Mountain Lodge financial position on target

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Coordinator Harvey Desnick presented an overall positive report for the month of January, and is optimistic moving closer to the 2018 season.

EAGLE RIVER — While the Keweenaw County Board continues to look for a buyer for the Mountain Lodge, the facility appears financially to be right about where lodge coordinator Harvey Desnick expected it would be moving into 2018.

“We’ve been tracking pretty close to the projections that I had on the budget, which was delivered last month,” Desnick said. “We are about $2,000 ahead from January of last year. This year in January, we showed a little over $10,000 loss (versus) $12,891 in January 2017. I think what you’re going to see is we’re going to track pretty close to where I projected through January, February and into March. There may be some ups and downs.”

Desnick said that the facility is seeing a fair number of golf signups in response to having sent out letters and renewals earlier than usual.

“We’ve actually been getting a little bit more, since I put it out, than they did last year at this time,” Desnick told the board last week, “but I think that’s directly related to the fact that I got the letters out there sooner, and I think we’ll do well with that.”

In addition, events for the upcoming season are encouraging, and things look very promising.

“Most of our events are booking into the end of the season right now,” said Desnick, “and I don’t know if we even have an available date in September, and we have other dates available in October, but we’re getting a number of tours that are starting to book through. Sue (Desnick) just booked a vets group that is taking 30 people, and it’s coming along nicely now.”

While golf membership notices continue to come in, and reservations continue to be made, Desnick said he has also spent much time throughout January, focusing on potential staff for the upcoming season.