Ski industry consolidation continues with a shoutout to JoeH
The big gun was the fight over Deer Valley, which Vail won, but here in NM we're seeing similar movement. Taos was bought last year and the new owner is pumping money into it, though not to everyone's approval as he added a lift to the formerly walk-up 12,000 Kachina Peak. Now, the managing partner of Sipapu, perhaps the smallest area in the state, buys Durango and Flagstaff fresh after signing the operations contact for the ski area in Los Alamos. Common thread in the NM deals? Snow-making and lots of it. Both new owners committed to improving snow-making at their new areas.
Taos, btw, has free overnight camping. Santa Fe, too, but we're not a resort so it's just you and the stars. Pajarito (Los Alamos), as well, IIRC.
“Often bumpy roads lead to beautiful places. And this is a beautiful place.”
— Dave Martínez