Vail Resorts is spending $20 million on 430 acres of urban skiing at two ski areas near Minneapolis and Detroit.
Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mount Brighton in Michigan are close to cities that are home to more than 468,000 active skiers. Vail plans to develop racing programs, terrain parks, coaching and sweeping overhauls to both hills. Both the 300-acre Afton Alps - the largest ski area near a major city in the Midwest - and the 130-acre Mount Brighton will be connected to Vail's Epic Pass program, uniting the two with the company's seven premier ski areas in Colorado and California.
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