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Raging Buffalo was founded as the world’s first exclusive snowboard area. Having catered to riders for the past 25 years, the park has announced plans for expansion according to the Daily Herald.
Thanks to the county’s transportation division, the area will help dispose of excess soil by using it to expand their snowboard hill by 30 feet. Ultimately a win-win for both parties, in exchange for aiding in the disposal the county will contribute $500,000 towards a new lodge. Their existing lodge was built in the 1950s, with little renovations done since then.
"It's a pretty old lodge," explained one of the project managers, Jerry Culp to the Herald. "It needs quite a bit of work. A lot of the fascia and soffits are rotting. We had to take a hard look at what we are doing with the building."
The area will also experience a big face lift with a new parking lot, a new area for tubing, and a free sledding area for the community. Hopefully spurring future growth so that the area can become a year round facility.
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