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NC mountain resort goes totally tubular on slopes

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SEVEN DEVILS, N.C. -- North Carolina's Hawksnest mountain resort has given up skiing for the more economical tubing. Resort co-owner Lenny Cottom told the Winston-Salem Journal for a story Wednesday that instead of covering 30 acres of mountainside with manmade snow for skiers, he covers 5 acres and offers 20 lanes for people to ride down the mountain on heavy duty inflatable tubes and rafts. Cottom says he also spends less on equipment and staff. Tubing is cheaper for customers, too. Tickets for the two-hour sessions are about $30 on a weekend or holiday compared with twice that for a daylong lift ticket for skiing. Resorts at Beech and Sugar mountains in North Carolina also have added tubing runs, but Hawksnest is the only one that has gone totally tubular. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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