Michael here: as I look out my window halfway up the mountain I am a little more optimistic than the morning note on the ski center website: it’s looking pretty good for skiing this weekend, though perhaps not enough to set track and cover all rocks. Tom and Bob are planning to roll the trails later today, and only then will we know how the snow holds up to its job of keeping skiers off the ground and moving. We also may get a few more lake effect flurries a the very, very cold front enters. So if our wishes come through, dress very warm!
Nice write-up in Susquehanna Life Magazine! Full article here: http://www.susquehannalife.com/2015/11/20/93462/new-life-for-a-nonprofit
Crystal Lake Ski Center is situated on 960 acres, featuring 25 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails with set tracks, and five miles of snowshoeing trails created over glacial moraines. No, the ski center is not in Colorado; it’s located in Hughesville, Pa.
In operation since the 1970s, Crystal Lake Ski Center recently was purchased by Crystal Lake Camps, a non-profit 501(c)(3). After one year under new ownership, the ski center’s popularity is on the rise, according to Crystal Lake Camps executive director Nathan Bowen, who has lived on the property since 2008. But its future was not always certain.
Bowen has seen positive results. “I certainly saw what felt to me like an increase in traffic,” he said. “Even the energy around [the ski center] is different.”
His goal is to make Crystal Lake Ski Center financially sustainable before considering expansion. In the first year after the purchase, he witnessed countless efficiencies and is now confident that the best course of action was taken.
“It’s clear that the ski center should stay around for a long time,” he said. “Having it used by the community is hugely important to me, and I’m really glad we did it.”