Thanks for the link. I've spent more time on the mountain hiking and x-c trail maintenance. This is the first I heard any news. Still it is news and that is encouraging.
As for the Wisp/Valley agreement, any marketing agreement to keep cost low or provide consumer incentive to keep ski dollars in this region is a good idea. I think Buncher pursued Laurel Mountain thinking the same line as Julie Donovan, "...would make us a powerhouse ski destination."
I said it before, a regional based marketing effort is a way to build skier visits. Come to the Valley, drink from our Springs, play on our Mountain, Visit the Laurel Highlands for all your outdoor needs