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Expanded ski area explored for Balsams resort

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DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. (AP) - A spokesman for the Maine businessman interested in redeveloping the Balsams Grand Resort in New Hampshire says the parties are exploring the idea of creating a world-class, four-season resort with expanded skiing facilities.

The Balsams, where the nation's first presidential primary ballots are traditionally cast, closed in 2010 after nearly 150 years in business. Dan Dagess and Dan Hebert, who bought it in 2011, said last month they've entered into an agreement with Les Otten, founder of the American Skiing Co.

Scott Tranchemontagne, who represents Otten, said Monday that Otten is still in the "exploring" phase and won't provide details until a development plan is put together. He says one issue with expanding the ski area would be how close it could come to wind turbines in the area.

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