“I had to keep in mind that there was going to be an unlimited amount of punches that were going to be dealt.”
I find your podcasts with management from smaller mountains much more compelling. The underdog story! I hope Keith and Granite Gorge can establish long term success. It’s difficult for the smaller local ski areas to compete. I skied at Swain for most of my younger years. It felt like home. It was comfortable. That’s the feeling a small independent ski can bring. Sounds like Keith has that same vision for Granite Gorge.
Great episode! I really enjoy podcasts about independent ski areas the most where there is no corporate playbook to follow. It's pretty amazing that they pulled off an opening so fast so thanks for bringing us the guy that led to it happening! It sounds like it's already being designed, but they could check with Waterville Valley to learn how they hang bikes on their Snow's Mountain double chair. While yes New Hampshire is a competitive ski state, being the only ski area 10 minutes down the road from a town of 20,000+ people is big deal so it looks like a brighter future is on its way! Best of luck to them!