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Whitetail spending more than $2 million on improvements

June 16, 2008|By JOSH SHAW

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Whitetail Resort plans to spend more than $2 million on improvements, including the addition of a new beginner trail that is expected to be open by the start of the 2008-09 ski and snowboard season.

The 2,800-foot trail will be the 20th at Whitetail and represents the resort's first major expansion since 1994. It also will have full lighting for night skiing and snowboarding, according to Matt See, Whitetail's marketing coordinator.

See said construction of the 80-foot-wide trail is one of many improvements being made to the ski and golf resort on Blairs Valley Road near Mercersburg.

"The expansion plans were started last year and next summer we are installing 54 deluxe town homes overlooking the resort," he said. "We want to make it more of a four-seasons resort."

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To ensure that the new trail will be snow-covered throughout the ski season, resort staff members plan to install a snow-making pump and 26 fan guns along the trail. The resort also is in the process of making general overall improvements to the lodge and other parts of the resort, See said.

In addition, Whitetail is building a 1,000-foot double chairlift to serve the Jib Junction Terrain Park.

The new trail does not have a name, but a contest to find the best name is under way. See said he received more than 400 suggestions, which were whittled down to six.

People may go to Whitetail's Web site at www.skiwhitetail.com and vote for their favorite name.

Voting will end July 3, and the winner will be announced shortly after, according to the Web site.

See said he expects the coming winter season to be particularly busy as a result of the improvements being made.

"With adding the new trail, it's something that is a pretty big draw to the resort," he said. "It is going to be a wonderful season and there is a lot of excitement up here."

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