Lake Geneva’s former Majestic Mountain Ski Hill back on the market for $5.75 million | State and Area News

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STEPHANIE JONES Lake Geneva News

Majestic Mountain, Lake Geneva’s former ski slope, is back on the market for $5.75 million.

In October 2020, Martin Murphy, a Chicago builder, purchased the 55 acres from the town of Linn where the Majestic Ski Hill once stood.

The Grunow family, who once managed the ski resort, transferred the parcel to Murphy in 2020, and at the time Murphy said future plans for the property were still under consideration and no final decision on future development has only been taken at this time. .

A year and a half later, possible development plans are still underway. But with property values ​​skyrocketing, the Murphy family is also exploring the market to see what interest there is there, said Martin Murphy’s wife, Wendy Murphy, who is a real estate agent with estate properties. ‘april.

Although multiple family homes could fit on the property, Wendy Murphy said one family could buy the property and turn it into a family-friendly resort with 55 sprawling acres on Basswood Drive with sweeping lake views.

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“They could build tennis courts and a zipline and a pool or whatever they want,” Wendy Murphy said. “Imagine a fire pit at the top of the hill for the family to gather at sunset or for a fireworks display. While a boat on the lake would be great, many people only use it a few times a season. , but the view is taken every minute they are there.This property has the ultimate view and can entertain the family all year round.This is a one of a kind property with so much potential.

The former ski resort, located in the town of Linn, was first opened in 1957 by Bill Grunow Jr. and served as a favorite skiing location for many people throughout the Lake Geneva region until what the main ski lodge burned down in March 1988.

Prior to being a ski lodge, the lodge was a former chicken coop dating back to the Grunow family’s chicken business, Val-Lo-Will Chicken Farm.

But when it came time for the next generation, the family business grew from chickens to snow fun and later to maritime business and entertainment.

The hill featured grooming, snowmobiles, the “largest rental service in the Midwest” as well as “one of the best (ski) shops in the Midwest with the best ski apparel and accessories the world has to offer.”

In addition to the ski resort and clubhouse, the property offered a bar, concert hall, driving range and golf course.

The venue was known as the Majestic Bandstand, similar to Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.” Headliners included Stevie Wonder, The Who, Chicago, the Monkees and the Beach Boys.

But that all came to an end after the 1988 fire. Uninsured, the loss of the lodge ended the era and left what remained of the resort empty, with the property largely untouched in recent years.

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