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Improvements in the works at Whitetail

July 02, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Ticket booths, a retail shop and administrative offices will be grouped together in a 17,000-square-foot expansion that's now under construction at Whitetail Mountain Resort.

The addition will help smooth out logistics at the resort, Marketing Coordinator Chris Black said.

Group sales and guest services will be near each other. Also, resort officials won't have to repeatedly trek a half-mile from their office to the mountain and back.

"It'll be nice not having to run back and forth 20 times a day during the winter," he said.

Black said that Whitetail owner Snow Time Inc., of York, Pa., is investing about $3 million in the latest round of improvements.

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Last year, Snow Time spent about $3 million on new snowmaking equipment.

Besides the addition, Whitetail is completing five to seven runs for tubing, plus a tubing lodge, Black said. Work on the runs began several years ago, but was never finished.

Also, a ski school building is being constructed to replace temporary trailers, Black said.

Finally, the resort plans for the first time to light up three of the four expert slopes at night next season. Black said that means that a total of 17 of the 19 runs will be lighted.

After the addition, the resort will have a total of at least 40,000 square feet of building space, Black said.

The addition will let the ski shop move out of its basement quarters in one building and into a slightly bigger space. It will also allow the food area to expand a little too, he said.

Rockwell Construction Co. of Mercersburg is the contractor in charge of the project.

Black said work on the addition began in April and will be finished around the end of August.

All of the improvements will be completed in time for the winter ski season, he said.

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