The future appears to be three large West of the Allegheny Front resorts (Snowshoe, Wisp, 7 Springs), and maybe a few other remoras swimming with the sharks (CV, WG, Timberline, and maybe Hidden Valley). I don't see where the skiers will come from to support another large development like Almost Heaven, but I hope I am wrong.
If Snowshoe did "300,000 to 400,000" last year, 7 Springs, about 450,000, and now Wisp wants 200,000+++, where will the skiers come from? Wisp can only build its numbers by poaching skiers from the other resorts--especially given that snowsports is on the decline nationwide:
the number of American skiers over all has been declining - from 6.7 million in 2003, to 5.9 million in 2004