After a banner 2009-2010 winter season, Whitetail is plowing profits back into the resort with $4 million in capital improvements. In June, 2010, the Pennsylvania Resort began cutting a new 1,800-foot long beginner trail. Serviced by the Easy Rider quad, the Ledgewood trail will be adjacent to the existing Snow Park trail, and will raise Whitetail’s total trail count to 22. Whitetail is also increasing its snowmaking capacity, upgrading the Marketplace dining area, adding a Prinoth BR340 Snow Groomer, and adding a clubhouse to the Whitetail Golf Resort.
At 50 feet wide, the Ledgewood trail will provide another avenue for beginner skiers and snowboarders to explore the mountain. The trail will be utilized by the ski and snowboard school. Due to the geography of the mountain, Whitetail has to move close to 80,000 cubic yards of earth to shape the new trail. The trail will be lit for night skiing, and covered with snow by 15 new M12 Techno-Alpin fan guns. The state-of-the-art guns are fully automated.
Whitetail is expanding the grill area at the Marketplace dining area, and making changes to improve the flow of the building. A new bakery will serve fresh pastries throughout the season.
This fall, Whitetail will begin constructing a new clubhouse to service the Whitetail Golf Resort. The 9,500 square foot clubhouse will offer golfers a fully stocked pro shop with the latest in clothing and equipment, a full service dining room and snack bar, a meeting room, and outdoor patios.
“At Whitetail Resort we continue to focus on the guest experience as we undertake our upgrades for the 2011-11 winter ski and snowboard season,” said Don MacAskill, President and General Manager of the resort. “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,” he added.
This summer, Whitetail is hosting Adventure Camps and offering golf. Dusty Wissmath continues to operate his popular Fly Fishing School and Guide Service, based out of the resort.
Whitetail has made significant enhancements during the past several seasons, investing nearly $9 million over the past three years. During the summer of 2008, Whitetail invested $3 million in improvements, unveiling the new Sidewinder beginner trail and adding a double chairlift to serve its terrain park. During 2009, Whitetail invested $1.7 million in upgrades, adding a brand new halfpipe, new terrain park, and a new beginner adult carpet lift.
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M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.
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