Marsh Mt. LLC, one of the partners at Wisp, recently purchased Tory Mountain outside of Harman, West Virginia. Current plans include roadway/access improvement, further topographical studies and a select-cut timber harvest. Future plans for recreation at Tory Mountain are uncertain.
As a ski mountain, Tory has great potential. A group of investors attempted to develop the mountain as a ski resort in the 1980s and even went so far as to build a road to the base and cut several trails, but then ran out of money midway through the project.
DCSki interviewed Wisp CEO Karen Myers about the recreational possibilities for the mountain and her statement is that those prospects are “uncertain,” and subject to additional research.
Tory has northern exposure, a vertical greater than 1,000 feet, a base above 3,000 feet, and a summit that extends to 4,500 feet. With the high demand for ski real estate in West Virginia and the prospect of improved access as more sections of Corridor H get constructed, Tory Mountain could have many of the necessary ingredients to become a competitive ski destination in the region.
This is something I’m very interested in and I don’t know how else I would have heard about it.
While not as high as Porte Crayon, methinks it is a better solution for all parties (except maybe Bill Bright whom I am sure is not losing sleep over this) - hey the trails have been cut and a road laid down already so no weeping over the Yellowbelliedtittymousewarbler!
Tory mountain project has been dormant for 20 years, why all of a sudden it is back??
Can the area handle 2 resorts??
darn few of that crowd now or ever will use the Canaan area. Its track history for investment is too shaky. The pockets and politics of West Virginia and Maryland are vastly different. Public subsidy just won’t be there. I say bring it on! They’ll finish the road, take the timber, clean up the trails to attract suckers- lose their shirts and mothball it. In the interim I’ll be poaching it regularily.
It is all a wash.
Ah well, in a few years we will see what happens on Tory, if anything.
It is up to the local community to say how much is enough. I bet noone put a gun to the heads of Deep Creek locals to build the area up so much.
With so much of the valley protected by wilderness areas and Dolly Sods at the top of the ridge, CV is pretty well protected. It is up to the state, concerned citizens and environmental groups to impose some kind of limit to developing Tory Mountain and Almost Heaven.
Bring it on..!
I’ll admit, I’m one of those free-market capitalist guys, but every once in a while I like to venture off into the wilderness of West Virginia. The wilderness aspect is what draws a lot of people to West Virginia. Plus, nearby Spruce Knob is perhaps the best stargazing spot east of the Mississippi.
That won’t last if a resort gets built with all the lights that just can’t seem to be directed downward where they need to go. I hope they use either full cut-off lighting, or quite frankly, don’t build it. West Virginia already has Snowshoe, and that’s garish enough.
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