- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

TOLLGATE, Ore. (AP) - Spout Springs, a ski area in northeastern Oregon, is up for sale, and the asking price is $1.25 million, the East Oregonian newspaper reported (http://is.gd/dF9k7A).

Current owner John Murray says he’s looking to retire. The 66-year-old has owned the 1,400-acre resort near Tollgate since 1999.

Spout Springs offers 800 feet of vertical skiing with a base elevation of about 5,000 feet. It was established in the 1920s and served as the training center for the American and Norwegian Olympic ski jump teams in the 1950s and 1960s.

The business runs on a lease with the Umatilla National Forest, and it includes two double chairlifts, a lodge and restaurant, rental shop and ski patrol building. It is listed through Coldwell Banker First Realtors in Walla Walla, Washington.

Between ski seasons, Murray operates a marine center and dry dock in Portland. His son, Rick, has served as manager at Spout Springs but also works as a professional marine surveyor.

Murray said he’s selling reluctantly because he has no other family to run the ski resort.

“It’s been good to me,” he said. “It’s nice, because the marine industry really dies down over winter.”

It would be a great business for a farmer, he said. “We have tractors, we groom and it’s seasonal,” Murray said.

Regardless of when the sale happens, Murray said he will make sure the resort is ready to open next season. “Just hope for snow,” he said.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info

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