Multiple Granite State ski areas are working on lift and lodge projects this off-season.
Sunday, August 6, 2023, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
Heavy equipment is cranking at multiple New Hampshire ski areas this summer in the rush to complete expansion projects for the 2023-24 ski season.
Excavation and concrete work continue at Attitash, as a new Leitner Poma high speed quad is set to be installed to the summit. The shared tower from the Flying Yankee and former Summit Triple chairlifts remains standing.
Cranmore is moving forward with its 30,000 square foot Fairbank Lodge. The prior lodge was demolished in 2022, with makeshift base area operations in place last winter. The new lodge, which is topped by two floors of condominiums, is scheduled to open this winter. Excavation has started for future development to the north of the facility.
Gunstock has three major building projects on-going this off-season. The summit lodge is receiving a 16-by-30 foot addition, the base facility a 24-by-67 foot addition for rentals, and the Stockade Lodge an interior overhaul for wait-serving dining.
The haul rope is being spliced on Loon's new Doppelmayr fixed grip quad on the South Peak side of the mountain. Blasting is taking place on the new novice and intermediate trail pod, which will tie into the former satellite parking lot.
Waterville Valley has constructed a deck adjacent to its recent main lodge addition. The new setup and recently installed bubble six-pack chairlift are now being used for weddings.
Whaleback has taken delivery of Sunkid parts. The small ski area is reportedly planning to install a new lower mountain surface lift.