NE Oregon ski area for sale

Spout Springs is on the market with an asking price of $1.25 million.

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Spout Springs in Northeast Oregon is on the market with an asking price of $1.25 million.

The current owner John Murray hopes to complete the transaction so he can retire.

The business runs on a lease with the Umatilla National Forest, and includes two double chairlifts, a lodge and restaurant, rental shop and ski patrol building. It is listed through Coldwell Banker First Realtors in Walla Walla. Between ski seasons, Murray operates a full service marine center and dry dock in Portland. His son, Rick, has served as manager at Spout Springs but also works as a professional marine surveyor. With no other family to run the resort, Murray said he has decided — reluctantly — to sell.

“It’s been good to me,” he said. “It’s nice, because the marine industry really dies down over winter.”

(SOURCE: East Oregonian)

The mountain was established in 1966. It is a 1,400 acre resort, located on Highway 204 in the Blue Mountains. It has 800 feet of vertical skiing and is at about 5,000 feet elevation.

Murray said he will work to open the resort for next winter regardless of a sale.

“Just hope for snow,” he said.


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