Sleeping Giant Ski Area on the east side of Yellowstone National Park experienced an overhaul of its management team for this winter. The resort, operated by Yellowstone Recreations Foundation, has inaugurated several new features this year, including lower season pass rates.

The resort re-opened last winter after a five-year closure, but experienced a 100 percent turnover in management for this year. The new management team was responsible for much of the rebuild of the resort. "We're excited to be back after putting in so much blood and sweat," service manager Gen Armstrong told us.

The new team promptly made upgrades to the slopes and services. New services have included online purchasing of season passes, lower season pass rates, and a new bargain card.

Slope work focused on fixing the cantankerous Sheepeater Lift. "We really dialed in on the lift because last year it didn't run much of the time," said Armstrong. Other slope improvements included cleaning up expansion areas with slash burning and stump cutting to open up runs for skiing and making part of the snowmaking mobile to cover the terrain park and Wild Bill.

Skiers and riders will find new terrain accessible this winter, due to the work. Cliff jumpers will find a 12-foot cliff cleared out for use in National Park off the Bighorn Lift. Those looking for more height and glory can shoot of the 20-footer now cleared on skier's left of Sheepeater Lift.

Sleeping Giant's Web site now can handle purchases of season passes. The new management dropped season pass prices and reconfigured the age categories. Passes are on sale through Nov. 30. Passes cost $99-199, depending on ages.

A new bargain 10-punch card was added, too. The $49 card grants the purchase of half price tickets. It has no daily use limit, which permits several people to use punches on one day.

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