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Ski resorts upgrade and refine to attract vacationers

SKI & WINTER

This winter, look for new luxury properties, restaurants, new lifts and bargain packages in California, Colorado, Utah and the Midwest and East.

December 13, 2009|By Dan Leeth | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

New Hampshire's Gunstock, (800) 486-7862, www.gunstock.com, and New York's Bristol Mountain, (585) 374-6000, www.bristolmountain.com, feature new quad chairlifts. Also in New York, the full-service Tamarack Lodge is opening at Holiday Valley, (716) 699-2345, www.holidayvalley.com, and at Greek Peak, (877) 965-6343, www.greekpeak.net, the 120-room Hope Lake Lodge features an indoor water park for skiers wanting to migrate from flakes to flow.

To push the flakes around, Maine's Saddleback, (866) 918-2225, www.saddlebackmaine.com, has added three new Pisten Bully groomers.

Across the border in Quebec, Stoneham, (888) 848-2411, www.ski-stoneham.com, has built a permanent Olympic-caliber half-pipe structure.

Midwest

Many Midwestern ski areas are luring skiers with bargains. In Minnesota, Spirit Mountain, (800) 642-6377, www.spiritmt.com, Welch Village, (651) 258-4567, www.welchvillage.com, and Giants Ridge, (800) 688-7669, www.giantsridge.com, offer a program in which $75 buys an unrestricted one-day lift ticket to each of the resorts.

In Michigan, Summit Mountain, (800) 678-4111, www.shantycreek.com/snowsports, will offer lift tickets for $10, and Alpine Valley, (248) 887-2180, www.skialpinevalley.com, will let women ski for $24 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Men get the same deal on Wednesdays.

For winter sleepovers in that state, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, (800) 462-6963, www.boyne.com, are offering limited $79-per-person lodging and lift packages. Pine Mountain Resort, (877) 553-7463, www.pinemountainresort.com, features weekend lodging and lifts for $278 per couple or $349 for a family of four.

Times staff contributed to this report.

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