Three Wisconsin Ski Areas Potentially Changing Ownership
Wisconsin's Little Switzerland. (Little Switzerland/Facebook)
There are some changes coming in ownership shifts of three Wisconsin ski areas. One is set and the other two are possibilities.
The owners of Little Switzerland and Nordic Mountain ski areas, the Schmitz Brothers LLC, have entered into a purchase agreement and long term lease with ROC Ventures to operate the ski hill at The Rock Sports Complex located near Milwaukee, according to a report in the Daily News.
They plan on having tubing, a terrain park and skiing and snowboarding for families this season, and also plan on offering a joint season pass between Little Switzerland and The Rock Snow Park at no extra cost.
Tyrol Basin, located near Mt. Horeb, has been for sale with a $3 million price tag for a couple of years, confirmed a spokesperson at the ski area recently, and apparently is closing in on an agreement with an unnamed party. The ski area plans on operating as usual this winter making improvements over the summer in anticipation of the coming season. Season passes are currently on sale.
The old Telemark Resort, near Cable, that legend Tony Wise founded in 1947 hasn’t been open for winter activities for a few decades, and the current owners decided last November to turn off the power on the historic resort. The good news is that, according to an AGP News Service report, new ownership through HK Hospitality Management is expected to take place sometime this fall. An agreement with many details already worked out was in process.
The article stated they are negotiating with the Telemark Golf Course and plans would include reopening the ski area, expanding winter sports and making it a year-round resort. This was where the first American Birkebeiner, today one of the largest cross country ski races in the world, was held in 1973. The American Birkebeiner Foundation now runs the race out of nearby Hayward, which attracts over 10,000 participants, holding the annual event in late February.