Wildwood vote is ‘death certificate’ for Hidden Valley, owner says

After the Wildwood planning and zoning commission voted 7-3 Monday night against extending the hours and months of operation as sought by Hidden Valley Ski Resort’s owner for a zip line at the resort, a company executive said the suburban St. Louis attraction would probably close.

The commission’s recommendation will go to the Wildwood City Council.

Tim Boyd, chief executive of Hidden Valley owner Peak Resorts, said the proposal would make it financially unfeasible for him to run the business.

“They basically signed a death certificate for Hidden Valley, and I think it’s going to be a big loss to the community,” Boyd said.

At a cost of $2.5 million, Peak Resorts estimated the zip line attraction would bring in $1 million in revenue annually.

Boyd said he had tried compromising by giving up lights and a sound system but “couldn’t give up on the hours of operation because we have to make money.”

The ski facility will be fully operational until March, he said. After that, however, the land could be sold to a developer.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal

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