Lifts are being constructed in five New England states this off-season.
Sunday, October 15, 2023, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
With ski season just weeks away, construction crews are racing to wrap up lift projects across New England this fall.
Bucksaw - Sugarloaf
Towers are in place for the refurbished Doppelmayr high speed quad being installed in the new West Mountain complex at Sugarloaf. As part of the project, the vintage West Mountain double chairlift has been truncated.
Barker 6 - Sunday River
Towers are up and the haul rope spliced for the new Barker 6 Doppelmayr high speed chairlift at Sunday River. Though construction is now focused on the top and bottom terminals, the snowmaking system is still disconnected on Barker, resulting in Sunday River shifting early season operations to Jordan. Some Barker trails have been widened and/or blasted as part of the project.
Merrill Hill 2 - Sunday River
Towers are also up for the second Merrill Hill triple chairlift. Though the footing has been poured, the base terminal is not yet in place. The Doppelmayr lift will run from just above Monkey Brook Road to the top of Merrill Hill.
Summit Express - Berkshire East
Work continues on the new base terminal footing at Berkshire East, as the resort installs its first detachable chairlift. The Leitner-Poma quad will run up Competition and Upper Competition, terminating near the high point of Mt. Institute in the area known as Horace's Grove.
Mountaineer - Attitash
The base terminal footing appears to be complete for the new summit lift at Attitash. Chairs and towers for the Leitner-Poma detachable quad are currently staged at Bear Peak.
Timbertown - Loon
The new Doppelmayr fixed grip quad at Loon was completed late this summer. The lift will serve new novice and intermediate terrain at South Peak.
Black Line Quad - Magic
Magic Mountain is expecting to have a new haul rope installed on the Black Line Quad in the next few days. Under construction since 2019, the refurbished Poma chairlift would provide redundancy and additional capacity to the summit.
Sheehan - Middlebury
Towers have been installed for the new Sheehan quad at Middlebury. The new Skytrac fixed grip quad replaces an aging double and will serve Middlebury's debut of night skiing.