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As an after thought, I didn't like the title "As the mountain turns" so I changed it. Everyone seems to be into all of this "Twilight Saga" stuff and since we're talking about Wolves here lately…

So JUST when I hit submit on this morning's update MORE NEWS comes in. If you want to go catch up post by post (you might want to) and then come back here….HERE is the sequence as things have transpired thus far. I'm betting we'll be adding to it:

01.8.13 08:32 AM – Wolf Ridge Resort is UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP…



Now to what we've just unearthed. (Bear in mind that we are only digging because we can't seem to get any conversations going with the ACTUAL principles in this saga.)

Tonette Fisk just informed me that Mr. Reuel Wheatley, who was listed in Tuesday's Press Release as the Principle Owner of Arthur Webster, LLC of Pawley's Island, SC is listed as an acquisitions man on various websites.

Another source shows that Mr. Wheatley refers to himself in the following manner:

I am a commercial and residential real estate broker. Also, I am a commercial lender covering the East Coast of the USA with offices in ew York, SC, Florida and Alaska. Graduate of the Wharton School ith 30 years experience in corporate acquisitions. finance and real estate.

Additionally he lists himself as, "President and BIC of Arthur-Webster, Ltd. A commercial and residential firm with a commerciai lending division covering the USA."

So that would seem to hint that Mr. Wheatley may be the owner of the firm that is acquiring…or at least SAYS is acquiring…Wolf Ridge Resort. We are currently attempting to get with some of the other principles to confirm or deny these recent reports.

I just received an email from one Wolf Ridge employee who asked me not to share their name for obvious reasons. In it they shared:

Mike I can tell you that SOMETHING IS GOING DOWN here. We're all in the dark and that's the way they like things around here. Many of us who really know NOTHING still feel certain that something BIG is taking place and until Orville tells us to chill, we believe that the resort is being sold and that it will happen soon. I read your story yesterday and can tell you that some of the people who told you that it is all a lie also are in the dark. We don't know what is a lie, rumor or truth around here. I could lose my job for saying such, so please don't reveal my identity. However your story has triggered a lot of talk and I think this is going down soon.

Tonette placed a call to Erik Christenson who is involved to some degree however after telling her he'd talk with her in ten minutes – he did a 180 and asked us to email him. Guess what his email address is? It's @ WolfNC.com…


There you have the latest in the SAGA…unless and until something else happens after I post this update!

My guess right now is that Mr. Wheatley is the money behind any deal that may be going down and that some of the others who been in the rumor mill as operating the resort soon will indeed be those who are running Wolf Resort in the coming weeks. We're thinking someone goofed BIG TIME in letting this cat out of the bag or that this is INDEED one of the most elaborate BS stories in local, recent ski industry history. That wouldn't be the first time. See: Phoenix Mountain in West Jefferson which back in 2005 was supposedly going to be the next Snowshoe.

Oh brother…

I'm certain MORE will come…

Email me at: mike@skisoutheast.com

Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiNC.com and SkiSoutheast.com. Since September of 1996 he has written more than 2800 articles promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. While attending to the thousands of emails, photo submissions and On-Snow reports that come in all season long, Doble also owns and operates a full service web design and marketing company that has more than 800 clients in 30+ states and several countries. He shares that it was his passion for all things snow that prompted him to start the ski network and since that time the website has gained popularity through it's webcam and weather content as well. Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid snow and water skier, football freak of his alma mater (the University of South Carolina) and hearty promoter of all that is Western North Carolina to West Virginia and Maryland. Mike spends his off time with his horses, playing golf, tennis and boating on Watauga Lake with his family and friends, coaching local soccer teams and oh yes...Snow Skiing!