Balsams Developers To Present Updated Renovation Plan

Feb 19, 2015


Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

  The developers of the Balsams will go before the Coos County Planning Board next Thursday to provide some new details of the planned $130 million renovation.

 “Since Les Otten and his team has come in the scope and the vision of the project has expanded greatly. So, we need to go back to the county planning board and formally re-introduce the project," said Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for the developers including owners Dan  Hebert and Dan Dagresse who have been working with ski developer Les Otten.

The resort closed in 2011, putting about 300 full or part-time employees out of work. Since then the owners have been working on financing.

 “It is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle and some puzzle pieces are contingent on others to fall in place. But it is coming together," said Tranchemontagne.

In December the owners asked state officials for permission to take water from the Androscoggin River to provide more snow making for what is hoped to be a greatly expanded ski resort.

Tranchemontagne said the owners still hope to begin construction late in April or early in May.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the state offices in Lancaster at the North Country Resource Center on Route 3.