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Avon man buying Iowa ski resort

AVON, Colorado ” For Korby Fleischer, it hasn’t quite sunk in that he’ll soon own a ski resort.

“When I get the keys to the front gate, then I’ll know it’s mine,” Fleischer said.

The Avon resident said Tuesday he has agreed to buy a small ski resort in southwest Iowa called Mount Crescent. Fleischer, general manager of the Sitzmark Lodge and brother of former U.S. Ski Team member Chad Fleischer, has been negotiating the purchase of the 94-acre ski area for the past month, he said.

The closing is set for Monday.

“It’s not Vail, but it’s a great place to learn,” Fleischer said. “If they want a real ski vacation, they come out here.”

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And since Crescent Hill is only 15 miles from downtown Omaha, Neb., there is no shortage of nearby residents to test out its nine slopes, Fleischer said.

Crescent Hill is a bit like Ski Cooper, the small ski resort near Leadville, Fleischer said, adding that the Iowa’s hill’s black slopes are the equivalent of blues in Vail. The ski area has three snowcats, snowmaking capabilities and a big fleet of rental skis, he said.

Fleischer is a Nebraska native who moved to Vail as a child with his family in 1982. Within the next several months, he plans to relocate with his wife and three kids to Nebraska to run the ski resort.

A friend introduced him to the prospect of buying the resort, where he had skied as a young child.

“I said, ‘Wow, there’s a lot of potential here,'” he said.

Fleischer had the highest bid at an auction last month, and he and the current owner agreed to a sale price after further negotiations, he said.

His first order of business will be renovating the area’s lodge and installing a restaurant there. He also plans to start a children’s ski school ” and a kids’ racing program, with the help of his brother, Chad.

“He’s going to help out in the way of bringing ski racing to the Plains,” Fleischer said.

And, yes, there are powder days in Iowa, Fleischer said.

“If you get lucky,” he said.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.

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