Have you ever wanted to own a ski resort? Cockaigne Resort in Cherry Creek, New York is a unique mountain that is currently listed for sale at nearly $6 million. The ski resort features ten trails and three lifts, night skiing, snow tubing, an RV campground that’s open year-round, and a separate trail network that’s exclusively for snowmobilers. During the summer, there’s a popular restaurant and a large stage for concerts. We’ve certainly seen multiple ski areas for sale recently, but most have been closed for at least several years.
On Monday, Cockaigne confirmed that while the property was for sale, the reason was “part of normal investment due diligence and in no way should cause alarm for the community.“ If the property is sold, the owners plan on selling it to someone who is committed to keeping the mountain open. They are still planning to reopen for the 2022-23 winter season but will remain closed for this spring, summer, and fall to work on capital improvements.
Cockaigne has had an interesting history. The ski resort opened in 1966, with its based lodge originally serving as the Austrian Pavillion in the 1965 World’s Fair in New York City before being moved up north. In 2011, the lodge burned down, and Cockaigne ceased operations shortly thereafter. In 2017, the ski area was bought by new ownership. In the winter of 2020, Cockaigne reopened for skiing. In March, they announced that they wouldn’t be opening for their typical spring, summer, and fall activities, and would be focusing on making improvements for next winter instead. You can view the listing here.
Skiable Acres: 80
Lifts: 3 (Two chairlifts and a J-bar)
Vertical Drop: 430 ft
Average Snowfall: 275 inches