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Labor Shortage, Impacts of Covid Force Closure of New York's Toggenburg Mountain

Toggenburg-Mountain Skiers take the lift to the top of Toggenburg Mountain on March 15, 2017.Michael Greenlar | syracuse.com

The ongoing labor shortage continues to impact the mountain resort industry, with short-staffed restaurants, summer attractions, and a shortage of available lodging. And now, a ski area that has operated for more than 70 years has announced that it will close due to a lack of employees.

Toggenburg Mountain ski resort in New York was recently purchased by the owner of Song and Labrador mountains and the new owner plans to close the area outside of Syracuse.

“Unfortunately, it’s a very hard decision, but there are a number of reasons,” Peter Harris, president of Intermountain Management (also known as SkiCNY.com), owner and operator of Song Mountain in Tully and Labrador Mountain in Truxton, old Syracuse.com Tuesday. Toggenburg will not reopen this winter and that its operations will be absorbed by those of Song and Labrador.

Among the reasons is the labor shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic and a lack of business to support three ski resorts within a 12-mile radius.

Toggenburg has been part of the Central New York ski scene since 1953. By closing it, Harris said he will be able to make investments in infrastructure and equipment at Song and Labrador that will improve the overall experience for skiers and snowboarders.

“I really think this is going to be best for Central New York skiers,” he said.

Harris acquired Toggenburg from Togg Holdings LLC and its sole members, John and Christine Meier, for an undisclosed price on Tuesday.

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