Former ASC chief confirms partnership in defunct Balsams Resort hotel and ski area, with plans to reopen in the works.
The Manchester Union Leader confirmed that Les Otten, the former president of defunct Eastern ski-area conglomerate American Skiing Co., is part of a team of developers working to re-open The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in far-northern New Hampshire.
American Skiing Company magnate wants to lead Maine
One of ski country's biggest cheeses has decided to run for public office. Les Otten, the present or former owner of Sugarbush and Mount Snow ski resorts in Vermont and Cranmore and Attitash in New Hampshire -- and the onetime big poppa of American Skiing Company -- is running for governor in the state of Maine.
Good things may come to those who wait, but better things come to those who don't. Since American Skiing Company chief Les Otten got his hands on this southern Vermont skier magnet two years ago, he's given it a welcome facelift.
Thanks to some management changes at the top, Sunday River is now sporting a newer, happier attitude, causing one reader to call it "a civilized version of Killington." But its biggest success is still the Les Otten formula of snowmaking, grooming and lots of fast lifts.
Leslie B. Otten has resigned as chairman and chief executive of American Skiing Co., one of North America's biggest ski resort companies which only last week called off a planned merger with a hotel company.