This is a banner year for ski area improvements in New Hampshire with more than $20M invested in upgrades ranging from new trails to more snowmaking ability.
“Resorts continue to move forward after enjoying the sixth best ski season on record in New Hampshire,” said Ms. Jessyca Keeler, executive director of SKI NH said in a recent press release.
Here’s the rundown of the improvements happening at 13 New Hampshire ski areas in the Northeast from Black Mountain to Waterville Valley.
BLACK MOUNTAIN: Invested $25K in upgrades to their platter lift, with another $75K going to rebuilding the mountain’s primary pump station.
BRETTON WOODS: After acquiring $100K in new rental equipment, Bretton is revamping their children’s ski school. They’ve also purchased 35 new high efficiency HKD SV 10 towers and will replace their snowmaking pipe for an estimated $315K in total improvements.
CANNON: More than $3.5M in improvements at this state-owned and operated ski area is being invested in a new compressor, the latest Prinoth Bison grooming machine and 130 new high efficiency snowguns. Some of the funds are earmarked for general infrastructure improvements and trail expansion.
CRANMORE: Improved the efficiency of the snowmaking system with a new Prinoth Bison groomer and other upgrades. They will also expand their demo center on the weekends and holidays. Improvements to the Condominiums at Cranmore have already begun in order to expand lodging options at the base of the South Slope.
GRANITE GORGE: Debuting a new alpine glades area and added a kilometer of new cross-country terrain. The top of the Main Street Race Trail was outfitted with race fencing, timing and 100% snowmaking coverage. A paved, two-lane entrance is under construction and new fan guns have been acquired.
GREAT GLEN TRAILS: Added simple beginner terrain to the Nordic area featuring customized snow elements optimal for learning.
GUNSTOCK: Invested $825K in improvements that include snowmaking, lift enhancements, a new rental fleet, a remodel of their main Powder Keg Restaurant, and upgrades to their Adventure Park.
LOON MOUNTAIN: 50 additional semi-automated HKD KLIK snowmaking hydrants on two of Loon’s early-season snowmaking trails, an expanding the resort’s kid-centered terrain park. A new website is under way.
McINTYRE: Expanded night skiing with the installation of lights on a new trail, along with tubing area improvements, chairlift upgrades, and snowmaking upgrades.
MOUNT SUNAPEE: Currently in the process of installing a Poma high speed quad chairlift in the Sunapee’s Sunbowl area, cutting the ride time to the summit to just over four minutes.
PAT’S PEAK: Adding a new glade and two new trails to the Cascade Basin area, and all-new ski and snowboard rental equipment. More snowmaking coverage with 20 additional energy-efficient HKD guns and seven new SMI fan guns.
RAGGED MOUNTAIN: A whopping $5M in improvements invested in the installation of a new Doppelmayr High Speed Detachable Quad Chair, a remodel of the Elmwood Lodge, and a new wood-fired pizza restaurant added to their pub.
WATERVILLE VALLEY: $250K this year in a joint snowmaking project that includes seven fully automatic, high efficiency fan guns. With all that is going on in the Northeast this winter, you may never leave this state!