Blue Knob resort sold

Transaction includes nine deeds totaling about $1.3 million

CLAYSBURG — Blue Knob All Seasons Resort has a new owner.

According to documents filed in both Blair and Bedford counties, the resort has been sold to Sustainable Hospitality & Development LP, 302 Grant St., Suite 3440, Pittsburgh.

The transaction is comprised of nine deeds — five filed in Blair County and four in Bedford County — for the resort which sits in parts of Greenfield, Kimmel and Pavia townships. The total sale price according to the deeds is $1,297,309.50.

Richard Gauthier, who is listed on the deeds as president of Beresford Inc., RLG Development Corp. and Blue Knob Recreation Inc., did not return a message seeking comment on the transactions.

Blue Knob had been in the Gauthier family since 1983.

Officials of Sustainable Hospitality & Development LP also have not responded to messages.

However, the company had applied for a $2.5 million state development grant through the Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program.

According to the RCAP website, the funds were to be used for acquisition of the site and to regrade the learn-to-ski area and install a covered moving carpet.

Adjacent to the learn-to-ski area, a beginner/intermediate terrain park would be created, which will share the moving carpet and also be served by a new handle tow operated on busier ski days.

To ensure adequate snow cover, the company proposed to install state-of-the-art automated snowmaking and upgrade its pumping capacity allowing for an earlier opening.

However, no funds have been approved for Round 1 2017 RCAP submissions, said Michael Gerber, state Department of Community and Economic Development spokesman.

Meanwhile, the State Bureau of Parks, which owns the top of Blue Knob’s mountain, has received a signed lease agreement with Sustainable Hospitality & Development LP, which is also known as Alpine Resort Operations LLC, said Terry Brady, spokesman for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The previous lease was with Blue Knob Recreation Inc.

Stephen McKnight, president and CEO of Altoona-Blair County Development Corp., said he was not aware of the sale.

“We did not play any role in the actual sale or negotiations. I don’t know the details,” McKnight said.

Rumors of the sale of Blue Knob have existed for years.

In 2008, Harry Benjamin, then chief executive officer of Altoona Beasley Manufacturing Inc., and his business partner, Christopher Kopac, a State College real estate developer, had signed an option to purchase Blue Knob Recreation Inc. from Richard and Jim Gauthier.

The deal never materialized, and Kopac died in 2013. Kopac and Benjamin had big plans for Blue Knob — a $250 million development expected to take about 10 years to complete. The project included adding about 700 residential units.

The resort was opened on the site of a former military base and is on the second-highest mountain in Pennsylvania.

The resort includes 36 trails on slopes for skiing, snow boarding and tubing, a golf course, trails for mountain biking and cross-country skiing.

It is open year-round. Condominiums provide year-round accommodations with tennis courts and a swimming pool.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.