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Can Balsams be Bigger than Killington?

Les Otten | The Balsams Ski Resort
Balsams Resort owner Les Otten has big plans for the ski area.
Former ski resort mogul Les Otten offers a peek at his latest project and his big plans for the Dixville Notch resort.

Les Otten is back in the ski business with grand plans for turning one of the last remaining gems of New Hampshire’s grand hotel era into a full-amenity base area village and what would be the Northeast’s largest ski area. In a recent interview, the former CEO of American Skiing Co. sketched out his plans for revitalization of the Balsams Resort in far-northern Dixville Notch, well-known as home of first-in-the-nation voting.

Les Otten Back in the Ski Business

Les Otten Back in the Ski Business
the Balsams
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.

[ Thu, 2009-10-22 13:30 ]
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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.

Mount Snow, Vt.: Rank 10 East, 1998

Features

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.

2003 Number 10 Resort in the East: Sunday River, Maine

Features

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.

ASC Sells Sugarbush

Travel

Vermont's Mad River Valley aims to get back to being a "skier's valley."

About That New No.1

From the Top

I can already hear the hardcores cackling over their Kootenays in Whistler, mumbling into their jello shots at Jackson and ordering another martini in Vail. Deer Valley, Utah, No. 1 in North America?

American Skiing Company Chairman Les Otten Resigns

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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.

ASC, MeriStar Drop Merger Plans

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Ski resort operator American Skiing Co. and hotel manager MeriStar Hotels & Resorts dropped three-month-old plans to merge amid concerns from minority shareholders.

2001 Number 14 Resort in the East: Sugarbush, Vt.

Travel

When Les Otten & Co. took the controls at Sugarbush, they cranked up the volume at this venerable Vermont resort-more lifts, more snow and more trails-and proclaimed it "the new Sugarbush."

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