This ski area, the largest in New Hampshire, just got a bit bigger with 30 acres of glades on Mt. Stickney. Part of the long awaited plan to develop Mount Stickney, the new glades will offer a classic New England back country experience. "We are very excited to be able to offer our guests even more tree skiing this winter. The Mt. Stickney expansion has been on the table for many years, and it feels good to get it started." says Chris Ellms, director of ski operations.
In addition, a new public slalom course set with 20 to 30 "brush" gates will be set up on either Range View or Fabyan's Express, depending on snow conditions. Running the course will be free, complete with a timer. Just show up and go.
This destination resort is set amidst nearly 800,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest. The grand Mount Washington Hotel and Resort is just a two-minute shuttle ride away and offers all the amenities imaginable.
A grand masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture, the Mount Washington Hotel was a two-year labor of love for 250 master craftsmen when first opened in 1902. The hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bromley is known for value. Not only is it bright and sunny (in case you don't know, it is the only Eastern Mountain that faces South). Bromley has enough deals to fill a whole web page. So here are a few:
See Bromley's website for specific information and limitations.
As part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar improvement program, 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. New grooming machines, snowmaking upgrades and a 9,000 sq. ft. addition to the base lodge are also being purchased and constructed.
Tower guns, a new quad chair and more tubing lanes highlight improvements this season. Cranmore is spending approximately $6 million on major improvements to the resort. The South double chair will be replaced with an energy-efficient, fixed-grip quad chairlift. The existing South 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 enlarged to ten lanes along with a new Sun Kid surface lift.
A year-round Mountain Coaster is being installed. 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. 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 other buildings will be upgraded.
Opened in 2008-2009, the Burnt Ridge section of this popular Adirondack resort continues with development. This season will prove to be no exception with the opening of Barkeater, a 3500' glade connecting the summit of Burnt Ridge Mountain to Roaring Brook Bridge, from which skiers and riders can either access the base of the Burnt Ridge Quad, or Little Gore Mountain trails to the North Creek Ski Bowl.
Gore Mountain will also commemorate the historic event of its Interconnect with the North Creek Ski Bowl. Five trails will offer terrain for all abilities, serviced by the new Hudson Chair.
Jay Peak Resort
Jay Peak Resort is undergoing an immense expansion valued at 140 million dollars encompassing both on and off snow activities.
Most notable for winter fans are:
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.
A third carpet lift, named The SunKid Lift, is being added to the learning area at this popular southern NH resort. This new 130-foot long carpet lift is located in the South Peak Learning Area. The SunKid lift will be used by beginner snowboarders and adult skiers to
The Learning Area at Mount Sunapee is quite unique as it is totally separate from the main mountain. It has six lifts and 14 trails, a beginner terrain park and easy glades.
Scenic view of Lake Sunapee
Okemo Mountain Resort
We have come to expect great things from Okemo over the years since the Muellers took the reins. The resort is famous for it's grooming, and with the addition of another monster groomer, we expect the manicuring of snow to keep improving. This BR500 Prinoth 500HP groomer has a 24' wide tiller and a 20' wide blade. This will be the third Primoth machine, nicknamed "The Beast", in control of trails and slopes at this popular resort.
Okemo's Jackson Gore gets yet another attraction, a 3,100 foot long Mountain Coaster, set to operate year round during most weather conditions. Named the "Timber Ripper", the coaster will have two-passenger cars and will take a five minutes to complete the 1,600' ride up. There will be an exciting 3,100 foot ride down, following the natural terrain. The ride will commence and end near the bottom of the Coleman Brook Express lift. For riders aged 7 and up, the coaster will reach speeds upwards to 25 miles per hour, all controlled by the rider. Ted Reeves, VP of Okemo Real Estate and Development is quoted: "It will become another fun, alternative, family activity in summer and winter."
Smugglers' Notch Resort
Partnering with Flaik, a Boulder Colorado based GPS service company, Smuggs will use their technology for a 2nd Winter season. The program will be offered to all students in Snow Sport University ski and snowboard camps (ages 3-15) as well as adults in Mountain Experience Camps. The program provides a way to capture on-mountain fun. Kids and adults will be outfitted with Flaik GPS units that will track the miles, vertical and trails skied each day and cumulatively. The units allow a parent the comfort of knowing exactly where each child is and where they have been. At the end of each day, participants can log on and review data with friends and family to share their total on-mountain experience and plan exciting adventures for the next day.
Rentals will be available for $19.95 per day with the same capabilities.
The Burton Learn To Ride program at Smuggs returns for a second season. The programs goal: to provide the latest and greatest in specialized snowboard equipment from Vermont-based Burton Snowboards. Boots and bindings are also softer flexing, allowing easier guiding of the board when turning. More than 100 new boards, boots and bindings will be available at Smugglers'.
If you have been to the "Loaf" you know its big. Its about to get much bigger. If you love trees and glades you are in for a treat. How big you ask? 655 acres of side country expansion onto Burnt Mountain is big by any standard. Opening in three phases, Phase 1 will be this season with 270 acres creating 2,300 vertical feet of side-country adjacent to the southern edge of the existing mountain. Phase 2 will add another 135 acres and Phase 3 yet another 250 acres. The total will double the size of Sugarloaf and add another peak to the package. Big news indeed.
