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    Real Estate Planning | Four Seasons Hualalai, Hawaii

    Originally planned as a typical high rise hotel resort the project was abandoned in the late 1980's. LUE staff were part of the team asked in 1995 to update the plan.

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    Investinor, AS, Norway

    LUE was commissioned as part of team that involved mountain planners, ski area operators, and a private equity fund to develop a strategy for growing the ski and resort industry with Investinor as a direct equity partner.

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    Real Estate Research | Santa Lucia Preserve, California

    This historic 20,000 acre ranch originally planned 4,000 units, our solution limited development to fewer than 300 units and dedicated over 17,000 acres to a conservation easement.

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    Squaw Valley USA, California

    Squaw Valley is a major contributor to the tourism marketing budget for North Lake Tahoe. A special study determined ways to broaden the market appeal and reduce seasonality.

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    Market Research | Tourism Strategy, Island of Sardinia

    LUE was part of an interdisciplinary team led by Bechtel Corporation to develop a tourism strategy for an undeveloped portion of Sardinia.

Ski and Mountain Resorts

Like other destination resorts ski and mountain located resorts are extremely complicated to both execute and operate. They are capital intensive, suffer from seasonality issues, access to their markets, and need to constantly reinvent themselves in the mind of the consumer. We have worked internationally in this arena for over thirty years. Representative engagements include:

  • Investinor AS, a countrywide ski industry growth strategy and business plan for the sovereign wealth fund of Norway to guide their direct investment in Norwegian mountain resorts
  • Valle Nevada, an operational audit, expansion plan, and real estate development program, Valle Nevada, Chile
  • Beijing Raissun Investment Co, Ltd., development programming and financial projections for a major proposed area north of Beijing, Chongli China
  • CitiGroup, development and expansion analysis for Niseko Higashiyama Resort, Japan
  • SAMA Dubai Holdings, development potential and expansion plan for the Cedars of Lebanon ski area, Lebanon
  • ARUP Muhendislik ve Musavirlik Ltd STI, market analysis and development programming for Koraglu Mountain Resort, Turkey
  • Nippon Cable, repositioning and development strategy, consumer research, and financial analysis for Sun Peaks, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
  • Aspen Skiing Company, development analysis and programming recommendations for new Snowmass Village base area, Snowmass, CO
  • Squaw Valley, USA, analysis of the expansion plans designed to increase destination visitation, Squaw Valley, CA
  • Mt. Mansfield Corporation, an assessment of the mountain expansion potential, operational audit of all operating businesses, and development program for Stowe, VT