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Denton Hill State Park Master Plan

After more than 50 years of operation, Denton Hill State Park ski operations were suspended following the termination of the ski concession agreement during late 2014.

DCNR contracted with a Pittsburgh firm to evaluate the feasibility of continued ski operations and infrastructure conditions at the park.

During January 2016, DCNR committed to move forward (using the results of the feasibility study) to embark in a master planning process for expanding recreational opportunities across all four seasons. This process includes acquisition and allocation of funds to repair existing infrastructure and enhancing future park operations.

Public Process

DCNR has embarked in a master planning process at Denton Hill State Park. Through the development of this new master plan for Denton Hill State Park, DCNR will determine the magnitude of future infrastructure investment for year round operations -- including the return of downhill skiing and other seasonal recreational opportunities.

The master planning team is comprised of DCNR staff, external stakeholders, and community partners. The team began the process during mid-2016. Recommendations, originating from this team’s work, will be presented for public review and comment as this process moves forward.

Denton Hill Stake Holder Meeting Presentation June 2017 (PDF)

Denton Hill Feasibility Study for All-Season Operation (PDF)

DCNR to Share Information on Denton Hill State Park Study at Open House in January (PDF)

Denton Hill State Park Feasibility Study Nearing Completion (PDF)

Denton Hill State Park Master Plan Presentation May 2018 (PDF)

Vendor Forum for Denton Hill State Park

December 14, 2018

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is hosting a vendor forum for interested concession operators considering downhill ski and four-season activities at Denton Hill State Park in Ulysess Township, Potter County. Further information can be found in the links below:

Invitation to Vendor Forum (PDF)

Denton Hill Master Plan (PDF)

Denton Hill Feasibility Study for All-Season Operation (PDF)

Denton Hill Feasibility Study for All-Season Operation Appendices (PDF)

Denton Hill Market Assessment Plan April 2015 (PDF)

Solicitation for Proposal

April 27, 2021

DCNR is seeking proposals to operate a downhill ski and four-season recreation center at Denton Hill State Park in Potter County.

August 16, 2021 -- Stakeholder Communication

DCNR's Bureau of State Parks initiated a Solicitation for Proposal (SFP# 2021-BSP-01) for a downhill ski and all-season concession at Denton Hill State Park, Potter County. Initially, the proposals were due no later than June 9, 2021.

Although the solicitation was extended for an additional month to July 9 -- which was intended to allow for those that had expressed an interest the time to submit a substantive response -- no proposals were submitted to the department for this Solicitation for Proposal.

Since no proposals were received, the department is cancelling this first above-mentioned solicitation. It is the department’s plan to contact previously interested parties, and initiate a second solicitation process, which will include additional advertising/industry outreach, a vendor forum, and an eventual issuance of a second Solicitation For Proposal opportunity.

These next steps are the continuation of the department’s thorough and diligent attempt to `gain a viable future operator, which is a requirement to advance the current master plan and goals for Denton Hill State Park.

March 2, 2022

Results of our Solicitation for Proposals to operate a downhill ski and all-season concession received NO proposals. 

October 7, 2022

DCNR is again seeking proposals for a four-season recreation adventure center concession at Denton Hill State Park in Potter County.

DCNR is willing to consider alternatives to the commonwealth’s proposed design and capital development of Denton Hill as identified in the master plan, allowing for flexibility for proposers to be as innovative as they desire. The design phase of this project will coincide with the award of a concession lease agreement.

DCNR intends that the selected concessionaire will help identify and prioritize improvements during the design process. The Denton Hill request is SFP# 2022-BSP-01.

Interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend the virtual pre-proposal meeting on October 25 and one of two scheduled site visits on October 26 and November 1.  

Proposals must be received in a sealed envelope no later than January 6, 2023. DCNR will begin reviewing proposals on January 11, 2023.