- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. (AP) - Developers planning an overhaul of the Balsams resort are seeking permission to remove water from the Androscoggin River for snowmaking as they work to quadruple the size of the resort’s wilderness ski area.

The Dixville Notch hotel, 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, have since entered into an agreement with Les Otten, founder of the American Skiing Co. and former part owner of the Boston Red Sox.

The Caledonian Record reports that developers have submitted a permit application to the state Department of Environmental Services to pull up to 2.9 million cubic feet of water per day from the river. Between Nov. 1 and March 15, the water, which would be transported for about 10 miles along a pipe line following Route 26, would be drawn on an as-needed basis.

Project spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne said snowmaking is a critical part of the success of the expanded ski area.

“This is a major step forward and we are excited about it,” he said. “It’s a signal that the project is gaining momentum and moving forward.”

The resort, about 20 miles from the Canadian border, started as an inn in 1861 and had 200-300 workers when it closed. Its ski area included 16 trails across 87 acres.

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