American Skiing Co. gets thumbs-up on 3 development plans

NEWRY, Maine -- The American Skiing Co. received approval to move forward with resort development projects at the Canyons, Utah; Killington, Vt., and Heavenly Ski Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

The Canyons received final approval from the Summit County (Utah) Board of Commissioners, and Killington won a voter-approved zoning change.

Extensive resort villages are in the works at both destinations. The 15-year expansion project at the Canyons is expected to transform the property into the largest ski resort in the U.S.

Officials at Heavenly Ski Resort and the town of South Lake Tahoe have entered into a "disposition and development agreement" to build two resort hotels on a newly purchased tract of 9.25 acres. The project also will include an eight-person gondola.

The American Skiing Co. owns and operates Steamboat in Colorado; Killington, Mount Snow and Sugarbush in Vermont; Sunday River and Sugarloaf/USA in Maine; Attitash Bear Peak in New Hampshire; the Canyons in Utah, and Heavenly Resort in California/Nevada.

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