Historic Telemark Lodge sold, may re-open in time for Birkie
By: Mike Simonson, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Telemark Lodge and Resort in Cable was sold today to a Colorado company at a sheriff’s foreclosure auction.
This we do know: It was sold for $926,000 to Newco, LLC. What we don’t know is what Newco will do with the 1000 acre resort that’s been closed since March. Telemark is the starting point of the American Birkebeiner cross country ski race.
Cable Chamber of Commerce Director Jim Bolen says there’s a lot riding on this 1970s vintage resort. So he's a bit nervous.
"Because the lodge has 215 rooms, which represents a significant potential impact to our economy. If those rooms are open and available for guests to stay in, there's a lot more people in the area driving the economy. If they're not, then that's a bad thing. So I guess we have to wait to see exactly what their plans are."
He says meetings are set with the new ownership this week. From that, an announcement may come about re-opening the lodge in time for the February race and resuming plans to establish a U.S. Olympic snowboarding training facility.
Mortgage holder Dick Short believes the new owner has deep pockets that would restore Telemark to its past glory.
"I think that Telemark is going to be in very, very good hands. I've had too many phone calls that leads me to that decision without anybody really saying something but they're just too confident. There are just too many people saying good things about everything."
Short also believes Telemark will be re-opened by February./// The Bayfield County Judge overseeing the case still must approve the sale this week.