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Western Summer Lodging Numbers Break All-Time Records, Says DestiMetrics Report

Squaw Valley village

Earlier predictions by DestiMetrics that Western U.S. mountain resorts would have an all-time record-breaking summer have come true. DestiMetrics tracks occupancy and revenues in 19 western resort communities.

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Microbrew Fest At Boyne Highlands Sept. 27; Skitoberfest At Boyne Mountain Oct. 4

Boyne Highlands Microbrew Fest

The ski season isn’t far away so Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain are helping to stoke the excitement.  

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Vail Resorts Purchases Park City Mountain Resort For $182.5 Million

Park City Mountain Resort

Vail Resorts announced today (Sept. 11) it has purchased Park City Mountain Resort for a reported $182.5 million in cash. With announcement of the sale, the extended legal battle between Powdr Corp. and Vail/Talisker is over.

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Toronto Developer Set To Acquire California's Bear Valley Resort

Bear Valley

The Snow Industry Letter (TSIL) is reporting this week that Skyline International Development Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, says it has entered into a binding agreement to buy Bear Valley Mountain Resort in the Central Sierra of California.

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SIA Details Record Breaking Season; $3.6 Billion

SIA ResearchSnowSports Industries America (SIA), the snow sports industry’s member-owned trade association, has released its 2014 Snow Sports Market Intelligence Report, covering the ups and downs of the 2013/2014 season.

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Flower Point Project At Whitefish Means New Triple Chair For Intermediate Terrain

Flower Point Project Whitefish

The Flower Point Project, begun several years ago at Montana’s Whitefish Mountain Resort, is wrapping up this summer with the installation of a triple chairlift that will be ready for the winter season.

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Stowe's Classic Gondola Refurbished; Re-opens For Foliage Season

Stowe gondola turbine

Stowe Mountain Resort’s Summit Gondola re-opens for access up the state’s highest peak  Saturday, Sept. 13, just in time for the Vermont fall foliage season. The Gondola will operate daly from 10:30am to 4:30pm through Oct. 13, weather permitting.

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Best North American Ski Resorts For Making Early Turns

Loveland snowmaking

Just can’t wait for traditional winter openings, typically mid-November, to start skiing and riding? There are early-bird resorts that will start lifts in October thanks to advanced snowmaking, high elevations and a boost from Mother Nature. 

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Central NY's Song, Labrador Merge; No Major Changes Planned

Song Mt. snowmaking

Central New York’s Song Mountain Resort and Labrador Mountain have merged into one corporate entity. The two ski areas are about a 20 minute drive apart.

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Pennsylvania's Whitetail Invests In New Snow Guns, Expanded Kids Facilities

Whitetail Resort

More than $2.5 million dollars have gone into upgrades that will ultimately enhance the guest’s over-all experience at whitetail Resort near Mercersburg, Pa. for this winter.. 

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Andrew Barfield To Head Snow Sports At Snowbasin

Andrew Barfield Snowbasin

Utah’s Snowbasin Resort has named Andrew Barfield as its new Snow Sports Director.

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Aspen Employees 'Shape Up' For Newly Required Fitness Tests

Aspen Mall

Things are literally “shaping up” for the ski season at Aspen and several other resorts. Employees are getting ready for newly required fitness tests that start Oct. 1.

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Trip Report: Northern Wisconsin's Hayward, Cable Area Is An 'Outdoor Paradise'

Fly fishing museum wisc."Song of Hiawatha,” Wadsworth’s epic poem about life in forests along the western Great Lakes, came to mind during my visit to the Hayward/Cable area of northern Wisconsin.
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Sugarbush Invests In Snowmaking Equipment, Lift Upgrades, Parking

Sugarbush

Sugarbush Resort has invested over $4.5 million on improvements this summer in preparation for the upcoming winter.

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Hollywood Comes To Wachusett As Movie Crew Takes Over Mountain

Wachusett Summer

Wachusett Mountain was the scene of a Hollywood movie production this week as the crew for the upcoming drama Sea of Trees were on hand for a day-long location shoot. 

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United Adds Saturday Winter Flights To Whitefish From Chicago

whitefish Mountain Resort

Visiting Northwest Montana in the winter just got a little easier with the addition of a new Saturday nonstop service from Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) to Glacier Park International (FCA). The Glacier Airline Enhancement and Retention Outreach committee (Glacier AERO), a group of local business and tourism leaders, raised $240,000 for a revenue guarantee to secure the new Chicago flight. 

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Catskill's Windham Plans More Expansion Investment; New Trail, Restaurant Update, Spa

Windham Mountain

It's an expansion year for Windham Mountain Resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains as Chip Seamans, resort president and general manager announced $4.2 million in improvements. It’s the second consecutive year of capital infusions.

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Sunday River Improvements Include Chair Upgrade, More Snowmaking, New Glade

Sunday River

Sunday River Resort skiers and riders will benefit from $5 million in capital improvements for the 2014-15 winter. Parent company Boyne Resorts will have invested more than $40 million in the Newry, Maine resort since 2007. Here’s what’s on tap:

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Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel Has $127 Lodging Package; But, Act Fast

Mackinac Island Grand Hotel

Mackinac Island has long been one of the Great Lakes most recognized vacation destinations. Conde Nast Traveler calls it “One of the top 10 islands destinations in the world.”  

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Taos Ski Valley Tabs Hospitality Industry Veteran As Marketing Chief

Kevin Kearney TSV

Taos Ski Valley has named Jesse Keaveny as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Keaveny will be responsible for helping design and execute the strategic vision and growth of the resort, including the opening of the new Kachina Peak lift this winter season, as well as helping draw additional attractions, events and visitors to Taos Ski Valley throughout the year.

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