Here's more of what you'll find that's new and exciting this season at Vermont ski resorts.
Bromley is gearing up for a major renovation of their base lodge for the upcoming winter season and the first floor will be totally upgraded for skiers and riders. Never-Ever adults will love the fact that Bromley's first timer’s program is undergoing its own special instructional changes by introducing Guaranteed Easy Turns (GET) aimed for getting the basics on the slopes quickly and successfully. The revamped program will include an indoor instructional period to get to know your instructor on a more intimate level, and a GET “frequent skier” Card that offers discounts and incentives on subsequent lift tickets, lessons and equipment. The 2012/13 season will also see 60 new HKD energy efficient snowmaking tower guns spread out over five different trails.
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Burke has a well earned reputation as the home mountain of over 50 Olympians. Under new ownership in May 2012, $108 million dollars will be invested over 3 years into snowmaking and on-mountain accommodations, including 4 mountain lodge facilities. This wiinter will also see a significant increasing in snowmaking due to the recent installation of over 100 high efficiency snow and fan guns - increasing snowmaking capacity by over 50%. Burke’s new high-speed quad will mean more rides to ski the 100+ acres of glades, including 5 new glades for this season.
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Jay Peak Resort
By the way, the new owners of Burke mountain mentioned above are non other than the folks at Jay Peak Resort. The owners at Jay Peak are not resting on the kudos coming in regarding their already significant investment. In fact, the mountain also announced an additional $30 million in resort-wide improvements for the 2012-13 season. While past revitalization efforts have been primarily focused on the Tram side of the resort, the attention will now broaden to the State Side area as well as the summit of Jay Peak.
The new 8,500-square foot Mountain Learning Center will have a rental-and-repair shop, a ski-and-ride school, a café, and a daycare center. Two new lifts will also be installed - a fixed-grip quad chair and a moving carpet which will be a part of the new dedicated learning area upslope from the Mountain Learning Center. Jay Peak will also transform its Sky Haus into a 120-seat restaurant and the new eatery will offer soups, salads, sandwiches, beers, and wine.
And there is more to come - another $170 million will be invested over the next 3 years to open the West Bowl and continuing improving upon State Side. New lifts, trails, a hotel complex and skier service facilities will be erected at the West Bowl, while 100 dwellings, and 84-unti hotel and Medical center are being planned for State Side.
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Killington Resort, which has invested over $20 million in the last five years building the Skye Peak Express Quad and improving snowmaking all the while preparing to finish the construction of Killington’s new Peak Lodge facility. The construction management company, Engelberth from Colchester, VT, will resume building in the spring of 2013 with the intention of completing the new facility by Christmas 2013.
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Magic Mountain is partnering with TimberQuest to bring year-round challenge and adventure to its tree-lined slopes in 2012. A multiple skill-level Tree-versing™ ropes course that scales the lower sections of Magic, with aerial zip-lines that will bring you back down the hill. Tree-crossing™ is a new, all-season, nature-oriented sport that compliments one of the most challenging and interesting ski areas in southern Vermont.
The new skier-owned Magic Partnership million-dollar capital raise has been completed and the 2012-13 season will see the beginning of the 3-year plan for expanding Magic’s snowmaking system. The goal being to bring snow earlier, later and more consistently throughout the season—no matter what mother-nature brings - this means over 70% of Magic will be accessible to snowmaking covering beginner, intermediate and expert trails.
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Mad River Glen
Mad River Glen has invested nearly $5 million in capital improvements during the first 17 years of co-op ownership. Mad River’s goal is to maintain and preserve the experience rather than overhaul or upgrade it. Both the skier-owners and the management understand that skiers come to Mad River for the unique combination of legendary terrain, sense of community, low skier density and intimate atmosphere. “We don’t want to mess with a winning combination,” President Jamey Wimble explains. “Our capital plan is designed to maintain the existing infrastructure and to make small changes that will improve the overall experience for our skiers.”
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Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow has teamed up with Burton, to introduce Mount Snow’s Official Burton Learn to Ride Center, in a continuing effort to make the learning experience easier and more fun than ever before. The center features programs available for riders as young as 3 years old all the way up to adults who need help honing freestyle skills in one of Carinthia’s 10 terrain parks. The youngest rider - 3-6 years old - can experience a new dynamic in snowboard lessons where instructors guide youngsters through small terrain park features. On top of it all, Burton has provided Mount Snow with the latest, most technologically advanced learning equipment.
Mount Snow is also adding 'Go Fish Sushi.' Located in the Main Base Lodge, Go Fish will offer grab-and-go meals for skiers and riders looking eat before heading back out onto the mountain. Since the State of Vermont is synonymous with farms and agriculture. Making the finest dairy products and growing some of the best produce in the world, the new Harriman’s Restaurant Farm to Table menu is made with fresh products from local farmers. You really can taste the difference.
