ORLANDO, Florida — CNL Income Properties Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on lifestyle properties, announced today its acquisition of the assets of Sugarloaf/USA in Carrabassett, Maine, and Sunday River in Bethel, Maine. In a simultaneous, related transaction, Boyne USA Resorts acquired the stock of the American Skiing Company subsidiaries owning the resorts and sold the assets to CNL. CNL leased the resorts back to Boyne USA Resorts, one of the largest operators of destination resorts and day-ski areas.
“These are key New England ski resorts, which are an excellent addition to our lifestyle real estate portfolio,” said Byron Carlock, president and CEO of CNL Income Properties. “With our capital and Boyne USA’s experience, we believe these properties have potential to improve on their long-standing tradition of being among the most popular ski destinations in Maine.”
“CNL Income Properties offers long-term capital to significant operators, such as Boyne USA Resorts, which allows them to operate and run the business they know so well at even higher levels of efficiency and innovation,” Carlock said.
With a 2,820-foot vertical drop, Sugarloaf/USA is the third largest ski resort in the Northeast in terms of vertical drop. Sugarloaf/USA is the 11th largest ski resort in New England (in terms of skier visits) with approximately 352,000 skier visits during the 2005-2006 ski season. SKI Magazine has consistently ranked Sugarloaf/USA in the top five Eastern resorts overall, and is a perennial top five terrain, service and family programs favorite. Sugarloaf/USA is consistently ranked as a top five overall resort in the East by Skiing Magazine.
Based on skier visits, Sunday River is the fourth largest ski resort in New England with an average of 505,000 skier visits per year over the last five years. As one of Maine’s leading year-round resorts, it also offers golf, hiking and other various summer amenities. SKI Magazine has consistently ranked Sunday River nationally in the top 10 for both grooming and lifts; MSNBC recently named Sunday River a Top 10 Best Bets nationwide for early season snow and crowned the resort “Snowmaking Champion of New England.”
“We have great respect and enthusiasm for this region, these fine properties and their surrounding communities,” said Stephen Kircher, president of Boyne USA Resorts’ eastern operations. “Adding Sunday River and Sugarloaf/USA, two of the Northeast’s most popular ski mountains–with fantastic four season resort potential, to the Boyne USA family of resorts is a natural fit for us. With CNL Income Properties as our capital partner in driving these resorts forward, we couldn’t be more excited about their futures. As well, the loyal customers of these two resorts should rest assured we will be honorable stewards of these properties for many decades to come.”
In addition to Sunday River and Sugarloaf/USA, CNL Income Properties also owns, and Boyne USA Resorts operates, Brighton Ski Resort (Brighton, Utah) and Cypress Mountain (British Columbia, Canada).
CNL Income Properties’ ski portfolio also includes:
- Bretton Wood Mountain Resort (Bretton Woods, N.H.)
- Loon?В® Mountain (Lincoln, N.H.)
- Mountain High Ski Resort (Wrightwood, Calif.)
- Northstar-at-Tahoe?вЂћ? Resort (Lake Tahoe, Calif.)
- Sierra-at-Tahoe?В® Resort (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.)
- Summit-at-Snoqualmie Resort (Snoqualmie Pass, Wash.)
About CNL Income Properties Inc.
CNL Income Properties Inc. is a real estate investment trust that owns a portfolio of 71 properties in the United States and Canada in the lifestyle and recreation sectors. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., CNL Income Properties specializes in the acquisition of golf courses, ski resorts, marinas, campgrounds, merchandise marts, destination retail and entertainment centers and attractions. For more information, visit www.cnl.com.
About Boyne USA Resorts
Boyne USA Resorts is the owner/operator of geographically diverse four-season destination resorts and day-ski areas located near major metropolitan areas. The business has been overseen by the Kircher family since 1947 and is the largest family run four-season resort company in North America. The founder, Everett Kircher, is recognized within the ski community as a pioneer and visionary who possessed a deep passion for winter sports and the outdoors and in leading Boyne USA’s team, his children are carrying on this tradition. Along with operating Brighton, UT, Cypress Mountain, B.C. and Gatlinburg Sky Lift, TN, Boyne USA Resorts owns Big Sky Resort in Montana, Crystal Mountain in Washington, and Michigan’s premier active lifestyle resorts ??вЂњ Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands and the distinguished lakeside destination – The Inn at Bay Harbor ??вЂњ A Renaissance Golf Resort, including Bay Harbor Golf Club and Crooked Tree Golf Club. For more information, visit www.boyneusaresorts.com.