“The Wilson family and the Beall family are deeply committed to working with the same great team of current owners and senior leaders to make Windham Mountain a category-leader in the East over the next five years.” –Webb Wilson, CEO of Kemmons Wilson Companies.
A new era at Windham Mountain in New York has commenced. Yesterday, the ski resort announced that Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners (KWHP) are the new majority owners of the ski resort, which is run by the Beall and Kemmons Wilson families. The ultimate goal of these new owners is to enhance the skiing experience and grow the offseason offering in order to make Windham Mountain a four-season destination resort.
Their planned investments include “best-in-class skiing with minimal lift lines; great food and beverage programs with the redevelopment of all current outlets and the addition of a mid-mountain, Italian Alps-style concept debuting fall 2023; creation of additional townhomes and lots for land development; enhanced membership offerings for the existing Members Club; expanding and reinvigorating the existing Golf Course; and thoughtful amenities, including swimming, racket sports, family activities, and expansive outdoor all-season adventure activities.”
“Windham Mountain has remained an independent, multi-generational destination for over six decades and the natural beauty of the town of Windham and surrounding mountains provides a fitting platform to offer great hospitality and memorable experiences, which is our passion,” said Sandy Beall, who is the Founder of Beall Investment Partners. “We are grateful to help support Windham Mountain’s evolution and the integral role it plays in the town and broader Catskills community.”
“I am proud of the significant progress the Windham team has made during my 12-year tenure,” said Chip Seamans, who is the President of Windham Mountain. “Our new partners are additive: their extensive hospitality experience will further enhance what has set Windham Mountain apart in the Northeast for generations. We look forward to providing an ever-better experience to our loyal guests, attracting new visitors, and expanding our season to feature a distinctive, year-round Windham experience. New amenities and enhanced food and beverage operations will continue our pursuit to create the quintessential Catskills experience.”
Windham Mountain has been busy with many major capital improvement projects over the past couple of years. Last season, they replaced the Whitteway Triple with a high-speed quad, added a magic carpet, and spent a significant amount of money on automated snowmaking technology. Before the 2021-2022 season, they renovated their children’s ski and ride facilities.
They also bought 450 acres of adjacent land on the East side of the mountain last year. It sounds like they’re holding off on a terrain expansion over there for now, but they’re looking to build condominiums and townhomes there in the meantime. It sounds like on-site lodging, which is a rarity at New York ski resorts, could be one of their priorities.
You can read their official press release here.
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