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By GREG TASKER | January 22, 1995
Not all roads lead to Clear Spring but the few that do have been the measure by which this town's fortunes rise and fall.The great national road -- now known as the Old National Pike or Route 40 -- brought the first influx of travelers to the taverns, inns, hotels and stagecoach stops along East Cumberland Street. Clear Spring prospered as an endless parade of westbound wagons from Baltimore lined the streets. Some 2,500 people -- many on horseback and foot -- passed through the town each month during the height of the California Gold Rush in the late 1840s.
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By Buzz McClain | November 18, 2013
The first thing you need to know about snow tubing is that it's exhausting. The second thing is that it's a ton of snow-bound fun, no matter how old you are. The folks at regional ski resorts realized several years ago not everyone is capable of, or enjoys, skiing and snowboarding but perhaps those people still want to join in the wintry thrills. Snow tubing is the solution. It requires no skill other than the ability to sit on a large recreational tube with handles; you don't even have to steer since you'll be gliding down a divided glazed lane cleverly stacked with occasional moguls (small bumps)
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By Eileen Ogintz and Eileen Ogintz,TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER | December 10, 2006
It's not easy being 3 -- especially at a ski resort. Just ask Ethan Sitzman, who is 3 1 / 2 (not 3!) and heading to ski school for the first time at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. There are all those clothes to put on: long underwear, fleece sweat shirt, heavy socks, ski pants and jacket, goggles, ski helmet, waterproof mittens and the orange bib tied over his jacket that designates Ethan as a ski school cub who hasn't yet learned to stop on his skis. How come the mittens keep falling off?
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2012
The wicked warm spell that bedeviled the region's ski areas last year has been broken. Snow guns, ably assisted by Wednesday's surprise storm, are turning the brownscape of late fall into the dazzling white of winter. "That storm gave us a big kick. We're opening Friday," said Katrina Gayman, marketing director at Pennsylvania's Whitetail Mountain Resort, 90 minutes northwest of Baltimore. "Now we're going to be sitting pretty. " That goes for Whitetail's sister resorts - Liberty and Roundtop - which expect to open some trails Saturday morning.
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By Randall Weissman and Randall Weissman,Chicago Tribune | December 16, 2007
SUN VALLEY, IDAHO -- Pause at the top of Bald Mountain on a brilliant day and it's clear how the Sawtooth Range got its name -- its silver peaks glistening in the sunlight high above the Ketchum Valley that spreads out below. It's just as easy to see why Averill Harriman chose this area for Sun Valley, America's first destination ski resort. In 1935, the Union Pacific chairman had commissioned a young Austrian, Felix Schaff-gotsch, to find a suitable location for a winter resort to draw rail passengers to the West.
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By Meg Lukens and Meg Lukens,New York Times News Service | December 21, 2003
Ski resort operators have their fingers crossed for another winter like the 2002-2003 season, when a series of huge snowstorms, surging interest among young skiers and snowboarders, and enticing lift ticket and lodging discounts helped them post their third consecutive record year. Industry analysts say last year's strong showing -- measured in "skier visits" -- demonstrates the remarkable resilience of mountain resorts. Ski areas are showing vitality despite long-held fears that the sport's aging core market and lack of new participants would eventually be its downfall.
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By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2003
Hold on to your ski cap, baby. Just a few weeks into winter, the Baltimore area has received more than half of its average annual snowfall. And meteorologists who have studied El Nino winters past say the worst may be yet to come. "I'd keep my snow shovel and ice melt handy," said meteorologist Jim Travers at the National Weather Service's Sterling, Va., forecast office. After the warmth of last winter, the talk of snow has come as a relief to some area ski resorts and businesses -- as well as drought-stricken area reservoirs.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2011
The owners of a ski resort near Deep Creek Lake have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-law protection while they try to resolve financial difficulties related to another business. DC Development LLC, which owns Wisp Resort in Garrett County, announced the filing Sunday. The company has been unable to renegotiate the repayment of a $28.5 million loan with BB&T Corp. The loan was tied to the construction of an 18-hole golf course and community called Lodestone Golf Club. The golf club property, which is near the ski resort, has experienced lackluster sales of home sites.
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By Deidre Nerreau McCabe and Deidre Nerreau McCabe,Sun Staff Writer | January 22, 1995
Eight weeks into the ski season and Maryland has yet to see snow on the ground. Warm-weather buffs may be rejoicing, but the ski industry isn't."We're just like the farmer," said Jerry Geisler, operations manager of Wisp Ski Resort in McHenry. "We get out of it what Mother Nature puts in."This year, Mother Nature has not been kind to the industry.After an unseasonably warm December and January, ski resorts, manufacturers and retailers report sluggish sales and are wistfully recalling frigid winters of years past.
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By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,Special to The Sun | November 13, 1994
On a busy Saturday when several thousand skiers are on the slopes at Ski Liberty, 10 to 20 people may be reprimanded for reckless behavior and required to participate in a skier re-education program before returning to the slopes."
