Mountain Masher, you've made many, MANY unfounded conjectures about your "favorite" resort and I've called you on it several times in the past.
Let's just take this current thread. First you say Blue Knob has "apparently" discontinued its mountain biking program (if an employee told you this, why did you say "apparently"?)
Then you conjecture that Blue Knob's management might not be "serious" about running ski operations.
Then you conjecture that Blue Knob's mountain biking program "didn't cost hardly anything to operate." Clearly you don't know how much it costs to operate. Neither do I. I don't have access to their balance sheet. But in reporting on the mid-Atlantic ski region for over a decade, and having many candid discussions (on the record and off) with the folks who actually *run* the resorts, I have an appreciation for the costs that are actually involved.
There are certain costs to running any business. You must pay staff salaries (whether or not many people show up on any given day to mountain bike), including support personnel (e.g., folks in accounting to cut the checks), and if you're running a lift, you have additional expenses of maintaining the lift throughout the summer. Liability and insurance costs are huge, especially when you have customers participating in a dangerous activity on your property (possibly on your rented bikes). Resorts don't like to talk about their insurance costs, but a big chunk of each lift ticket goes straight to that line item. Many resorts must stock, maintain, and rent a fleet of bike equipment. When less than a dozen people show up on a day to mountain bike (as was often the case at Whitetail, and I would assume, Blue Knob as well), paying a very small amount for a trail pass (less than $15? Less than $10?), it's awfully hard to make any kind of money. Consider ski operations. At most ski resorts, the highest profit margin items are food services and lodging; without that, it would be hard to turn a profit. Mountain biking draws far fewer visitors than skiing, so it's usually not cost effective to staff and run food operations, removing a traditional source of profit.
Then you conjecture that if Blue Knob is worried about the costs of running their mountain biking program, "then they are really short on cash!"
This really makes little sense. If Blue Knob is worried about the costs of running their mountain biking operation because they're unable to make a profit, then what are you suggesting? That they plow money into an unprofitable adventure, otherwise they're "short on cash"? Gosh, that's a great business model! (Wait a second, I guess that business model worked for awhile for all those dot-coms in the heady 90's.) On the other hand, if the venture has been profitable for them, it's unlikely they would have discontinued it. (Econ 101 and all.)
And one last unfounded conjecture. You started the thread by suggesting that Blue Knob discontinued its mountain bike program because they didn't "want to put some of the logging devastation on display."
So please don't express shock (shock!) of being accused of spreading unfounded conjecture. That's your favorite pasttime, and I think your passion for the subject sometimes blinds you. If you wish to discuss this further, please contact me via a private message, or reference our discussion from July 22, 2005.
P.S. I think jimmy might be on to something!