Balsams Resort

North Country
5:16 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Renovation Progress Claimed As Balsams Owners Ask To Take Snowmaking Water From The Androscoggin

In 2012 - with the Balsams closed - the owners held an auction to get rid of most of the furnishings. Photo by Chris Jensen

In what is being described as progress in the $100 million renovation of the closed Balsams resort, its owners are asking state officials for permission to take water from the Androscoggin River for expanded snowmaking.

“The fact that we have submitted an application to withdraw water for our snowmaking operation is a significant step forward for the project,” said Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for developers, Dan Hebert, Dan Dagesse and Maine businessman Les Otten.

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North Country
5:34 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Expanding Balsams Ski Resort: Money, Jobs And A Regulatory Challenge

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR.

If Maine entrepreneur Les Otten can expand the ski area of the closed Balsams resort he says it would create about 1,000 full or part-time jobs.

That’s something the region desperately needs. But it isn’t clear whether Otten has the money or can work through a regulatory tangle including safety issues.

The issue is being raised after Otten said he would like to work with Dan Hebert and Dan Dagesse, the owners of the closed resort.

One issue is a safety concern. Can the huge blades on the 410-foot tall turbines throw chunks of ice far enough to endanger skiers?

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North Country
3:29 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Wind Farm Owner OK With Expanding Ski Slopes At Balsams If Safety Isn't An Issue

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR


The company that owns the wind farm near the Balsams is open to reducing the buffer zone between its wind turbines and the slopes, a key to a developer’s plan to  greatly expand  the size of the ski resort.

"As long as it is safe, we have no problems," Brookfield Renewable Power lawyer Harold Pachios said late Monday.

Maine entrepreneur Les Otten would like to quadruple the size of the Balsams ski area and reopen the hotel.

But Otten’s plan to make the ski runs longer requires skiers to get closer to the tops of mountains where the wind farm has turbines.

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North Country
8:46 am
Sun March 2, 2014

A Huge, New Ski Resort At The Balsams?

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Coos County commissioner Paul Grenier says there are plans to convert the Balsams into a huge ski resort.

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North Country
2:56 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Stalled Effort To Reopen Balsams Gets New Team Member

More than two years ago the Balsams closed, putting about 300 full and part-time employees out of work.

But now Les Otten, a Maine businessman and former owner of the American Skiing Company, is working on reopening the Balsams.  He says he has an agreement with the resort’s two owners, Dan Hebert and Dan Dagesse.

North Country
11:20 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Another Setback For Balsams' Financing

Another effort to obtain financing for the renovation of the Balsams resort has fallen through.

The owners of the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch have run into another problem coming up with the $30 million needed to renovate the closed resort and put as many as 300 full or part-time employees back to work.

Owners Dan Hebert and Dan Dagesse hoped to use federally backed New Market Tax Credits to attract some investors.

But that has fallen through with a deadline being missed, says spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne.

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North Country
3:36 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

State Says No Evidence of Air Pollution In Balsams Fire

Working largely on what amounts to the honor system state officials say they have decided state air pollution standards were not violated in a fire last January when two buildings at the Balsams resort were burned down as part of a renovation.

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North Country
9:42 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

More Details On Balsams Renovation And A Step Forward

Artist's conception of the renovated Balsams. Courtesy of the owners.
Credit Courtesy of the owners

When the $30 million renovation of the Balsams Grand Resort is complete it will look a lot like the old grand hotel but will feature much-needed modern amenities making it far nicer for guests and a lot  cheaper to operate.

That’s how Dan Hebert, one of the two owners, described the renovation Tuesday night before the Coos County Planning Board.

Originally the complex had about 400,000 square feet.

Hebert said about 123,000 of that is being retained. About 80,000 square feet will be added.

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North Country
12:11 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Air-Quality Officials Investigate Balsams Renovation Fire

The Department of Environmental Services is investigating whether any air-protection measures were violated when several buildings at the Balsams were burned down as part of a renovation.

The fires took place on January 6th and destroyed a large dormitory and a second building once used to produce rubber and latex products.

Three North Country fire departments used the burn as a training exercise.

The fire also saved money for the new owners who wanted to demolish the buildings as part of a planned renovation.

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North Country
10:57 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Beat The Clock: Balsams Renovation Financing Glitch

An auction sold off most of the furnishings and equipment at the Balsams, a prelude to the owners' plans for a huge renovation. Photo by Chris Jensen.

The owners of the closed Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch are playing beat the clock to get an important part of the financing they need to renovate and reopen the resort.

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North Country
11:54 am
Fri February 15, 2013

New Plant In Colebrook Takes Up An Old Family Business

Back in the 1950s, at a plant near the Balsams hotel, the Neil Tillotson family was producing products like balloons, latex gloves and disposable plastic eyedroppers. 

But a little more than two years ago, the Dixville Notch plant was forced to shut down when the Tillotson Corporation prepared to sell its Balsams resort.

But now Rick Tillotson, one of the sons of the plant’s original owner, is opening a new 100,000-square foot plant in nearby Colebrook to produce some of the same items.

Tillotson says it’s a dream he’s had since the  plant closed.

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North Country
3:30 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Suit Balsams' Owners Said Blocked Financing Is Dismissed

Most of the furnishings of the Balsams were sold at auction. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR
Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR

A judge in Merrimack Superior Court has dismissed a suit that the owners of the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch said was holding up its re-opening.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The suit was filed by Andy Martin, a self-described public-interest advocate and corruption fighter.

Martin claimed the sale was “committed fraudulently.”

Among those sued were the new owners, Danny Dagesse and Dan Hebert, the town of Colebrook and the New Hampshire attorney general.

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Elections 2012
12:36 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Dixville Notch Voters (All 10) Prepare For Midnight Balloting

The Balsams resort is temporarily closed but next Tuesday residents of Dixville Notch still plan on being the first voters in the nation.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Just at midnight, while sensible people are sleeping, folks from Dixville Notch will be voting.

But for the first time since 1960 they won’t be at the Balsams resort.

It’s closed for a renovation.

Instead they will gather at a nearby ski lodge, says Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for the resort.

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North Country
11:03 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Balsams Renovation Delay Amid Financing Glitch

Early in May almost all of the furnishings of the Balsams were sold at auction.
Chris Jensen NHPR

The new owners of the Balsams are still looking for financing and the renovation of the resort is months behind.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Earlier this year the Balsams owners were seeking historic tax credits as one of several ways to attract investors.

The credits are available for the renovation of certified historic properties – like the Balsams.

But owners Dan Dagesse and Dan Hebert are dropping that idea, says Balsams’ spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne.

The reason is a plan to tear down  some parts of the Balsams complex.

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North Country
11:37 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Colebrook Planning Board Resolves Concern Over Balsams Tract

Dan Hebert, one of the new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The Colebrook Planning Board Tuesday night removed what the new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort have said was an impediment to the redevelopment needed to allow hundreds of people to get back to work.

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