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Blue Mountain brings on partner; owner of Camelback to manage Lower Towamensing resort

Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton in Carbon County is under new management.

The resort is now managed by KSL Resorts, which owns Camelback Resort in Tannersville.

Barb Green, president of Blue Mountain Resort, confirmed the partnership Tuesday morning.

“I’ve been looking for a capital partner for a long time, so KSL and myself are going into partnership to develop the resort further,” Green said. “They bring the expertise and they bring the capital, and I bring the knowledge of the resort and a great team of people that have made it what it is.”

The resort has been working on plans for a six-story hotel built on 1.95 acres near the Summit Lodge for the past few years. The hotel, if built, would consist of 135 hotel units.

“Currently none of the plans that we’ve discussed with the public are off the table,” Green said. “We are just reevaluating them.”

Green touted KSL’s expertise on the matter.

“KSL management brings hotel experience, and they recognize that we don’t have any hotel beds on our property, so they are definitely looking at a hotel,” Green said. “There’s a lot of planning that needs to go into it, and a lot of master planning that we started.

“They’re the expert on this. I’m really excited to bring them into the community, and I think we’re going to do wonderful things together.”

In 1962, Ray Tuthill, the company’s founder and former president, bought 322.5 acres with dreams of one day opening a ski area to solve a family problem - having to travel long distances to do something they loved. Blue Mountain Resort began its operations in 1977 when Tuthill’s dream became a reality, opening the doors to then-named Little Gap Ski Area. The ski area offered four trails and two lifts in its first year of operation and lift tickets were $12.

The ski area expanded, reaching the bottom of the mountain in the 1990s, to the area currently known as “The Valley.” This allowed for a 1,082-foot vertical for skiing, the highest in the state, and the most varied terrain for guests of all ability levels.

When Tuthill died, Green stepped in as president and CEO to continue her father’s legacy.

“We’re planning to keep Blue Mountain Blue Mountain, keeping the character,” Green said. “We pride ourselves on giving our guests a back to nature experience, and we’re hoping to expand on that over the next three to four years. I’m excited with those plans.”

Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton is now managed by KSL Resorts, which owns Camelback Resort in Tannersville. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO