Buttermilk Mountain Resort, sitting 20 miles north of Sault Saint Marie, Ont., was purchased in 2007 by the Kaiser family. The family's local roots go back three generations, but the small ski hill is destined for larger things with the Kaisers at the helm.

The resort unveiled improvements last winter with a large snowboarding superpipe named "Full Throttle" in a partnership with Coca Cola's energy drink. It also introduced a new line of Rossignol rental gear, developed new programs, and redesigned the mountain's cuisine. 

In September, the resort began a new shuttle service on Friday and Saturday nights for those dining in its main restaurant. Reservations must be made for both dining and the shuttle by calling 705-649-3124.

The ski hill currently has nine groomed runs, with the longest cruising 2,800 feet. Access is via two rope tows or a T-Bar lift. Weekend tickets run $28 to $38, depending on age. Weekday and half-day tickets run $6 to $10 cheaper. Night lift tickets are $10-15. 

The Kaiser family hopes to do much more in the future. The new owners envision Buttermilk as a world-class ski resort. They would like to build more runs on adjacent mountains and add more lifts, for starters. Their goal is to convert the resort into a fully operational year-round resort destination.