NORTH WOODSTOCK, NH, JUNE 2013 – New Hampshire ski areas continue to move forward after enjoying the fifth best ski season on record in New Hampshire. This summer brings a lengthy list of capital improvements and news from across the state with new lifts being installed, extensive snowmaking improvements underway, year-round attractions being added and many other additions.
Here’s a look at some of the enhancements that guests can look forward to:
Pats Peak, Henniker – This summer Pats Peak will be installing a new triple chairlift as part of their Cascade Basin Expansion. The new area will consist of 4 new ski trails as well as a new glade and will have 100% snowmaking coverage. Other upgrades taking place include the installation of 6 additional snowmaking fan guns and an electrical capacity upgrade to improve output. The rental shop will add new skis, snowboards and ski boots to the inventory. In the base lodge and on walkways guests will find geothermal heating that will lessen the ski area’s environmental footprint.
Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway – Cranmore is adding a new BR 350 snow groomer to its grooming fleet. Improvements to the snowmaking system are being made and will include 45 new high-efficiency tower snowguns. New Rossignol rental equipment is being added that is ideal for children and guests who are learning to ski and snowboard.
Loon Mountain, Lincoln – Loon will be investing heavily in New Hampshire’s most powerful snowmaking system. Among the improvements are two new pumps which will increase the snowmaking capacity by 40%. They are also beginning a conversion to a semi-automated snowmaking system, by adding 100 semi-automated snowmaking hydrants, that drastically reduce set-up and shutdown time. An additional 15 low-energy, high-efficiency tower snowguns will be added as well.
Mount Sunapee, Newbury – Improvements are underway to Mount Sunapee’s snowmaking system. Guests will be greeted by 52 new HKD SV-10 snow guns and a variety of other improvements to the system. In the base area, work is being done on the base lodges as well as upgrades to the IT and eCommerce system in order to make the guest experience smoother. The rental shop is getting $100k in new equipment. On the mountain guests will find two new loops added to the Aerial Challenge Course.
Granite Gorge, Keene – Improvements underway this summer at Granite Gorge include new downhill and cross country ski trails and glades. Additional snowmaking fans will be added to the snowmaking arsenal. A portable stage is being constructed for special events. Two new parking lots will be in place with one offering front row “beach layout spaces”. A new drop off area and round-about will be located adjacent to the lodge.
Bretton Woods, Bretton Woods – Further expansion is underway at the recently-opened Mount Stickney area. Additional Nordic terrain is being added offering cross country skiers with early and late season terrain at higher elevations. These trails circle along the ridge to the summit of Mount Stickney and connect into the Stickney trail system. These trails are some of the first that require lift service. Guests will also find the canopy tour has been expanded with 4 new zip lines adding 1,000 more feet.
Black Mountain, Jackson – Major improvements are being made to Black’s snowmaking system. Among the projects underway are a complete rebuild of the snowmaking pump and drive motor and replacing the main water distribution station, resulting in higher efficiency and greater capacity. The triple chairlift will receive new computer controls resulting in greater reliability.
Waterville Valley, Waterville Valley – The U.S. Forest Service has granted Waterville Valley Resort a long-term special use permit allowing for the first major expansion of the ski area in over 30 years. Over the next few years the terrain will be developed on Green Peak, southeast of Mount Tecumseh, and will include construction of about 44 acres of ski trails, glades and a high-speed detachable quad chairlift.
Jackson XC, Jackson – A new grooming vehicle and low snow grooming implement will be added that will supplement the early season grooming fleet. A new pickup truck will improve access to the forest for various trail work. Improvements to the trail network are underway on a prioritized schedule including securing land use access through a program of deed easements.
Windblown XC, New Ipswich – Over the summer Windblown is adding a new snowmobile and snow bucket for the tractor to go along with trail improvements that are currently underway. In the lodge quests can get warm by a new woodstove. The rental fleet is being upgraded replacing half of the skis with brand-new equipment.
Ski NH is the statewide association representing 33 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 updated winter events at Ski NH resorts, call Ski NH at (800) 88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464) or visit the Ski NH website at www.SkiNH.com. For statewide media relations assistance, visit the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism’s media room at http://visitnh.gov/media/ or contact Mr. Tai Freligh at 603-271-2343, option #2.