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December 13, 2009 | By Dan Leeth, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Running a ski area is like owning a suburban tract home. There never seems to be a shortage of improvements to be made. So it has been with winter resorts this year. Despite the lingering recession, developers and slope owners have been writing checks for a plethora of enhancements. Most fall into one of three broad categories: developing real estate, enticing visitors with real bargains and augmenting real snow. West Western ski areas have invested in snowmaking, grooming trails and pricing deals, but the big money in the big mountains has been spent developing bigger base areas.
January 8, 1997 | BOB LOCHNER
California ski resorts are up and running again after some of the wildest weather in recent memory. Some high-country roads still have problems, but the cleanup continues at a rapid pace after the heavy snow, rain and high winds that punctuated the holidays.
June 3, 2007 | Rosemary McClure, Times Staff Writer
Summers are sizzlers in Scottsdale, Ariz., but here's a hotel deal that might take your mind off the heat. The deal: Spend $100 and receive a $100 dining credit at the Millennium Resort Scottsdale McCormick Ranch. The hotel's See, Sun and Save package offers guests room rates as low as $100 a night. Participants receive a food and beverage credit for $100 that can be used at the resort's Pinon Grill, Diamondbacks Lounge or Cabana Bar & Grill or for room service.
June 16, 1998 | ERIC RIMBERT
Fantasy Island, the 23-acre entertainment venue that has been the source of numerous legal battles over the last five years, will be offered for sale at a public auction July 9. The property is owned by members of the Datner family. In the past, homeowners on Triunfo Canyon Road had complained that the resort was too noisy and caused traffic congestion. Neighboring residents have filed hundreds of complaints concerning zoning permits and business licenses.
January 21, 1999
After several years of wrangling among the property owner, the city and its residents, plans to redevelop the Treasure Island mobile home park into a luxury resort have hit another delay: Opponents have gathered enough signatures on a petition to force a public vote. The Laguna Beach City Council, which backs the high-priced hotel proposal, agreed Tuesday to set April 27 as the date for the referendum.
December 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
American Skiing Co. said it had agreed to sell Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., one of the nation's largest ski areas, for $265 million in cash to Canadian resort operator Intrawest Corp. The move, which is subject to regulatory approval, would bolster Intrawest's resort holdings in Colorado to three while helping American Skiing's bottom line.
February 27, 1985 | Associated Press
A state commission Tuesday renewed Resorts International Inc.'s gaming license for its Atlantic City casino, rejecting a recommendation by investigators that the permit be revoked because of the owners' business dealings in the Bahamas. Those dealings include a total of $421,000 in payments that indirectly reached the Bahamian prime minister when Resorts was negotiating to open a casino-hotel in Freeport.
November 19, 1993 | Associated Press
Alpine Meadows joined the handful of Sierra ski resorts that have launched pre-Thanksgiving seasons when it opened one run this week and said two more runs may be opened this weekend in light of an approaching storm. Along with Alpine Meadows, only Boreal has opened in the Tahoe area. Mammoth is open in the central Sierra and Squaw Valley USA and Northstar at Tahoe plan Saturday openings.
December 9, 2003 | Charles Duhigg
Choosing an environmentally friendly ski resort got more complicated last week after a coalition of environmental organizations released its annual Ski Area Environmental Scorecard. The Ski Area Citizens' Coalition, a collection of 24 groups, evaluated the environmental and development activities of 76 U.S. ski resorts since 2000. The average grade for Western ski resorts, a middling C+, is higher than in prior years.
January 23, 1989 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, Times Staff Writer
After two winters of skimpy storms and warm temperatures, ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada are celebrating heavy snow and hordes of returning skiers. From Mammoth Mountain north to Donner Pass, ski resort operators say the slopes and cross-country trails are covered by a snow pack 8 to 10 feet deep. In Yosemite Valley--where temperatures are usually warmer and snow melts quickly--rangers report 18 inches. "It's beautiful," said Yosemite National Park Supt. Jack Morehead.
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