What's New for the 2012-2013 Ski Season - Page 3

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Carinthia Terrain Park, Mount Snow, Vermont
Carinthia Terrain Park, Mount Snow, Vermont  (Mount Snow)

New England
Resorts in Vermont are putting the West to the test with numerous upgrades and an emphasis on sustainability–especially when it comes to snowmaking efforts. Jay Peak Resort took over ownership of Burke Mountain and is now offering the Judge, a two-resort discount pass for 2012. Improvements on the later resort include 100 new high-efficiency snow guns that will increase snowmaking by 50 percent and extend its ski-and-ride season, a new high-speed quad, and expanded glade skiing.

Papa Jay is looking at another $30 million in resort-wide improvements. In July, construction began on an 8,500-square-foot learning center, a child-oriented facility with the only Burton Riglet terrain park in the East. There are two new lifts on the Stateside area of the resort, including a moving carpet connecting to the upper portion of the terrain park, and the resort invested an additional $300,000 in snowmaking. Catch your breath at the area’s new summit restaurant, the 120-seat Sky Haus Carvery, serving meals at 4,000 feet.

Having opened the high-speed Bluebird Express six-passenger lift last year, Mount Snow courts more riders with its new Burton Center offering lessons for snowboarders big and small. Work continues on the popular Carinthia Terrain Parks, past X Games host and home to the Carinthia Freeski Open in March. Slopeside dining receives a boost, as well, with Go Fish Sushi and Harriman’s farm-to-table.

Killington Resort has invested $20 million in the past five years, including major improvements to snowmaking and lodge repairs prompted by Hurricane Irene. The resort is also getting mileage on the conservation front by powering its new K-1 Express Gondola with bio-gas from Vermont dairy cows.

Like Vermont, New Hampshire resorts are also boosting their snowmaking capacity after last year’s paucity of precipitation. Cannon Mountain at Franconia Notch has spent a cool half-million on new guns, including a portable, 20-foot fan tower, while Ragged Mountain has spent twice that to increase its snowmaking capacity by 25 percent. Those looking for increased East Coast vertical will want to explore Cranmore Mountain Resort, which has a new triple chair and an additional 300 feet of high country. As part of Cranmore’s 75th anniversary celebration, the mountain also has a new 750-foot winter zip line next to its 10-lane tubing park and has launched a new Snowsports Initiative for youngsters.

In Maine, with the help of a state grant, Sugarloaf has installed 300 new Low-E snow guns to help cover the 100 acres of new terrain that opened last year. The resort’s slopeside Double Diamond Steakhouse is no longer, having been replaced by the new restaurant 45 North, which specializes in regional cuisine.

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