Millions Spent On Improving NH Ski Areas
While most skiers and riders are busy enjoying the warm temperatures, New Hampshire’s ski areas have a chance to roll up their sleeves and get to work continuing to improve their resorts for guests. This summer is no different with many improvements underway across the state. Following is a list of projects in the North Country’s ski areas for the upcoming 2010-11 winter season.
Cranmore, North Conway – Cranmore is spending approximately $6 million on major improvements to the resort. The South Peak double chair will be replaced with a Doppelmayr eco-Drive, energy-efficient, fixed-grip quad chairlift. The existing South Peak double chair will be relocated near the Beginner Basin. Terrain in Beginner Basin will be altered to make room for the chair as well as provide additional beginner terrain. The tubing park will be relocated and expanded from seven to ten lanes along with a new Sun Kid surface lift in addition to the existing handle-tow. A year-round Mountain Coaster is being installed that will allow guests to ride up the mountain and then descend at rider-controlled speeds. Other improvements include the installation of 70 new energy-efficient tower guns that will increase the quality and quantity of snowmaking, especially during early season periods. At the base of the area, the Arlberg Lodge is being converted into a state-of-the-art children’s center, a new ticketing system will make for smoother transactions for guests, and many other buildings will be upgraded to improve guests’ experiences.
Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch – A new double chairlift is being installed at the recently re-opened Mittersill Backcountry Area in the location of the original double chair at the area. This is part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar improvement program. Other improvements include a 9,000 sq. ft. addition to the base lodge, snowmaking upgrades and new grooming machines.
Attitash, Bartlett – Over the summer Attitash is adding a new Mountain Coaster to the resort. The ride carries guests up the mountain over 1,400 feet on twin stainless steel rails. Once at the top, riders descend over 2,800 feet of track through dips, banked turns and straight-aways at rider-controlled speeds of up to 25 mph. The Mountain Coaster is open year-round for guests, which means even non-skiers can enjoy the mountain in winter months.
Loon Mountain, Lincoln – Loon is adding 20 acres of new tree skiing over the summer. $1.2 million is being spent on improvements to the snowmaking system, including 428 Low-e HKD tower guns allowing more terrain to be opened earlier in the season. A new Beast Grooming Cat has been added to the fleet of groomers. Other additions include a loading carpet for the Seven Brothers chairlift and a 48% increase in capacity for the North Peak chairlift thanks to 35 additional chairs.
Bretton Woods, Bretton Woods – New terrain is being added thanks to an expansion onto Mount Stickney. For this winter skiers and riders will find new gladed terrain for all abilities.
Wildcat Mountain, Pinkham Notch – Improvements to the snowmaking system will continue with integral pipe replacements that will enhance the system’s capabilities. New trail mapping will acknowledge two additional trails –“Leo’s Leap” and “Sphynx”– as well as identifying established tree ski areas that had only been proposed in the past. The base lodge will see improvements including the availability of WiFi for guests.
Black Mountain, Jackson – The snowmaking system will see the addition of new energy-efficient tower guns on several trails and the installation of air reduction kits that will reduce the amount of air required for operation by 50%, resulting in a more eco-friendly system.
Balsams Wilderness, Dixville Notch – The Balsams Wilderness will be partnering with Golf and Ski Warehouse to operate retail stores at the ski area and resort. This will ensure guests have access to any equipment they may require during their visit.
Ski NH is the statewide association representing 36 alpine and cross country resorts and more than 200 lodging and guest service properties in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, lodging packages, and winter events at Ski NH resorts, call Ski NH at (800) 88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464) or visit the Ski NH website at http://www.SkiNH.com.