The former Ski Valley, shuttered nearly a decade ago, could become someone’s private winter paradise.
Town Supervisor Dan Marshall said Thursday he doesn’t see any obstacles to the once public ski resort, long since vacated, becoming a private residence. Approvals, however, lie in the hands of the town’s planning and zoning boards.
The 118-acre commercial property at 6586 County Road 33 needs approval to house a single-family home. The applicant also needs approval to tear down the existing ski lodge, build the house, and operate a private ski slope, among other changes. The applicant is Scott Harter, Professional Engineering Group; the property owner is Sierra Kilo India LLC.
“We’d be thrilled to death to have it cleaned up … the place has been a mess,” said Marshall.
Since Ski Valley closed in 2000, attempts by previous owners to reopen the site to the public fell afoul. Plans included ski and mountain biking trails, a new lodge and 12 single-family residences on the property. In 2013, a controversy erupted after the owner housed horses, chickens, sheep and other animals on the hillside. Members of the grazing herd wandered into neighbors’ yards, bothering pets and disturbing the peace, according to complaints that prompted their removal. At one point, town officials were presented with an ambitious plan for ski trails and lifts, a brewery, winery and RV park with recreational activities such as zip lines.
The Planning Board will hold a public hearing Wednesday on the request to operate a private ski slope at the site. The following Wednesday, Feb. 27, the ZBA will hold a public hearing on demolishing the former Ski Valley lodge there. The applicant wants to build the house and a boulder retainer wall upslope south of the lodge site. A new septic system would go north of where the lodge is now. This would be done on less than one acre of the entire property. Trees would be planted in the footprint of the former lodge and south of the house.
The Canandaigua Messenger: