Power restored to Telemark Lodge in advance of possible donation

By KBJR News 1

November 12, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 1:17 PM CDT

Cable, WI (NNCNOW.com) –The future of the Telemark Lodge in Cable looks brighter after its new owners say they would like to donate the lodge and lease a portion of the land to a skiing association.

The power has been off since April and many businesses and residents were worried the Telemark Lodge just outside of Cable would be demolished by its new private owner, but there is now hope that skiers will once again grace the halls of the historic building.

The new owners are in negotiations to donate the building and took the first steps to protect it from winter by turning the power back on.

"To lose the lodge, which was a very real possibility, could have been devastating, but to have the power back on and have things where we're at today is really a good sign." said James Bolen, Executive Director of the Cable Area of Chamber.

Members of the S.C. Johnson Wax corporate family now going by the name Mount Telemark Properties LLC purchased the property at auction last month.
Their representatives are in talks with the Central Cross Country Ski Association, or C-X-C, to donate the lodge as well as lease up to 135 acres of land connected with the lodge.
The C-X-C hopes to eventually turn the property into a year round training facility for the U.S. Olympic ski team.

Representatives of the new owners have said that the property was purchased for recreational use of the land and had no intentions of running the lodge. However, they say they understand the effect of the lodge on the community.

"It's just a real win-win. If it wasn't for what Telemark meant to the community, to C-X-C and to the Birkie, they would have not offered anything for sale or for donation to anybody." Said Rick Carpenter, a former employee of Telemark Hospitality who now works for the new owners.

Many details are still yet to be worked out, but the property manager also has said that they hope to have a deal within the next 30 days.

The American Birkebeiner ski race, which begins at the lodge, will go on as scheduled this winter.
Whether or not the lodge will be open in time for the race will be determined by renovation status and management of the lodge.

Bryce Henry