Elk Mountain (photo: Endless Mountains Innkeepers Assoc.)

Resort Village Sues Pennsylvania Ski Area Over Property Transfer

Union Dale, PA – A resort village has sued northeastern Pennsylvania’s Elk Mountain ski area, alleging that the resort’s president wrongfully transferred a parcel of property to the ski area.

Elk Mountain (photo: Endless Mountains Innkeepers Assoc.)
Elk Mountain (photo: Endless Mountains Innkeepers Assoc.)

The dispute, which has been simmering for years, arises out of a land transfer to build a sewer line. The Swiss-style Village of Four Seasons, which is comprised of over 130 residences adjacent to the ski area, contends that Elk Mountain president Joseph P. Moore, Jr.  fraudulently claimed ownership of the parcel, and then denied and hid the line’s construction on Village property. By routing the sewer line through the contested property the ski area was able to use gravity, rather than build a costlier line requiring a pump station.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday in Susquehanna County Court, asks for Elk Mountain to acknowledge that the Village owns the property and remove the sewer line. It joins another pending lawsuit filed by the Village against the ski area last year over an access gate to the ski area from the Village and water withdrawals for snowmaking from a lake owned by the Village without compensation.

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