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Vail Resorts to give Afton Alps ski area $10M facelift

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Vail Resorts plans to spend nearly $10 million on upgrades at Afton Alps this summer, including better snowmaking equipment to extend the skiing and snowboarding season, the Business Journal reports.

The Star Tribune says the Colorado-based skiing giant also plans to modernize the base area facilities and create state-of-the-art terrain parks with new features and rope tows.

"We're thrilled that Afton Alps is now a part of our family of resorts," Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts, said in a news release. "It's a very special place steeped in snow sports tradition and we intend to honor that legacy by bringing additional enhancements to the ski area and creating more value for Minnesota skiers and riders in their season pass choices."

Vail Resorts bought Afton Alps and another ski resort in Michigan about three months ago for a combined $20 million.

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