1. SPECIAL NOTE TO NEW REGISTRATIONS

    If you recently registered and have not received a confirmation email - please check your 'Spam or Junk' folders. Especially if your email is Hotmail. More help with confirmation issues

    NOTE: This notice may be closed.

    Dismiss Notice
  2. There's more to this forum than meets the eye!

    We have a vibrant community here conversing about all sorts of non-snow topics such as music, sport, politics and technology. Simply register to reveal all our Après topics or continue browsing and reading as a guest.

    NOTE: This notice may be closed.

    Dismiss Notice

Ben Lomond Ski Lift Company for sale

Discussion in 'Ben Lomond' started by shabu_shabu, Jul 28, 2019.

  1. shabu_shabu

    shabu_shabu One of Us

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2013
    Messages:
    413
    Likes Received:
    568
    https://www.castran.com.au/property-details/1-Ben-Lomond-Road-Ben-Lomond/813467

    "7 lifts to be sold as a going concern. Fully compliant and ready to go. This extremely rare opportunity to capture the booming Tasmanian tourist market. Winter and summer tourism icon - Ben Lomond is position perfect and spectacular in every sense.

    Offers over $1.75m will be considered."


    Although at the moment there are only 6 lifts working. From their website:

    "Village Poma: CLOSED 2019 SEASON due to late arrival of cable, May not February & inappropriate installation conditions on numerous attempts."
     
    Bogong likes this.
  2. Jellybeans

    Jellybeans Walking on a cloud Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2015
    Messages:
    8,434
    Likes Received:
    10,084
    Location:
    Box Hill, Vic.
    Wasn’t the Corin/Mt Buffalo Lift guy going to buy it?
     
    Bogong likes this.
  3. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    Messages:
    11,812
    Likes Received:
    2,072
    Location:
    The pointy end, fully reclined
    That was sort of inevitable after Eryl's passing, the pub burning and the other businesses on the mountain not having sufficient capital to bring the whole mountain under one owner and invest much needed capital in things like snow making, better electricity, etc.

    If those things were done, the resort could be a viable integrated beginner and intermediate level ski resort with potential for summer tourism (provided the usually obstructive PWS allows them to build a few walking tracks). However the whole resort is above the treeline and from personal experience I can attest that when there is a gale blowing, there is no shelter for skiers except heading indoors.

    It's interesting that they listed it with Castran, a mainland ski area real estate agent rather than with a business broker. But I guess Ben Lomond would appeal more to Castran's market than clients of traditional business sales people.
     
  4. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 1998
    Messages:
    21,136
    Likes Received:
    11,183
    Location:
    Middle Oz
  5. PK Sawd

    PK Sawd Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 7, 2001
    Messages:
    12,108
    Likes Received:
    7,679
    Location:
    Hobart, TAS, Australia
    Not real good and I doubt I'd be investing in it even if it was nice and fat. I have to admit I haven't a great desire to even go there myself so I can't imagine wanting to invest in it. I'd rather get up and down on my own steam. How things change hey? I spent dosh skiing shit, icy runs in the Lecht and Cairngorm a couple of decades ago and didn't think twice about it!

    Seriously though, is the suggestion that Ben Lomond could tap into the booming tourism market even vaguely likely? Bogong's suggestion of investing in good walking tracks has merit but I can't see that tourists would be flocking there for the skiing. You might organise something like the Wintergreen bus tours that shuttle loads of visitors from the Asia region for a day taster to the snow I suppose. Certainly there is a much bigger market from those regions due to the increase in enrolment in Tertiary education. Ultimately I'm guessing the climate is just too marginal for reliable sliding even with snow making investment.
     
    skifree likes this.
  6. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2014
    Messages:
    3,000
    Likes Received:
    7,333
    Location:
    Canberra
    My first ever skiing experience was many years ago at Ben Lomond. I nearly froze to death and have vivid memories of THAT access road (Jacob’s Ladder?). It was almost another 30 years before I donned a set of skis again :p Having said that, $1.75 million seems like a steal!
     
    Bogong likes this.
  7. RARRRRRRR

    RARRRRRRR Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2008
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Hobart
    Ben actually has good mtb potential but then you would have to deal with parks so I don't see that happening.
     
    Bogong likes this.
  8. brycedh

    brycedh First Runs

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2019
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    5
    Best case scenario is that snow sports buys it so it can all be under one operator, i find the two separate business' up there hurts ben lomond. Really excited for things to come as i've now got a member share in a lodge up there this year!
     
    nezumi, PK Sawd and Bogong like this.
  9. SirWinston

    SirWinston Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2006
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Launceston
    $1.75M for old infrastructure, a limited water supply for snowmaking, and marginal snow at best? There’s no proper pub, a burnt down public shelter, and an intimidating access road? Wages are stagnant at best, and disposable incomes are decreasing, especially for the younger demographic that might otherwise become regulars. The only real way the mountain could become viable is if the government invested in it, particularly with regard to power infrastructure. $1.75M, that’s a lot of money to find for a business that might only operate four weeks a year. That cost would be ultimately passed on as an increase to lift ticket prices, which would reduce the number of people paying to use them. If a not-for-profit operated it, backed by support from the government for income shortfalls and infrastructure, a reduction in lift ticket prices might help increase the number of people utilizing the mountain throughout a season. But people have been trying to swing the “Ben Lomond investment = better utilization, plus a better drawcard for tourists” argument for decades. It’s unfortunate, but as it stands I can’t see anybody paying anywhere near this kind of money for it.
     
    Undies and PK Sawd like this.