Earlier this summer The Otsego Club announced that after 73 years of operating as a ski resort, they would be closing the doors this winter.
Good news for the members and the Gaylord area economy, the Otsego Club members group and Osprey Properties (the resort’s owner/management company) have reached a tentative agreement to re-open for alpine activities this winter. The Petoskey News reports that last Friday members received a letter from Osprey indicating that although they are “still finalizing the details… the (Otsego Club members) group plans to open Otsego as a private ski club for the coming 2012-2013 ski season.”
I still strongly feel that some sort of hybrid club which operates principally as a private club with some limited public sessions is the best way to go, but ultimately if the resort management and the members can reach a compromise to preserve this gem, that is good news.
No word yet whether, as in years past, the Otsego Club will be open to the public for their spring fling festivities around the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in March, but if they are and you have never been there, that would be a great time to check it out.