Forest Service looking for someone to operate Oregon ski area

Spout Springs Ski Area, OR. Credit: USFS

The Umatilla National Forest invites proposals from interested entities to operate and manage the Spout Springs Ski Area, located near Tollgate at Mile 22 along State Highway 204 between Weston and Elgin. The responses received will help Forest staff consider options for eventually reopening the ski resort to the public.

The Forest is seeking an Operator who will provide professional management and operational oversight of the Spout Springs Ski Area. The operator will be responsible for all aspects of resort management including, but not limited to, hiring staff and ski patrols, chair lift inspection and maintenance, maintenance of the fleet of snow groomers, the operation of the bar and the restaurant, the maintenance of the installations and the maintenance tasks.

While the infrastructure is currently owned by the federal government, Forest staff intends to sell the infrastructure to a person or entities that have an interest (and ability) to operate and manage a ski resort . The Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) is not intended as a formal offer for future contract award or solicitation, but to assess the competitive interest of individuals or entities in the opportunity. The RFEI is the first step in a process which may also involve the subsequent publication of a prospectus. A prospectus would allow Forest staff to further assess competitive interest through a closer examination of a Respondent’s technical capabilities.

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Interested parties are encouraged to consider a full range of potential operations for year-round use when responding to this request. Prospective applicants are also strongly encouraged to inspect the infrastructure in person before submitting a response to the RFEI. Umatilla National Forest staff will facilitate site visits to allow qualified respondents or entities to inspect infrastructure. To schedule a site visit, please contact Andy Steele at [email protected] with “Spout Springs Site Visit” in the subject line.

Additional information on RFEI submission requirements, including instructions, can be found on the Forest website.

Spout Springs Ski Area sits at an elevation of approximately 4,920 feet and has a long history as a destination location. The ski area permit boundary includes 1,413 acres and 13 downhill runs accessible via two fixed-grip double chairs. Part of these runs are lit for night skiing. The Nordic system in the permit area includes over 20 miles of trails ranging from beginner to advanced. The base area includes two large chalet-style buildings that serve as the main lodge and rental store. Although skiing was central to Spout Springs, the previous owners also promoted mountain biking, hiking, and other forms of summer recreation.

Additional information about the Spout Springs Ski Area is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/umatilla/recreation/wintersports/recarea/?recid=57043&actid=89.

More information about Umatilla National Forest is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla.

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