30 will create an expanisive ski area in NH with risk to the taxpayer. There can be no doubt that the Balsams will be expensive certainly not the free ropetow where I learned how to ski.
Sugarloaf is really nice. It's the closest ski area to Colorado I've ever seen in the east. Picture a Steamboat or an Aspen without the village and you're here. I'm in the main base lodge I don't see a lot of condos here but they are here.
So NH is now "deciding" the Sunapee lease. I'm really wondering with this state property just how far it will go. Either similar to Senate Bill 30 or a rope tow where anybody can learn.
It won't be the later.