Wachusett has coined the phrase "more white, more rails, more space, more green" to sum up improvements for this season.
Waterville Valley plans to turn a usual ski weekend into a real mini vacation thanks to an early 12:30 pm Friday check in and extra late 3 pm Sunday check out. The extra time on and off the slopes comes at no extra charge.
"We started offering extra late Sunday check-outs last winter. Our guests were thrilled that they could enjoy Sunday morning on the slopes instead of taking prime ski time to pack the car", explains Jim Wefers, Director of the Waterville Valley Resort Association. "This season we're focusing on starting the weekend off right by giving guests more Friday time. The ski season is too short as it is so we're going to make sure everyone gets the most out of their weekend".
"Wicked Long Ski Weekends" as the program is called, are offered on 2 Night Ski & Stay Packages, over 12 non-holiday weekends. Prices start at $89 per person/night, double occupancy in December and $158 per person/night, double occupancy in Jan, Feb, and March. For an even longer weekend, the resort offers a Sunday Stayover for 50% off the lodging. Skiers can then take advantage of Waterville Valley's popular 2 for 1 Mondays.
The Black Bear Lodge, Golden Eagle Lodge, Snowy Owl Inn, Town Square Condominiums, Valley Inn, and Village Condominium are all participating in the "Wicked Long Ski Weekends" program.
Windham Mountain will celebrate its 50th year of skiing and riding this winter.
Safety breakthrough at Alpine
Alpine Meadows will unveil several resort upgrades this winter.
The Lake Tahoe resort has redesigned its children's center, which includes a modern, indoor open space for children and parents, complete with automated registration kiosks and interactive educational stations. The center also sports an outdoor snow play area with a new magic carpet surface lift that provides access to an improved "mini terrain park" as well as newly installed snow tubing lanes.
Alpine Meadows has installed the Magnestick system at the Subway and Meadow chairlifts. The seatbacks are now equipped with a magnet that holds a child wearing a Magnestick vest in a secure position for the duration of the lift ride. When a child reaches the chair lift deboarding platform, the Magnestick vest is deactivated, allowing for a seamless release from the seatback.
New digs at Diamond
Construction of a $4.5 million skier services building at Lake Tahoe's Diamond Peak has been moving along.
The project is the second phase of a two-year year, $8.5 million renovation project. The $4 million first phase was finished in 2008 and featured a complete makeover of the Base Lodge. The Incline Village General Improvement District, which owns the snowsports resort, hired Collaborative Design Studio Architects to create a state-of-the-art "customer-centric" facility that is designed to alleviate congestion and improve traffic flow.
Diamond Peak wants the renovations to "enhance the overall quality of the customer experience immediately upon arrival at the resort," according to a resort news release.
In the past, skiers and riders used three separate outdated buildings that were spread throughout the base area. All of that will be combined into one modern 10,950-square-foot services building. The new building will consist of a child ski center, the ski and snowboard school, newly designed ticket windows and rest rooms.
The new base area configuration will allow customers to gather in a new plaza directly in front of the services building, just a few steps from the base lodge and lifts. There will be stairs connecting the upper and lower parking lots allowing people to move between the lots without having to go through the base lodge.
The newly designed ticket windows, along with the guest services window will be on the northeast side of the plaza and next to them will be the children's entrance.
The northwest side of the plaza will house the ski and snowboard school and the Ski Patrol facilities. The second level will include the marketing, mountain operations and reception offices.
"The project continues on-schedule and on-budget despite difficult weather at the start of the project in May," says Brad Johnson, IVGID Engineering Manager. "The large scale underground and earthwork portions of the project are nearing completion with work now focused on installation of building footings and below slab utilities. Work will rapidly progress this month into vertical construction and the frame of the building will begin to take shape."
Johnson said the project is expected to be completed in time for the 2010-11 season. Skiers and riders can view the construction process Web cam.
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
Major pond expansion in Vegas
The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort has expanded its snowmaking capabilities for the 2010-11 season.
For years, the snowmaking reservoir at the snowsports area, located 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, had been able to hold just less than 2 million gallons. A summer-long construction project has increased capacity to about 7 million gallons. It designed to take advantage of the natural springs in Lee Canyon and collect the snow that melts each spring.
Close to 3 million gallons are in the reservoir for snowmaking this season.
Ski Vegas is also expanding its Ski Bus program. The snowsports area, which sits on land leased from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Division of Forestry, received a federal grant last summer to provide transportation to and from the mountain during the season. That grant was renewed last spring. Tourists and locals now ride the Ski Bus to and from the mountain on a daily basis. The routes will run from Henderson to the south of the Strip, to Town Square on the Strip, and to Santa Fe Station north of the city.
A stop at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas will be featured on Fridays.
A state grant will be funding a loop route between Lee and Kyle canyons. Several hotels are also partnering with the resort's Ski Bus for ski-and-stay packages.
Ski Vegas is coming off a record-setting 220-inch snowfall last season.
Anotable improvement at Lake Tahoe's Mt. Rose this season will be the
Three of what the resort is calling "extreme weather energy
Installation was planned for Nov. 3.
The average wind speed at the Slide Bowl of Mt. Rose is 14 mph, but