Highlights of changes at Hidden Valley by the Buncher Co.:
The Buncher Co., a Pittsburgh-based real estate developer, buys the 1,500-acre resort on Aug. 31 from the Kettler family for $12.4 million. Its goal is "to return Hidden Valley to its glory days as a premier family resort."
It commenced with these upgrades:
• Installed new roofs on the base lodge and other buildings, replaced decks and carpeting, upgraded roads and parking lots, restored the clock tower and added lighting, signage, wireless Internet and mountain cams.
• Purchased 30 fully automated TechnoAlpin snowmaking machines and two snow-grooming machines.
• Purchased new rental equipment.
• Opened a full-service ski and snowboard shop, as well as a bakery cafe in the base lodge, a John Harvard's franchise and full-service restaurant at Outback Park.
• Installed a four-passenger lift to serve the Imperial, Road Runner, Cobra and Model T slopes and provide access to the North Summit, as well as a loading conveyor for improved access to the quad.
• Purchased 50 TechnoAlpin snowmaking machines, making Hidden Valley the largest TechnoAlpin installation in the country.
• Installed five miles of underground water lines and a water pump station for snowmaking system.
• Purchased snow grooming machines for the slopes, trails and terrain parks.
• Opened a new snacks and beverages building at the base of the North Summit area.
• Purchased rental equipment.
• Started the season with $20 weekend and weekday lift tickets for adults and children through Dec. 18 and then $25 weekday lift tickets for the remainder of the season.
• Opened a beginner slope with a conveyor lift.
• Introduced a $99 Stocking Stuffer Card -- three lift tickets for $99 -- for purchase over the Christmas holidays.
• Opened Voyageur Glades, a 3½-acre tract of gently sloped terrain for glade skiing on the North Summit.
• Opened a terrain park on the lower section of Jaguar, the former site of a half-pipe. It is served by a handle tow.
• Upgraded all 80 hotel rooms and suites in the Four Stations Lodge and added Wi-Fi.
• Offered a money-saving all-inclusive package on Mondays and Tuesdays. A $32 lift ticket also includes rental equipment and a beginner lesson.