Sunday, September 3, 2017, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
Weeks away from the start of the 2017-18 ski season, construction activity is picking up across New England.
In Vermont, Magic Mountain has been feverishly working on its snowmaking, lift, and lodge projects. The lodge has received a fresh coat of paint, while Borvig double chairs have been painted green for the new mid mountain lift.
Sugarbush has concrete in place and equipment on site for both of its quad chairlift installations. The top terminal is now in place for the new Village Quad. The Doppelmayr fixed grip quads replace two old novice double chairlifts.
Burke recently took delivery of bullwheels for its new T-Bar. Funded in part by the EB-5 settlement, the Leitner Poma T-Bar replaces the historic Pomalift.
In Maine, Sunday River has concrete in place and equipment on site for its triple chairlift project. The new Doppelmayr triple will serve Spruce Peak, which had no lift service last winter after its Borvig triple suffered a footing failure. A rumored racing T-Bar installation is not expected to take place this season.
There is radio silence at Saddleback, where the previously announced sale has yet to be finalized. Lift replacements will be needed to offer top to bottom lift service.
The CTEC triple at Pats Peak is getting a fresh coat of blue paint in advance of installation. Replacing the original Peak Double, the refurbished triple will include a loading carpet.
Concrete work continues at Whaleback for the installation of its West Side T-Bar. The refurbished Hall lift will serve lower mountain terrain and will be augmented by improved snowmaking, including a new pump house.
Lift maintenance projects continue at Tenney Mountain, as the area attempts to reopen to the public with lift service for the first time since 2010.
At Waterville Valley, blasting, excavating, and snowmaking installation is taking place on Green Peak. Meanwhile, new tower mounts have been installed all over the main mountain as part of a major snowmaking improvement project. In addition, the Pasture J-Bar has been removed and is being replaced by two Magic Carpet lifts. The High Country T-Bar project is still awaiting Forest Service approval.