this is the only blurb I could find about it:
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Cherokee... College Mountain... Tory Mountain... and does anyone remember Ski Snowpeak in the late 80s? They were open for three seasons. They were going to have almost a 1400 foot vertical about 40 minutes north of Harrisburg, but they went belly up before they got the upper half built. And this is 1400 continuous vertical feet-- not two trails down the back side like certain other local destination resorts. This should link to a satellite image of Snowpeak: http://terraserver-usa.com/image.aspx?t=1&s=13&x=193&y=2805&z=18&w=1
[This message has been edited by Roger Z (edited 01-29-2004).]
There's plenty of areas north and northwest of Harrisburg along the Juniata and Susquehanna rivers that could easily get up to 1500' vertical, problem is these areas aren't easily accessed and are east of the Allegheny front (Only 45-50" of snow in the winter). The elevations on the ridgetops are generally 1800-2100', doesn't seem like much but it's far enough north that that equals the 4000' in WV. Problem is, again, east of the Allegheny front.
PS Andy you are right about PA, but College Mtn was to be in MD, not PA. But I will throw in a plug for you, bring on Almost Heaven!
The town of Emmitsburg for years was (and in some part, still is) staunchly opposed to growth. On top of that, the college of Mount Saint Mary was also opposed to a ski resort on the other side of the same mountain they are on. The Mount has some pretty powerful political figures as alumni & were successful in tying the whole process in red-tape.
The guy your talking about, who bought the land & wanted to develop it is the same guy who owns Roundtop, Liberty, Windham & now Whitetail. He is extremely intelligent. There is a rumour that he even offered to completely re-build Emmitsburg ancient & (in my opinion from living there) inadequate water treatment facility. But the town & the college wouldn't budge.
Whitetail has since opened (which he recently purchased) & in my opinion, Ski College Mountain has been dropped for lack of skier base. I don't think the DC/Baltimore area can support 4 ski areas. (if you don't include canaan, showshoe, etc).
It was pretty interesting living in E-burg during those times & hearing the backwards thinking most of the residents were saying.
Like I said - this is all my opinion of what happened & most of what I said is all hear-say from what I heard while living there.
Dan that map you showed of the 2100 foot peaks has caught my interest. You're right that they could draw a lot of water off the river, and since 100% of it would run back into the river in the spring there are no long-term consequences to doing this (an adequate gray water treatment facility near the base would cover environmental concerns). Plus the map you showed the mountain was a little further from the river and you could build a base a shade higher and still get a 1500 foot vertical.
The capital would be huge to build this though and it would need an immediate skier base. The reason is snowmaking capacity; it'd have to be big to sustain a decent sized resort (one with more than 100 acres of terrain). High up front costs = higher probability of bankruptcy.
On the other hand, if the towns up there are growth friendly, you'd have a helluva lot less fight on your hands than trying to build on MPC, which promises to be the clash of the century. Newsflash folks: business hasn't been winning a lot of environmentally-sensitive clashes lately. I wouldn't put any money down on Bill Bright doing any better. If he wants to concentrate on Tory or something else, fine.
The coal industry has been allowed for years to eliminate mountains in southern wv, perform illegal valley fills, and this still continues today!
I don't think you will see much opposition to MPC if (and when) it gets built. There will be resistance from those in the area, but the powers that be in WV gov't will pump this idea as huge economic growth (and tax revenue) for the state.
A state such as ours must have jobs -- and jobs in WV are few and far between. A new resort would be a great economic boom for that part of the state -- and also would be absolutely wonderful for those of us that love to ski.
That mountain (Tuscorara mountain) has some pretty amazing potential. Move up down the montain a little on topozone and check out some of the nice bowls on the NW face of the mountain.
Now, as for emotion for an issue that doesn't exist, back to Snow Peak! Dan Tuscarora is the same ridge that Snowpeak was on, just further to the east northeast. There are indeed some very nice pitches and angles according to that topo map you posted. I wonder if anyone has been looking at resort potentials up that way. I doubt it.
In general, DCSki is only able to cover the larger resorts -- ones with a vertical greater than 500 feet. There are some tiny resorts in the Mid-Atlantic (even some in Ohio!) but they usually cater to a very localized clientiele. The only resort I can think of offhand that we profile that has a vertical less than 500 feet is Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin, and that was a tough decision to make. In the end, I felt Nemacolin provided such a wide range of winter activities that it made it an appealing winter resort destination, and a place where non-locals might want to go for a quieter or beginner-focused experience.
I don't rule out coverage for any resort in the region, though, and rely on resorts to forward me press releases and press kits. As an example, Tussy Mountain has never sent a press release to DCSki, and I've never had a reader ask that DCSki cover them. I have nothing against smaller resorts, but with the limited time I have, I try to cover as many of the popular ones as I can. DCSki has continued to add resorts over the years, and the yardstick I normally use is "would someone living in D.C. want to drive to visit this ski area?" But I do also have to remind myself that DCSki readers come from all over.