Also for 2012-13 The Cupola, once a legendary shop located a half mile from the resort on scenic Route 100, has been reinvigorated by Mount Snow and will feature concept shops from top retailers as well as a large selection of high performance equipment rentals.
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Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo Mountain Resort is ready for winter with capital improvements including three new gladed areas add 16 acres of tree skiing and riding; two new grooming machines added to the fleet include another Prinoth 500 horsepower Beast and an agile Prinoth Bison Park Cat. An additional Waffle Cabin will be installed at Jackson Gore, so the sweet, siren smell of those beguiling Belgian waffles will now tempt skiers and riders at both base areas. And for 19 - 29 year-olds there is Okemo’s new Millennial Pass – valid 7 days a week with no blackout days for only $599.
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Smugglers’ Notch Resort
$1,000,000 in snowmaking enhancements will bring an additional 150 high efficiency tower guns and a new electric compressor to Smugglers’ Notch Resort this season. This investment will allow more snow to be made at a wider temperature range, improving early and late season coverage, and also improving in-season coverage, with greatly reduced energy costs.
The resort has installed 35 solar trackers with a 150-kilowatt capacity that are projected to offset the energy use of the Village Lodge, home to a deli, pizzeria, entertainment venue and lounge, and Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop and thus continuing the environmental stewardship initiatives that have earned Smugglers’ an Environmental Leader designation.
A new natural feature terrain park for intermediate and advanced skiers and riders at Smugglers’ will open in the Knight’s Revenge glade on Madonna Mountain between Lower Rumrunner and Lower Madonna Liftline. Freestyle riders in the glade will encounter log slides, quarterpipes, bank turns, rock jumps and much more as the park’s features evolve with influence from Mother Nature.
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Stowe Mountain Resort
We know from last year that snowmaking is very important to any successful and sustainable ski resort and this year Stowe Mountain Resort continues to invest in its state-of-the-art snowmaking operations with an additional 4.7 million dollars in new equipment and upgrades that include 325 HKD tower guns, 150 energy efficient land guns, 16 Super Pole Cat fan guns and seven miles of new snowmaking pipe. This year’s improvements will allow Stowe to operate with greater energy efficiency and eliminate 100,000 gallons of diesel storage, use and emissions. From a skier’s standpoint, the new snowmaking increases potential for more early season terrain, increases overall snow quality and allows mountain operations to resurface the mountain quicker.
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A new trail at Stratton has been cut and called Sunbeam, more snowmaking coverage has been added on favorite trails Duck Soup and Spillway and continued glade work for more fun in the trees are all things to look forward to. The Sun Bowl terrain parks on Sunriser Supertrail and Big Ben will be bigger than ever and a new boardercross course will host camps with Olympic medalists Ross Powers and Lindsey Jacobellis. Off the slopes, pure Vermont adventures like dog-sledding, full moon snowshoe hikes and stargazing are offered through the Activity HUB, an insider’s guide to southern Vermont.
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This season Sugarbush introduces a complete Lincoln Peak base area, designed in the Vermont Vernacular style: Slopeside lodging, shopping, specialty dining, instruction for skiers and riders of all abilities and some of the best terrain on the East Coast. The Schoolhouse, designed to resemble a traditional Vermont schoolhouse and decorated with murals and play spaces by celebrated local artists, serves as an all-inclusive home for children’s ski and ride programs.
Sugarbush is going strong on the second phase of construction at Lincoln Peak Village. The new Rice Brook Residences will feature 15 total new homes and three new buildings all slopeside at Lincoln Peak.
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On Thanksgiving morning in 1937, a legend was born: Pico Mountain Ski Resort. Although it was humbly equipped with only a 1,200’ rope tow powered by a Hudson motor car engine, skiers – true skiers – loved it. No other big mountain has so much quaint charm. Since then a lot has changed. But the love that began seventy-five years ago for this mountain still lives today, and it’s as strong as ever. Families and skiing traditionalists now enjoy 52 trails and the Triple Slope Terrain Park serviced by seven lifts, including two high-speed detachable quads.
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Middlebury College Snow Bowl
Middlebury College will be hosting the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships bringing together the best collegiate alpine and nordic ski racers in the U.S. - many of whom are former World Cup competitors. The alpine races will take place at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, March 6-8, 2013, and the nordic races will be held at the Carroll and Jane Rikert Nordic Center, March 7-9, 2013. These events are free and open to the public.
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Rikert Nordic Center
For the 2102-13 season the Rikert Nordic Center will be better than ever with a 5 kilometer snowmaking system, and improved rental equipment – including Jib Skates for the adventurous - and increased offerings in instructional programs for all ages and abilities.
Mountain Top Inn & Resort
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort will finish construction of their 4,650 sq ft barn in January 2013. The Barn is situated just steps from the Main Lodge and will be a perfect setting for weddings and special events; including Nordic ski competitions and winter events that require indoor dining for up to 250 guests. There is also additional space on the lower level consists of space for yoga, meetings, massage, fitness and a theater.