that sucks really. i know how lucky i am to live beside such a great mountain (although the park isnt AAA). driving somewhere else is just not the same.
Swain is located on Cty. Rte. 24 in Swain, NY 14884. near Rodchester, NY
'Priced Below Replacement Cost'
I'm really sorry bro come to Bristol and get on that park crew and make it a better place thats something ya know? But i only made it to swain once this year and the park was looking legit, bigger than bristol. Really sorry to hear this I don't know what i would do if my resort shut down. +vibes
Swain Resort has been saved.
According to a press release by Carr Marketing Communications, the operators of Ski Denton in Coudersport, Pa., have reached a lease agreement with the intent to buy Swain Resort.
The release states that under terms of the agreement, Ski Denton owners Scott and Jodi Carts and Shawn and Celeste Schoonover will continue ski operations at Swain Resort with the intention of completing the purchase of the resort in the near future and transforming it into a four-season family destination.
“It basically buys them a couple of months to a season or two so they can get the financing to make the purchase,” said Eric Stearns, general manager of Swain Resort, Tuesday morning.
“They are bringing back most of the employees, if not everybody ... this is a good group,” he said.
Specific details about the deal were not disclosed.
Stearns said the Ski Denton group does not plan on changing Swain’s name. Season passes already purchased and any prior school ski club contracts will be honored.
“The Ski Denton partners are a young, industrious, and capable group of experienced ski center owner-operators,” current owner Philip Saunders said in a prepared statement.
“However, this will only be a success with the support and backing of government at the local, county, and state level. Swain is an asset to the region and the lease plan is a short-term one. To finalize the purchase and survive in the long run the various government entities need to team up and step forward with needed financial backing and tax incentives to make this work.
“The New York State Empire Development Zone program has been very helpful in securing needed tax incentives over the past 10 years. This combined with over $4 million in infrastructure investments over the past decade has set up the new operators for success provided continued community and government support.”
Saunders and co-owner David Flaum announced that due to declining profit they would be selling the resort in April. Liquidation of the facility’s assets was scheduled for Aug. 15 if a deal could not be reached by then.
“We at Ski Denton are very pleased with this agreement and are eager to help play an important role in keeping the Allegany County economy viable. This agreement makes great business sense and we cannot wait to get to work with the staff to grow and improve Swain. We are all very excited about the possibilities that will come along with operating both Swain Resort and Ski Denton and we look forward to getting involved with the strong and loyal Swain skiing community,” said Scott Carts in the release.
“This announcement is nothing short of excitement for the Town of Grove ... everyone is excited about the fact that the ski center is going to see operation and will have new owners. They’ve got fresh ideas about using it and we’re all for it,” said Mike Johnsen, Grove town supervisor, Tuesday night.
Johnsen said this news was coupled with some other good developments for his area.
“We have been working on high speed Internet and cell phone coverage for years and I just received word from Southern Tier West that they’ve received $600,000 in funding from a state grant to to provide wireless high speed Internet access in Grove,” he said, adding, “It will take months, not weeks, but I’d like to shoot for this ski season.”
Johnsen said he has also contacted Congressman Eric Massa about aiding Grove in attaining cell phone coverage from Verizon.
“He has been very receptive and I am hopeful that something will get done soon,” said Johnsen.
“Between the high speed Internet news, hopes for cell phone coverage and the new operator of Swain it has been a positive day for Grove,” said Johnsen.
The Allegany County Industrial Development Agency has played some role in the deal, but details about its exact involvement are not clear at this point.
“Appropriate steps to ensuring the long-term viability of Swain,” said John Foels, IDA development director.
The new operators plan to make a variety of announcements in the coming months regarding plans to transform Swain into a year-round destination, including hosting additional festivals throughout the summer and fall season along with increasing the wedding and conference business, according to the release.
A press conference with new operators and other officials will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Swain has been business for 62 years and has 102 acres of ski and snowboard trails.
Ski Denton is located about 65 miles south of Swain.
I am so happy that Swain has been purchased and will remain open. Thats great news and i hope that the mountain can really expand and suceed. Growing up skiing at Bristol from when i was a wee lil boy i know what it is like making a small mouintain your home. If it wasn't for Bristol my life would be very different and i would probably hate winter *gasp*