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N.J. Ski Areas Dwindle To Two As Hidden Valley Hits Auction Block

Hidden Valley NJ

And then there were two. That’s the story right now in New Jersey where Hidden Valley, in Vernon, one of three such operations remaining in the state, goes on the auction block October 1.

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Montana's Bridger Bowl Installs Two New Lifts; Spending Over $4 Million

Bridger Bowl new chairlift install

Popular Montana ski area Bridger Bowl will be ready for ski season with two new lifts that will access over 500 acres of multi-level terrain. More than $4 million is being spent on the installation.

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Vermont Entourage Off To Far East In Funding Pursuit; Jay Peak, Burke To Benefit

Burke Mt. Board Glades

Grand plans for Jay PeakBurke Mountain, Newport and the entire Northeast Kingdom in Vermont may well take another step forward next week as resort and state officials pursue funding in China and Vietnam.


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Several Midwest Season Passes Also Have Eastern, Western Connections

Boyne Resorts

Many season passes add extra value through discounted rentals, food, ski shop apparel, and other perks, but several Heartland season passes also include alliances with western and eastern ski resorts. Check them out. There are some good benefits if you’re planning a ski vacation outside the Midwest this winter.

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Lake Placid, N.Y. Events Offer Preview Of Winter Olympic Games


Hannah Kearney

Sochi’s Olympic Winter Games are still five months away, but the run-up to the competitions in Russia starts next month for many American athletes. Not in Russia, but at Lake Placid, N.Y.


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Trip Report: Wisconsin Dells Is Great Lakes Natural Theme Park

Wisconsin Dells

Long before Disney World, MGM, Universal, and all the rest, Wisconsin Dells, in the south-central portion of Wisconsin, was entertaining visitors with natural wonders. Dell’s guided boat trips on the Wisconsin River through glacial carved canyons of sandstone have been going on for over a century.

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Pennsylvania's Seven Springs Acquires Neighboring Hidden Valley


Hidden Valley PA

It may have been the worst kept secret in ski country. Three media outlets in western Pennsylvania reported last week on the purported sale of Hidden Valley Resort to Bob Nutting, the owner of Seven Springs Mountain Resort, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Ogden newspapers, based in Wheeling, W. Va..


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Crystal Mountain Replacing Classic Buck Chair; New Slope, New Glades

Buck Lift construction Crystal Mt. Mich

As part of $3 million dollars in improvements underway this summer at Michigan’s Crystal Mountain, skiers and riders can look forward to a new quad chairlift, regraded slope and new glades. 

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Save On Colorado Ski Passes At Labor Day Sales

Sniagrab Denver

Colorado skiers and snowboarders will find significant savings on ski passes at the holiday weekend sales, according to Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), a trade association. 


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Vermont's Okemo Invests In Low-Energy Snowmaking Technology; Early Season Boost

Okemo tower guns

Ski areas like Vermont's Okemo Mountain Resort are looking for the best of all worlds when it comes to snowmaking: make the most snow, in the least amount of time, reducing their use of electricity while being as sustainable as possible.To that end the technology is there to help them achieve those goals. 


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New Owner, New Vision For New York's West Mountain

West Mountain

 Two months ago the picture at West Mountain outside Glens Falls, N.Y. in the southern Adirondacks, looked uncertain with current management declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy to avoid a foreclosure proceeding. West owed Zion National Bank nearly $5 million, and was left with no cash. The mountain was its collateral.


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Deal Combines Montana's Big Sky, Moonlight Basin Into Largest Ski Resort In Lower 48

Moonlight Basin

CrossHarbor Capital Partners LLC and Boyne Resorts, owner of Big Sky Resort, has entered into an agreement to purchase Moonlight Basin Resort, which straddles the other side of Lone Mountain. The acquisition will create the largest ski resort in the Lower 48.

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Public/Private Partnership Works For Gore Mountain Community

Gore Mountain (Facebook)

The Town of Johnsburg in New York’s Southern Adirondacks, wherein lies Gore Mountain, is using its cooperative relationship with FrontStreet Mountain Development to contribute to a better ski and ride experience at the resort.

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Top 10 Island In World Is Off Michigan’s Shore

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island, immortalized by period movie "Somewhere In Time" with Christopher Reeves, has long been one of the Great Lakes most recognized vacation destinations. Conde Nest Traveler calls it “One of the top 10 islands in the world.” 

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Whaleback Retained By Bank At Auction; Foundation Interested In Future

Save The Whale

The dream of Olympic mogul skier Evan Dybvig, Dylan Goodspeed, and Frank Sparrow officially ended Aug. 1. That’s when Whaleback Mountain, in Enfield, N.H., was sold at a foreclosure auction, or perhaps better yet, retained by the Randolph National Bank, the sole bidder for the 154-acre property.

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Multi-Million Dollar Improvements For Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton On Schedule

Afton Alps

Vail Resorts purchased two Midwest ski areas, Michigan’s Mt. Brighton and Afton Alps in Minnesota last winter, promising $10 million in improvements for each area during the off season, and it looks like they are on schedule.

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N.Y. Private Ski Resorts Not Happy With State’s Support Of Belleayre


Private ski areas in New York’s Catskill Mountains are not sitting quietly as neighboring Belleayre Mountain is approved for $74 million in state money for capital improvements over five years.


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Lift Served Mountain Biking In The Midwest; Find It At Five Resorts

Crystal Mt. Mich. mountain biking

Lift served mountain biking takes place at many western and eastern ski areas and is a popular summer draw for customers. Heartland mountain bikers aren’t so lucky, but there are five ski areas offering lift availability in the Midwest.

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Powder Ridge Set To Come Back To Life In November

Powder Ridge

Sean Hayes is a man with no experience in the snow sports industry, yet he’s the front man with a keen vision. Along with Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park, who are the new owners of the defunct Powder Ridge, the ski and ride area in Connecticut, intends to open once again Nov. 27. The two – Powder Ridge and the nearby discovery park – are nine miles apart.


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Snowboard Camps Scheduled At Treetops, Mich. Through Fall

Summer CampsWith the heat wave dripping across the Heartland thoughts of winter, skiing and snowboarding keep running through my head. Take heart Midwestern shredders and check out the new summer snowboard and freestyle ski camps taking place at Treetops Resort in northern Michigan.

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