Triple chairlift is planned to open January 31 but the double chairlift opening has been postponed until 2015-16 season.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
In a recent Facebook post, Camden Snow Bowl issued an apology for continued delays, while announcing a planned January 31 reopening via the triple chairlift if wiring, top ramp construction, load testing, and inspections all go as planned. The completion of the double chairlift has been postponed until the 2015-16 season.
The first year of the two year, $6.5 million redevelopment project was to include new terrain, snowmaking infrastructure, night skiing, and the installation of two chairlifts. NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com reported in mid-November that the projected December 20, 2014 opening day was unlikely due to delays. Mechanics from Sugarloaf were recently dispatched to help with the triple chairlift installation.
An excerpt from the January 20, 2015 Facebook post: WE ARE SORRY
We at the Snow Bowl are very sorry that the redevelopment efforts at Ragged Mountain have delayed a large-scale opening of the ski season. We understand community residents are frustrated, and we apologize for that.
WE ARE GOING TO OPEN
Our target date for opening the new triple lift is Saturday, Jan. 31. Clipper and Mussel Ridge trails will be open from the top. Depending on weather, other trails will also be open. The current terrain park will be moved up the hill and expanded by then. The carpet lift is already open. The toboggan chute is now open on weekends and holidays, and the Nordic trails are open. The double lift will not be operational this year, but Coaster and Foxy will be open as snowmaking or natural snow allow.
SEASON PASS HOLDERS
We will provide full refunds to season pass holders who request them during operating hours from Saturday, Jan. 31 until Thursday, Feb. 5.
But we hope you will at least try the Snow Bowl before you ask for a refund. We think that once you ski the mountain and experience the dramatic improvements, you won't want a refund. We also hope you won't ask for a refund because season pass holders are a big part of our financial lifeblood.
WE WILL EXTEND THE SKI SEASON
To help make up for the delay in opening, we will stay open as long as possible this spring.
WE ARE GOING TO COMMUNICATE BETTER
We know that people have been frustrated by the lack of information coming from the Snow Bowl about what is going on. We are working to fix that now.