North­east re­sorts in­vest in snow­mak­ing, off-slope ac­tiv­i­ties

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Be­fore the ski and snow­board sea­son gets crank­ing, here's a look at what's new at re­sorts around the North­east.

Snow­mak­ing, snow­mak­ing and more snow­mak­ing

After a dis­mal snow sea­son last win­ter with fre­quent warm-ups, re­sorts across the North­east con­tinue to in­vest in snow­mak­ing to bet­ter cover trails, open ear­lier and stay open longer, and to do it us­ing less en­ergy. The New Hamp­shire-owned and op­er­ated Can­non Moun­tain, for ex­am­ple, ex­pects to re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion by about 30 per­cent with the ad­di­tion of new snow­mak­ing guns and up­grades to older ones, for a to­tal of 479 guns. The project plus other main­te­nance cost more than $5 mil­lion.

World cup ski­ing re­turns to the east

The World Cup ski cir­cuit is re­turn­ing to the East Coast, after a 25-year ab­sence. Ver­mont's Killing­ton Re­sort will be host­ing the women's gi­ant slalom and slalom races on Nov. 26-27. Olympic and slalom world cham­pion Mikaela Shiffrin is among the 90 to 100 rac­ers from about 20 na­tions ex­pected to com­pete. To pre­pare for the race, Killing­ton started snow­mak­ing on Oct. 10.

More ter­rain

In its first ma­jor ex­pan­sion in more than 30 years, New Hamp­shire's Water­ville Val­ley Re­sort has added 45 acres and cut 10 new trails that will be served by a chair lift. The Green Peak ex­pan­sion in­cludes be­gin­ner, in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced ter­rain.

Lodg­ing

Burke Moun­tain Re­sort in north­ern Ver­mont has its first re­sort-owned slope-side lodg­ing. The 116room ski-in ski-out ho­tel and con­fer­ence cen­ter opened this fall with a pub, restau­rant, heated pool and hot tub and fit­ness cen­ter and views of the moun­tain on one side and Wil­loughby Gap on the other.

Fam­ily fun

Re­sorts con­tinue to add ac­tiv­i­ties for vis­i­tors other than ski­ing and rid­ing. This sum­mer, Ver­mont's Stowe Moun­tain Re­sort opened a roughly $20 mil­lion ad­ven­ture cen­ter that in­cludes ski and ride pro­grams for kids, a day­care pro­gram, a rock-climb­ing cen­ter, shops, and fam­ily friendly din­ing look­ing out over the out­door ice skat­ing rink and the in­door climb­ing cen­ter. The rock-climb­ing cen­ter has 16 climb­ing sta­tions and a free-stand­ing 40-foot climb­ing tower.

On the other side of Mount Mans­field, Smug­glers' Notch is also boost­ing its ameni­ties for fam­i­lies, build­ing a 26,000-square-foot Fun Zone that's ex­pected to open in March 2017. It will in­clude a two-floor laser tag arena, mini-golf, a 30-foot dou­ble-sided climb­ing wall, a slot-car track and a cafe. At Omni Mount Wash­ing­ton Re­sort in Bret­ton Woods, New Hamp­shire, the win­ter sea­son pro­gram­ming in­cludes trails for fat bik­ing (bikes with over­sized tires that can han­dle snow and mud).

— AP pho­tos

In this file photo, the Lodge at Burke Moun­tain is pic­tured on the day it of­fi­cially opened in East Burke, Vt.

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