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Blackjack To Acquire Indianhead; Deal Pending In Michigan’s UP

Indianhead looking at Blackjack

Blackjack LLC, owner of Blackjack Ski Resort, has executed an agreement to acquire next door neighbor Indianhead Mountain Resort, and the deal is expected to be consummated by the end of the month. 


“It’s 99.9 percent sure that the deal will go through. It’s exciting news for both resorts, the employees and Big Snow Country,” Indianhead Vice President Dave Nyquist told SnoCountry.com. “When you look at the two resorts, which are basically a lift ride apart, you can see the potential. We’ll be running a shuttle between the two resorts this coming season and have some kind of combined lift ticket. Plans are yet to be worked out for all that, but we’re excited to get started.”


The two resorts will offer over 350 acres of skiing and riding on 54 runs. They normally receive around 12 feet of snow per season. Indianhead has a 638 vertical and Blackjack over 450 feet. It will be a big boost for Great Lakes snowsports enthusiasts. Plans call for eventually tying the two resorts together with a chairlift, according to Nyquist.


“When you are at the bottom of our Bear Creek area you aren’t very far from Blackjack. We’ve looked at that and dreamed about tying them together for years. It’s an exciting time for us,” he told us. “It will really boost our presence among Midwest skiers and riders.”


At this point it looks like the longtime Indianhead management team will head up the new organization. Barry Bolich, executive VP and GM at Indianhead, will manage both ski resorts.


The purchase price and terms are not being disclosed at this time. More details will be available after the closing.  


It is good news for upper Great Lakes skiers. Combining both resorts, especially considering how close they are. It puts them on the map with the mega resorts that exist in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, central Wisconsin and the Arrowhead of Minnesota. They already had snow and location. Their vertical drop is among the largest in the Heartland. Look for other major changes down the road. The new owner, Art Dumke, is a developer from Oshkosh, Wisc., and has an eye to the future. 


A few years ago Indianhead made a pass at Big Powderhorn Ski Resort, another Big Snow Country resort that is a few miles from Indianhead. That deal fell through, but the new merger makes a lot more sense because of location, location.  


Photo: The view from Indianhead to Blackjack slopes (Indianhead)


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