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      Song and Labrador Mountains to merge operations

      Central New York skiers can expect changes when they hit the slopes this winter. Song Mountain in Tully and Labrador Mountain in Truxton are merging.

      The mountains will both remain open to skiers, but consolidate their operations.

      Peter Harris bought Song Mountain in 2000. He will become President and General Manager of both Song and Labrador. He previously owned the Snow Ridge Ski Area in Turin from 1986 through 2006.

      There are no plans for major changes to operating policies and staffing at either mountain. Skiers will have access to a new "Inter-Mountain Passport." The full season passes will be interchangeable at both mountains. "Both these mountains have a storied past and I'm excited to be a part of their next chapter. Building on each Mountain's strengths, this consolidation will add significant value to the CNY winter experience," Harris said. "I'm excited to be able to bring the skills I've honed over the last 28 years to a mountain of Labrador's stature. This merger really is an unqualified example of, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.""

      Bruce Wilson and his wife Sue have owned and operated Labrador Mountain since 1990. They will remain in their current management positions for the 2014-2015 season. "Throughout or discussions it became clear that our philosophies are more similar than dissimilar. Though my family has been running Labrador Mountain since its inception, it became obvious that this consolidation with Song should and would be the next logical step," Wilson said. "Certainly 2014-15 will be a key transitional season and I'm thrilled that Peter has asked Sue and me to stay on."

      Early season discounted passes are on sale now.