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2012
Baffling but true: Not all writers hold editors in high esteem. But the poor dears sometimes have difficulty expressing themselves clearly. To help them out, I have constructed some "your editor" insults, on the model of "yo mama" invective. Contributors are invited to exercise their imaginations through the comments function. Your editor's so dumb, she thinks hapax legomenon is the name of a skin disease.* Your editor's so dumb, he thinks alumnis is a plural.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2011
Liberty Mountain Resort has $1 million in new snowmaking equipment ready to roar, but the ski area one hour northwest of Baltimore can't buy a flake this season. The lifts are quiet at nearby Whitetail Resort, which has a Santa video on its website pleading for winter weather, and at Roundtop Mountain Resort, where crews are laboring to lay down a thin layer of white on Fanny Hill and Lafayette's Leap. Even Wisp Resort in colder Western Maryland is operating only four of its 32 runs.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2011
The owners of a ski resort near Deep Creek Lake have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-law protection while they try to resolve financial difficulties related to another business. DC Development LLC, which owns Wisp Resort in Garrett County, announced the filing Sunday. The company has been unable to renegotiate the repayment of a $28.5 million loan with BB&T Corp. The loan was tied to the construction of an 18-hole golf course and community called Lodestone Golf Club. The golf club property, which is near the ski resort, has experienced lackluster sales of home sites.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2011
Selling a ski resort near Deep Creek Lake is one of several options that its owners are considering to resolve financial difficulties related to another business. Karen Myers, one of the three partners of Wisp Resort in Garrett County, said in a brief interview Thursday that the partners were having trouble negotiating the repayment of a $28.5 million loan with BB&T Corp. The loan was tied to the construction of an 18-hole golf course and a community near Deep Creek Lake, which is experiencing lackluster sales of home sites, Myers said.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,sun reporter | December 22, 2007
It's been warm. It's been windy and rainy. It hasn't been ski weather, at least not at all the region's ski resorts. But the ski resorts to the north and the west of Baltimore report that there is snow on the mountains and that the ski, snowboard and snow-tube trails are ready. Winterplace Ski Resort Flat Top, W.Va. winterplace.com 800-607-7669 All-day lift ticket: $43 ($57 weekends) Beginners' class: $81.95-$95.95 The 16 tubing lanes were not open this week, but snow-making power has been expanded.
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By Randall Weissman and Randall Weissman,Chicago Tribune | December 16, 2007
SUN VALLEY, IDAHO -- Pause at the top of Bald Mountain on a brilliant day and it's clear how the Sawtooth Range got its name -- its silver peaks glistening in the sunlight high above the Ketchum Valley that spreads out below. It's just as easy to see why Averill Harriman chose this area for Sun Valley, America's first destination ski resort. In 1935, the Union Pacific chairman had commissioned a young Austrian, Felix Schaff-gotsch, to find a suitable location for a winter resort to draw rail passengers to the West.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2012
Baffling but true: Not all writers hold editors in high esteem. But the poor dears sometimes have difficulty expressing themselves clearly. To help them out, I have constructed some "your editor" insults, on the model of "yo mama" invective. Contributors are invited to exercise their imaginations through the comments function. Your editor's so dumb, she thinks hapax legomenon is the name of a skin disease.* Your editor's so dumb, he thinks alumnis is a plural.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2011
Selling a ski resort near Deep Creek Lake is one of several options that its owners are considering to resolve financial difficulties related to another business. Karen Myers, one of the three partners of Wisp Resort in Garrett County, said in a brief interview Thursday that the partners were having trouble negotiating the repayment of a $28.5 million loan with BB&T Corp. The loan was tied to the construction of an 18-hole golf course and a community near Deep Creek Lake, which is experiencing lackluster sales of home sites, Myers said.
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By CYNTHIA TUCKER | November 19, 2007
ATLANTA -- The mythology of the Old West is replete with tales of dry land and drought, of parched landscapes and prayers for rain. Hollywood has told many a story of rainmakers - men, and occasionally women, who wandered the prairie with promises of a magic that could cause the heavens to open up and pour water down upon the earth. Suddenly, the desperation that drove such claims doesn't seem so far-fetched in the Southeastern United States, where severe drought is drying up wells and emptying reservoirs.
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By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,Sun foreign reporter | June 18, 2007
SOCHI, Russia -- The two-lane road from the old Soviet-style airport to the center of town has become an avenue of billboards showing men, women and children on skis and snowboards, riding chairlifts and chasing hockey pucks. On their faces is the promise of what might come to be in this city in southern Russia, and something Russians have historically had little experience with: hope. Dubbed the "Russian Riviera" - which, granted, is a bit of an embellishment - Sochi has palm trees and parasailing and a shoreline stretching dozens of miles along the temperate Black Sea coast.
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