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SKI & WINTER

Ski resorts upgrade and refine to attract vacationers

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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