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Vermont's Stratton Mountain Invests 7 Million Into Resort Improvements

Stratton Gondola Cabins

New gondola cabins, additional ski terrain, improved snowmaking and two new snowcats highlight $7 million in capital improvements at Vermont’s Stratton Mountain Resort this summer.

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Six-Pack Bubble Chair Under Construction At Vermont's Okemo

New 6-pak Bubble Lift at Okemo

Skiers and snowboarders at Okemo Mountain Resort this winter will view their ride up the mountain through the bright orange tint of a retractable, transparent dome.  A  new, high-speed, six-pack bubble chairlift with heated seats – the first of its kind in North America - is under construction at the Ludlow, Vt. resort.

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Hospitality Veteran Named General Manager at Okemo's Jackson Gore Inn

Dennis Barquinero

Dennis Barquinero named general manager at the Jackson Gore Inn at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vt.

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Popular Chair 5 At Wilmot Mountain Undergoing Repairs For New Season

Chair 5 at Wilmot MountainOne of Wilmot Mountain’s most popular chairlifts, aka Chair 5, was down for much of last season much to the chagrin of its many patrons, but there’s some good news.

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Homestead Resort, Sleeping Bear Dunes Are Top Midwest Summer Attractions

The Homestead ResortOne of the top summer attractions in the Heartland and around the Great Lakes, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, last summer drew over 1.3 million visitors last summer that came to climb the dunes and enjoy this pristine environment. 

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Jim Seely Named Marketing Chief At Las Vegas Ski/Snowboard Resort

Jim SeelyJim Seely, a Las Vegas native and current member of the resort’s marketing staff, has been named Director of Marketing for  Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR).

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Trip Report: Century Old Resorts, Road Racing, Ice Age Trail In Southeast Wisconsin

Road America Wisconsin

With 130-some years as a Heartland tourist destination you could hardly call Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, sedate.

 

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Vail Resorts, Ski Club To Expand Racing Terrain, Facilities

Lindsey Vonn trains at Golden Peak Vail

A plan to expand its race and training terrain at Golden Peak has been submitted to the U.S. Forest Service by Vail Resorts. The plan increases available terrain by 68 acres, allowing for some 41 acres of additional trails, three surface lifts and more snowmaking.

 

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Blackjack To Acquire Indianhead; Deal Pending In Michigan’s UP

Indianhead looking at Blackjack

Blackjack LLC, owner of Blackjack Ski Resort, has executed an agreement to acquire next door neighbor Indianhead Mountain Resort, and the deal is expected to be consummated by the end of the month. 

 

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Fly To Jackson Hole From 13 Cities This Winter

Jackson Hole Airport

New jet non-stop service to Jackson Hole, Wyo. is set to be offered from 13 cities for the 2014-15 season. The announcement follows a successful season that showed an increase of 10 percent coming through the airport and a record number of skier days set at 530,000.

 

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Looking For Great Lakes Zipline Tours? Head To Boyne Country

Boyne hipline

Zipline tours are popular pursuits at ski resorts along the east coast and in the western mountains, but around the Great Lakes not so much.  You need to head to Michigan’s Boyne Country to find the Heartland’s only multiple zipline tours.  

 

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Powder Alliance Pass Program Crosses Border; BC's Silver Star Added

Silver Star

One of the widest reaching of the relatively new multi-resort passes — the Powder Alliance — has jumped the border into Canada, adding British Columbia's Silver Star to its list of western U.S. participants.

 

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Colorado's A-Basin Wraps Up 2013-14 Season Sunday

A-Basin

Eight months after kicking off Colorado’s record-breaking 2013-14 ski and ride season, Arapahoe Basin will operate for one final weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 20-22) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

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Montana’s Whitefish, Big Sky Resorts Offer Easy Access To National Parks

Yellowstone geysers

Summer is a great time to visit America’s national parks, and two of the most popular are easily accessed from a pair of trendy Montana resorts.

 

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Colorado Sets Record; 12.5 Million Hit The Slopes

Aspen

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced that statewide skier visits totaled an estimated 12.6 million for the 2013/14 ski season, the best season on record in the state. Colorado was up more than 10 percent compared to last season and more than 8 percent compared to the five-year-average. This report is courtesy of our partners, Mountain i Journals and was written by Allen Harvey.

 

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New Outdoor Adventures At Crystal Mountain, Mich. This Summer; Ropes, Zip, More

Ropes course at Crystal Mt.

Considered one of the Heartland’s top family resorts, Michigan’s Crystal Mountain is adding several new outdoor adventures this summer that will appeal to all family members.

 

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Vermont Ski Areas Celebrate ‘Steller Season’ — 4.5 Million Visits

Jay Peak powder day

Vermont’s resorts celebrated a stellar season at the Vermont Ski Areas Association annual meeting at Killington Resort. There were 4,503,269 skier and rider visits, nearly identical to last year’s near-record numbers.

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Shanty Creek, Hidden Valley, Mt. Holiday Summer Projects Underway

Hidden Valley MO adds new chair

Summer has barely started in the Heartland, but a trio of ski resorts already has projects underway to enhance skiing and riding conditions next winter. There are also some new summer offerings. 

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A-Basin Extends To ‘Summer Season’ -- 3 Weekends In June

A Basin

Not ready to pack it in yet? No need. Arapahoe Basin, Colo. will once again extend skiing and riding – this time for three weekends in June – into the “summer season.’

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Okemo To Host Vermont Symphony Orchestra June 27

VSO at Okemo

The baton drops on the Vermont Symphony Orchestra 2014 Summer Festival Tour at the Jackson Gore Inn at Vermont’s Okemo Mountain Resort, Friday, June 27. This will be the orchestra’s fourth appearance at Okemo.

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