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Infrastructure upgrades improve business at Queensbury ski area

Mark Mulholland
Updated: November 19, 2019 06:34 PM
Created: November 19, 2019 05:48 PM

QUEENSBURY - West Mountain was on the verge of foreclosure just a few short years ago.

However, when the current owners stepped in in 2013, they had a multi-million dollar plan to improve the infrastructure -- snowmaking, chairlifts, trails, lights to attract more skiers and boarders.

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"I didn't want to reinvent West Mountain, I just wanted to reinvigorate it," said Spencer Montgomery, owner of the mountain. "Get skier visits up - which have gone from about 36,000 when we took over to 72,000 last year."

They've also added a new $1 million cafeteria, in the base of the main lodge.

The improvements, including adding off-season activities like their new aerial ropes courses, mountain-biking and even mountain-top weddings, have made West Mountain attractive to prospective developers.

"We're definitely getting looked at more frequently," Montgomery said Tuesday afternoon.

Whether West's future involves purchase by a major corporate ski company or it's done by local investors, the vision is to one day turn it into a ski-and-stay resort with ski-in, ski-out hotels and condos.

In the meantime, General Manager Sara Montgomery says they're happy continuing to grow its base of families, beginning skiers, and ski racers.

"Those are people that buy food and beverage and really like the experience that we're delivering here."

West says stay tuned for its opening date.


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