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Whitetail Resort to make $4 million in improvements

June 05, 2010
  • Foster Kaetzel stirs up some snow during a competition last year at Whitetail Resort. The Mercersburg, Pa., resort will be getting some major upgrades in 2010, Whitetail Resort President and General Manager Don MacAskill said.
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MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- Coming off the best season in the resort's 19-year history, Whitetail Resort is gearing up for what will be a very busy offseason on the mountain.

More than $4 million will go into improving the resort over the summer months, according to a news release. These improvements include a new 1,800-foot beginner trail, additional snowmaking capacity, upgrades to the Marketplace dining area, a new Prinoth BR350 Snow Groomer and a new golfer-friendly clubhouse at Whitetail Golf Resort.

Atop the list of capital improvements for the upcoming season is the cutting of a new beginner trail, Ledgewood, adjacent to the existing Snow Park trail. This 1,800-foot-long trail will serve as additional teaching terrain for the ski and snowboard school.

Whitetail Resort will continue its investment in more energy-efficient snowmaking equipment by adding 15 brand new Techno-Alpin fan guns to the new Ledgewood trail. This will allow Whitetail to make plenty of snow when cold temperatures arrive this winter.

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Also this summer, Whitetail Resort will upgrade the Marketplace dining area inside the base lodge. These improvements include an expanded grill area and a new bakery that will serve fresh pastries to skiers and snowboarders throughout the season, according to the release.

A new Prinoth BR350 also will be added to the resort's fleet of snow groomers.

In addition to all of the winter improvements, Whitetail Resort will be building a 9,500-square-foot clubhouse at the Whitetail Golf Resort. This new clubhouse will offer golfers a fully stocked pro shop featuring the latest in golf equipment and clothing, a full-service dining room and snack bar, a meeting room as well as outdoor patios for barbecues and special functions. Construction of the new clubhouse is scheduled to begin this fall.

"At Whitetail Resort we continue to focus on the guest experience as we undertake our upgrades for the 2010-11 winter ski and snowboard season. In addition to the major improvements to our ski operation, we are investing in our spring and summer operations to help establish Whitetail Resort as the premier four season resort in the region," Whitetail Resort President and General Manager Don MacAskill said in a news release.

In the summer, Whitetail also hosts Dusty Wissmath's Fly Fishing School and Guide Service, as well as hosting the first annual Whitetail Resort Adventure Camps.

This summer, Whitetail Resort will host children ages 8 to 14 from across the region for its first annual Adventure Camps during the weeks of June 21-25 and July 12-16.

Campers can look forward to enjoying a variety of activities ranging from archery, fly fishing and kayaking to digital photography and challenge course activities.

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