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Balsams Receives Wetlands Permit; Redevelopment Is On A Roll

Balsams ExpansionThe Balsams in northern New Hampshire has passed still another hurdle on its way to becoming what developers say will be the largest ski resort in the East.

 

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Sunapee Stats Tell Us Eastern Snows Will Come

Mt. SunapeeEastern skiers and riders are surely disappointed with the warm start to the season this year, but if you look at long-term trends and averages, there is hope on the horizon. 

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Loon's Camp III Lodge Renovation Means Better Access, Seating

Loon Camp III Lodge deckNew Hampshire's Loon Mountain's most popular on-mountain dining spot, the rustic Camp III lodge at the base of North Peak, underwent a major renovation this summer. The newly-renovated lodge will feature seating for an additional 50 patrons, more efficient layout, and several new menu items.

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Bretton Woods Opens For Season; First In Granite State

Mika at Bretton WoodsNew Hampshire’s Bretton Woods opened Wednesday, Nov.18 as the state’s first mountain to offer runs for the season. The snowmaking team worked around the clock after a long-awaited snap of cold weather this week  to prepare for a sneak preview of things to come this season at New Hampshire’s largest ski area.

 

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Peak Resorts' Midwest Passholders Get Perks Across The Peaks

Mount SnowMidwest skiers and riders get some nice perks when purchasing a season pass at any of the six Heartland ski areas. Pass holders from Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri and Paoli Peaks in Indiana receive half-off daily lift ticket rates at all of the Midwest locations, and eastern ski areas Jack Frost/Big Boulder and Crotched Mountain. All you have to do is present your season pass and photo ID.

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Zoning Changes Advance Balsams Development Plan; Could Become Largest In East

BalsamsNew Hampshire's Coos County Commission and Coos County Delegation have approved three zoning amendments that are essential to the Balsams Resort’s proposed redevelopment.

 

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All In The Family: 'Mueller Mantra' Thrives East And West

Mueller familyThere’s an uncanny ability to sense what visitors and vacationers are seeking. If it’s adventure, they supply it — mountain coasters, pipes, parks, canopy tours, fine dining. If childcare, they provide it. Music, got it. Basics? All covered.

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USSA Designates Cannon Mountain As Official Training Site

Cannon Mt.U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) ski racers from across the east will benefit from a newly designated USSA Training Site with the Mittersill race and training venue at Cannon Mountain Ski Area in Franconia, N.H. 

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SnoCountry's Best Fall Northeast Outdoor Dining

Cliff House at StoweCrisp autumn air and moderate temperatures make for the perfect time to head to your favorite resort for some al fresco dining. Here are SnoCountry’s favorites for a fall trip to take in the colors and enjoy a cocktail or meal on the deck.

 

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Strudel To Steins: Octoberfests Are Ski Resort Fall Staple

October fest at SnowbirdMany American towns adopted the popular Munich festival of Oktoberfest due to their German immigrant populations. Ski resorts have followed, offering celebrations with traditional Bavarian music, dancing, beer, food, and activities. Most offer free admission and lodging specials. 

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New Hampshire's White Mountain Resorts Plan For Fall Foliage Fun

Highland Games At LoonAs the kids make their way back to school, resorts in the White Mountains of New Hampshire are making preparations for the upcoming foliage season. Leaf peepers and thrill seekers still have plenty of time to enjoy the mountains as we wait for the snow to fly.

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New Pass Programs, $1 Million-Plus In Capital Improvements Underway At Pats Peak, NH

Pats PeakFresh off the heels of the Cascade Basin expansion, which added six new trails and a new lift, New Hampshire's Pats Peak has invested another $1 million in capital improvements for the 2015-2016 season.

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New Lift-Served Evolution Mountain Bike Park To Open July 4 At Okemo

Okemo Bike ParkOkemo Mountain Resort has added lift-serviced mountain biking to its lineup of summer and fall amenities. The South Ridge Quad A will provide access to more than three miles of trails in the resort’s Clock Tower base area as the first phase in the development of the Evolution Bike Park at Okemo. The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo will be open for the July Fourth weekend.

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N.H. House Sets Up Taxing District To Pave Way For Balsams Re-Do

Balsams ResortNew Hampshire's House of Representatives passed an amended bill creating a special taxing district allowing the state to back $28 million in bonds toward redeveloping the Balsams Resort and ski area, which closed in 2011.

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Lingering Snowfall Across East Assures Good Conditions For Weekend, Beyond; West Freshies By Tax Day

Mad River Glen April 2015Unseasonably cool temperatures and more precipitation in the Northeast will keep the ski and snowboard season open at least through the weekend.

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Better-Late-Than-Never Snows In Far West While Northern New England Keeps On Going

Wildcat spring skiingBits and pieces of winter will sprinkle across the country for the next week, with Front Range Colorado getting the bulk of new stuff while New England’s winter weather gods just don’t seem to want to let go.

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Balsams Reopening One Step Closer As NH Senate Passes Financing Bill; 'Not A State Loan'

The BalsamsThe future renovation and expansion of The Balsams moved one step closer to reality last week when the New Hampshire state Senate unanimously approved a bill that would allow for the creation of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts in unincorporated places in the state.

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Trip Report: New Hampshire's Gunstock Takes Relaxed, Family-Friendly Approach To Winter

Gunstock's Blunderstoke Park“We are in the business of making people smile,” Gunstock Mountain Resort’s Bill Quigley told SnoCountry.com. Quigley says people who aren’t skiers and riders miss out on an amazing element of living in the Northeast: the ability to love being outside in the winter, whether they ski, ride, bike, snowshoe or tube on the snow.

 

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Loon Mountain Plans South Peak Learning Center Expansion; New Trails, Lifts, Lodge, Tubing

Loon Mt. expansionNew Hampshire’s Loon Mountain plans to construct 13 new trails and add two fixed grip chairlifts as part of a ski and snowboard Learning Center expansion project at the South Peak area. The proposed new learning center would include a new snow tubing facility, two surface lifts and 21 acres of new beginner terrain and associated snowmaking. The U.S. Forest Service has already approved plans for a South Peak expansion.

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New Hampshire Childhood Cancer Lifeline Tops $25,000 At Pats Peak

Pats Peak raises funds for Childhood Cancer LifelineThe Childhood Cancer Lifeline 2015 event at Pats Peak raised over $25,000, insuring much needed support for New Hampshire families who have a child battling cancer. 

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