Saturday, February 28 2015 @ 12:17 PM EST
Contributed by: Bill Thompson
New Hampshire Rivers Under Attack Part 2
By Bill Thompson
The Androscoggin River is also under attack. In case you haven’t heard The Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch is planning a major makeover and in the process “quadruple” the size of the ski area. The Balsams is one of New Hampshire’s most beautiful and historic grand hotels. I can remember as a teenager going to bed on election eve listing to the ballot count, The First in the Nation, from Dixville Notch; the voting took place in the hotel. Sadly the Balsams Hotel has been shut down for some time. The two newest owners, Dan Dagasse and Dan Herbert have planned to renovate and add a new addition to the existing hotel. Recently the two partners took on Les Otten as a third partner in the venture. Valley residents will remember Les from the now defunct American Ski Company. If nothing else Les is more; he thinks BIG. The plan to quadruple the ski area seems to have come from Les. As most every skier knows ski areas require water to make snow. The new company has applied for a permit from the state to draw 2.9 million cubic feet of water from the Androscoggin River daily (on an intermittent basis) from November to March 15th for snow making.