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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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The Balsams Gets Green Light On Snowmaking Water Withdrawal; Real Estate Interest Strong

BalsamsThe New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has granted The Balsams, the venerable Dixville, N.H .resort, a Water Quality Certificate (WQC) under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act. The certificate grants The Balsams permission to withdraw water from the Androscoggin River for snowmaking at what is projected to become the largest ski resort in the northeastern United States. 

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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. Governor Signs Bi-partisan Law Making Balsams Redevelopment A Reality

NH Gov Signs Balsams BillNew Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed Senate Bill 30 into law formally paving the way for The Balsams Resort redevelopment team, led by resort developer Les Otten, to apply to Coos County for a redevelopment assessment district and the Business Finance Authority (BFA) for a credit enhancement as part of its proposed $145 million Phase 1 plan. 

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Peak Resorts Focuses On Marketing, Technology In Northeast; Promotes Two

Greg Fisher Peak ResortsPeak Resorts, headquartered in Missouri announced two promotions in the Northeast region.  Greg Fisher, General Manager of Mad River Mountain in Zanesfield, Ohio will become Northeast Director of Marketing, while Mike Chase,Director of Marketing Technology, at Mount Snow Resort in Vermont will become Director of Marketing Technology in the region.

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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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Spring Skiing Rolls On At XC Resorts; Not Time To Quit Yet

Bryncliff ResortAs the cross country ski season winds down, most XC ski areas close because of lack of skiers rather than lack of snow on the trails. The sun comes out, the temperature rises, and the XC skiers quit. Why? Are we infected with winter fatigue? Is the lure of spring time recreation too strong to ignore?

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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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Moguls Champion Hannah Kearney To Ski With Guests at Waterville Valley March 21

Hannah Kearney returns to WatervilleWaterville Valley Resort’s Hannah Kearney will be on the New Hampshire mountain to meet and ski with guests on March 21, 2015.

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Trip Report: Soaring Through The Wintry Forest On Bretton Woods Canopy Tour

Bretton woods Canopy TourWho says kids are the only ones who can have fun romping in the trees? Zip lines, sky bridges, rappels and a snow-covered forest made for an exhilarating day to play on the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour.

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SnoCountry's Best Silly Season Events; Duct Tape Derby To Flauschink Partying

Kayaking in spring at Crystal Mt.Looking for some spring fun on the slopes? Spring brings out “the silly season,” and for good reason according to Crystal Mountain’s Brian Lawson.  

 

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Balsams Developers Envision Largest Ski Area In The East; Construction Could Begin This Spring

The Balsams expansionDevelopers of The Balsams Resort went before the Coos County, N.H., Planning Board last week to give the board an update on their proposed $140 million project that would eventually make The Balsams the largest ski resort in the East.

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Powdery Northeast Winter On Track For Record-Breaking Snow Totals

Sunday River powderBoston has been breaking records left and right this winter for snowfall, but what about the mountain resorts in the Northeast? Many resorts across the region are looking at smashing year-end snow totals if they haven't already. Yes, it’s been cold, but that has meant super-fluffy powder days that New Englanders often have to head west to find.

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