Of course, there were other improvements that you'll see this season, for instance Bretton Woods has 30 new acres of glades serviced by a 2,000 foot T-bar and Pats Peak is debuting the first Women’s Burton Learn to Ride Center in New Hampshire.
Here's more of what you'll find that's new and exciting for the 2012-2013 season at ski resorts around the Granite State.
Cranmore Mountain Resort
Over the summer Cranmore has replaced its historic East Double Chair with a triple chairlift, increasing uphill capacity and adding 300 feet of vertical drop to the resort’s southern slopes. The lift will also provide access to the summit of the mountain. Sixty new snow guns have been added to the resort’s arsenal, bringing the total of high-efficiency snow guns to 300. The Soaring Eagle Zipline installed this summer will operate all winter, joining the snowtubing park, mountain coaster and giant swing as alternative activities for winter guests.
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Bretton Woods recently added 30 acres of glades to the area that will now be serviced by a 2,000 foot Doppelmayr T-bar lift and this winter skiers and riders will find the addition of lift service to the Mount Stickney area of the resort. The glades are also being expanded to include some steep drop-offs for adventurous experts as well as more wide-open glades for less-experienced skiers and riders.
At the top of the lift a new 600-square-foot log cabin is being constructed. The cabin will feature an exterior stone fireplace as well as a porch for enjoying the sun on warmer days. Inside, a wood stove will warm skiers between runs. The popular Range View trail will be home to 50 new SV10 Impulse snowguns. In the base lodge guests will be able to select custom clothing, gear and accessories electronically at the new Bogner virtual clothing store, which will then be mailed to their home address. The recently constructed Canopy Tour, Williwaw Racing Zip and indoor climbing wall will also be available to guests this winter.
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More than $500,000 has been invested over the summer in snowmaking improvements including two new Ingersoll Rand Centac electric air compressors which will more than double the overall snowmaking capacity while reducing the area’s carbon footprint. Thirty-five low energy high-efficiency tower snow guns have been added to the primary race trail, Jackson Standard, as well as the Big Dipper, Maple Slalom and Black Beauty trails.
A new beginners area is completed with all-new snowmaking lines, hydrants and low energy, high-efficiency tower guns. Additionally, the new learning area will have a new dedicated surface lift. Improvements to the base lodge include an expanded ski school and ticketing area, a new day care and nursery area, fully renovated dining room areas, and expansion to the Lostbo Pub, more than doubling its size. An all-new ticketing system will provide guests with a quick and efficient ticketing experience.
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Ragged Mountain has spent over $1 million to upgrade Ragged’s snowmaking system. Among the upgrades are 100 new low energy, high-efficiency tower snow guns, half of which will be part of an automated snowmaking system on Exhibition. This allows snowmakers to take advantage of shorter windows of snowmaking temperatures. There will also be five new fan guns on the mountain. The additional guns will benefit from a new pump that will increase the system’s capability by 25%.
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Crews have completely renovated the arrival area and this winter you will be greeted by a warming area, brick walkway, stone walls, granite steps, and clock tower. On the hill, a new Air Bag will allow skiers and riders in the F5 Terrain Park to learn new tricks while landing on the soft, inflated bag. A new novice trail is being added to the “backside” of the mountain eventually feeding skiers and riders onto the Breeze trail. This trail is the first step in a long-term expansion plan for the backside.
The first Women’s Burton Learn to Ride Center in New Hampshire will be located at Pats Peak with specialized rental equipment and women-specific teaching and learning programs. The snowmaking system has been enhanced with the addition of six new Snow Machine and HKD Turbo fan guns that are capable of producing snow at warmer temperatures and doing so in a more energy-efficient manner. The rental shop will offer an additional 100 pairs of new Dalbello boots, 300 pairs of new Elan skis, and 125 new Burton snowboards, bindings and boots. Base lodge improvements include a new backup generator, new carpet in the Valley Lodge and main entrance, and fresh paint for the exterior.
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Younger skiers and riders will be enjoying the new Adventure Trail, located off Valley Run, featuring multiple routes through the woods with stops for bear caves, snow whales, a ski-thru sugar shack, hidden animal figures and more. A new learning park has been added on the Revelation trail offering special “kid-sized” features for developing skills. Snowmaking has been added to a cross country ski loop in Town Square to ensure XC skiing terrain is available.
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Cannon has spent a half-million dollars on snowmaking improvements over the summer. Among the additions are dedicated snowmaking on Paulie’s Folly trail. New air and water lines have been installed on Upper Cannon and fan gun power pedestals are now ready on Lower Cannon. A new twenty-foot automated, portable tower fan gun, one of the first of its kind in North America, has also been added as well. Several trail enhancements will be noticed, including removal of a tree island on the Tossup trail, which will allow for more snowmaking and a bigger terrain park. A new Prinoth Bison X terrain park groomer has been purchased to shape and smooth out all the snow.
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Improvements continue at Granite Gorge and this winter you can enjoy a new lodge with a Great Room, the Bus Stop Grill, and the Lookout Lounge which features a full bar and grill and on the exterior new mahogany decks are in place. The terrain park is now top-to-bottom on the Monadnock Trail with snowmaking and lighting with the well-known Granite Gorge Bag Jump being replaced by a bigger and better version. Those looking for a non-skiing activity can enjoy the new Cosmic Tubing Park.
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Mount Sunapee has purchased another 14 HKD high-efficiency snow guns, bringing the total of guns purchased over the past five years to 72. These guns make up to twice as much snow while using 75% less compressed air. There will be a new Air Bag that will be open to the public in the terrain park, allowing skiers and riders to practice jumping or learning new tricks. Newly-added year-round attractions that winter guests can enjoy include the Canopy Zip-Line Tour, a 2 1/2 hour guided tour with eight zip-lines, three rappels and a rope bridge.
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Gunstock Mountain Resort
Gunstock upgrades have been made to the snowmaking system, including replacing pipes and other improvements that will allow for more efficient operation. Ticketing and transaction systems are being updated to improve the customer experience. The recently constructed ZipTour will be available to guests throughout the winter, offering eight different zip-lines including the longest zip-lines in the continental United States.
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Over the summer a new Pisten Bully Winch Snowcat was added to the grooming fleet. Other improvements include new snowmaking on the Post-Doc trail along with a new snowmaking compressor and a new haul rope has been installed on the Holt’s Ledge double chair, new Volkl skis are being added to the rental fleet, and all-new trail signage and redesignated trail ratings are being completed.
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Loon has added two new terrain parks built specifically for families - The Burton Riglet Park and Lil’ Stash. They are also opening the Hearthside Cafe, located in the Octagon Lodge at the main base area and the café will feature healthy lunch options. The 234-room Mountain Club on Loon recently completed a $9 million renovation including renovated bathrooms, flat screen TVs, new carpeting and furniture.
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Over the summer Windblown’s logging operation added another thirty acres of glade skiing through selective cutting.