Cold lifts Ski Bowl numbers

While many saw this past winter as a headache, it was a success for the community’s ski hill.
Alex Doty
May 10, 2014

“As you can tell by this long winter, we had a fantastic season,” said Theresa Sispera of the Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl Association. “We definitely made a considerable profit.”

A total of 13,918 people passed through the gates to slide down the hill this year, an increase from last year’s 10,368.

According to Ski Bowl figures, the facility had a net operating income of more than $61,000 — something officials attributed in part to having more days open for business.

“It’s obviously an exceptional year,” Sispera said. “We had 100 hours fewer snowmaking this year … (but) we had to close down for four days just because it was so cold.”

Grand Haven Mayor Geri McCaleb liked that all of the fresh powder made a positive impact.

“It’s nice to get that fresh snow every night,” she said. “It is so amazing.”

McCaleb also praised the positive work of the Ski Bowl Association in operating the facility.

“We appreciate the group taking ownership of the Ski Bowl,” she said. “That’s one less thing the city has to do.”

City Manager Pat McGinnis said the city has an agreement with the association for the winter months, and that includes providing an update on the past year’s operation.

To read the whole story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Nice work by the SBA!

Real estate maven

Nice work indeed. What a great asset the Ski Bowl is to our community.

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