The initiative is Vail's largest investment since entering the New England market in 2017.
Friday, September 24, 2021, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
Days after publicizing controversial COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Vail Resorts has announced a $320 million capital investment plan for the 2022-23 season. Included in the plan are four chairlift projects in New England.
Mount Snow: Vail will replace the tiered aging Sundance and Tumbleweed triple chairlifts (1984 Yans) with a high speed six person chairlift. With the installation, Mount Snow will have five high speed chairlifts from its base areas.
In addition to the Sundance project, Vail will also replace the fixed grip Sunbrook Quad with a high speed detachable chairlift. With the upgrade, only the North Face complex will be without high speed lift service.
Stowe: Vail will replace the Mountain Triple (1985 Doppelmayr) with a high speed six person chairlift. This will be the second high speed chairlift on the Mt. Mansfield side of the ski area, and could be used for lift served mountain biking at a later time.
Attitash: Vail will replace the novice East and West double chairlifts (1973 Borvigs) with a fixed grip quad chairlift. It is not known if this will be brand new or the former Sunbrook Quad from Mount Snow.
Vail Resorts first entered New England in 2017 with the acquisition of Stowe. Okemo and Sunapee were added with the acquisition of Triple Peaks in 2018, followed by Mt. Snow, Crotched, Attitash, and Wildcat with the acquisition of Peak Resorts in the fall of 2019.
Vail's first New England lift investment is taking place this summer at Okemo with the installation of a new six person chairlift on Jackson Gore and the relocation of that former bubble quad chairlift to the upper main mountain.