State of Pennsylvania Seeking Ownership Partner to Reopen Denton Hill

State of Pennsylvania Seeking Ownership Partner to Reopen Denton Hill

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State of Pennsylvania Seeking Ownership Partner to Reopen Denton Hill

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Looking to buy a Northeast ski hill? The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources(DCNR) in Pennsylvania is working to reopen Ski Denton which last operated in 2014. The Denton Hill State Park is currently seeking proposal bids to operate the four-season resort until July 9th. The Bradford Sun reports that this past Thursday, Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources extended the original deadline from June 9th to July 9th. The Pennsylvania DCNR will begin reviewing proposals on July 14th. Interested parties that submit proposals are expected to tour the property to make sure it is a proper fit for their and the state’s goals. The new owners will implement the state’s master plan, which you can view here. The DCNR will contribute $10 million dollars to make the various proposed projects happen.

The master plans for the property include upgrades to the facilities and the hill to make it a multi-season destination. On the ski hill, a new summit quad chairlift, tubing lift, surface lift, and beginner lift are planned to help replace their old lift network. The Adventure Center/Base Lodge will undergo a complete renovation to modernize the facility, night skiing will cover the entire mountain, the maintenance/patrol building and sewage treatment facility will be upgraded in their current spaces, and a new snowmaking network will give the mountain full coverage. An aerial adventure park will also be built for summer operations, along with maintaining and clearing trails for mountain biking and hiking.

Denton Hill State Park is a seven hundred acre property that opened its ski area, Ski Denton, in the early 1950s and was geared mostly towards beginner and intermediate skiers. One trail though, Avalanche, featured some of the steepest skiing in the state. The mountain has twenty-two runs, night skiing, cross country trails, and an area for snow tubing. The mountain closed in late 2014 due to a ski concession contract termination by the state.  One of the reasons the area fell on hard times was due to its location, as it is very far away from the many metro centers of New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The site has sat abandoned for nearly seven years but has been well maintained. That may soon change. A great video of the property is below…

Image Sources: Skimap.org, DCNR

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