HANCOCK, MA ??вЂќ Four new trails, two improved trails, plus a new terrain park and half pipe will be ready to ski and ride this upcoming ski and snowboard season at Jiminy Peak. These trails will expand the beginner and intermediate terrain on the mountain while making it easier for skiers and riders to access trails from the Berkshire Express. No lights have been added to these trails but are planned for some in future seasons.
Round-about runs east from the top of the Berkshire Express as skiers and riders disembark the lift. It slides around Glider and exits into Easy Does It. Outback runs southwest off the top of the Berkshire Express. It runs behind the newly widened West Way Chute, and Azalea Path then back into West Way across from Lower Glade. These trails ease the way to Left Bank and West Way.
A novice trail called Raccoon??в„ўs Den has been cut from the bottom of Willie??в„ўs Gulch and runs out to 360. Grouse Run is the trail that runs along the mountainside homes from the bottom of Widow White??в„ўs Quad to the base area. Previously closed to the public, it will be open this season and it will provide an alternate route to the base from Left Bank.
The trees have been cleared from Riptide and Willie??в„ўs Gulch and they have been made into intermediate trails, adding more intermediate terrain to the west side of the mountain. Snowmaking has been installed on these trails as well.
Moguls will be added this winter as well. Cutter will be a full width mogul run with new tower snowmaking guns to top dress the bumps. There will also be machine made moguls on the upper east side of the Grand Slam for intermediates.
A commitment has been made to expand and enhance our terrain parks and half pipe. A consultant was brought in to assist on the creation of a new terrain park and half pipe on Coyote Ridge for the upcoming 2004/2005 season. The snowmaking has been expanded on the trail so that elements can be built side to side and the park should be able to open fairly early in the season. In conjunction with this expansion the Grand Slam double chairlift will run most twilight periods as well as weekends and holiday periods for easier access to Coyote Ridge.
The Maloney Ski Patrol building will be completed in November 2004. It will provide a new, updated ski patrol headquarters on the ground floor, and condominiums on the second and third floors.
2003 saw the completion of the highly anticipated Village Center. In 2004, improvements are still being made to the area to enhance the skiing and riding experience for everyone who visits Jiminy Peak. There are now even more reasons to visit Jiminy this winter!