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2013-14 Resort Upgrades

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ImprovementsWhistler.jpg
The ski industry is on the rebound: Skier visits were up last season, and resorts were champing at the bit to get started on expansions and upgrades. Here's what to look forward to this season.

Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

Look for: Two new lifts joining the fleet. The Harmony six-pack replaces a quad chair on Whistler, while Blackcomb’s Crystal Express high-speed quad takes the place of an old fixed-grip double in the Crystal Zone. The Crystal Express will increase lift capacity in that pod by a striking 56 percent.

Last Chair: Still Taking Flight

Last Chair: Still Taking Flight
Benny Wilson
After helping to tear down skiing's strict boundary regulations with the founding of the Jackson Hole Air Force, Benny Wilson asks the new young guns, what's the rush?

Benny Wilson helped found the Jackson Hole Air Force in the ’80s, bringing together a loose confederacy of rope-ducking, patrol-provoking alpine outlaws. They challenged Jackson, and other resorts, to open their boundaries in the late ’90s. Wilson now teaches new generations of Jackson riders. Here's what he has to say.

Jackson’s boundaries were officially opened in December 1998. Did that feel like a victory? 

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