New Hampshire ski areas get ready for a new season
Improvements include new, renovated base lodges, added snowmaking
In getting ready for the upcoming season, New Hampshire ski areas around the state were busy with new construction and other enhancements. Here’s a roundup of what to expect for 2019-20.
Black Mountain in Jackson has added 52 new next-gen low-energy snow guns, and installed a snowmaking control system to increase efficiency.
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Enhancements include New Hampshire’s first eight-passenger gondola that travels at 1,200 feet per minute as well as a 16,000-square-foot on-mountain dining-and-event venue, anticipated to open during in summer 2020.
A series of energy efficiency initiatives valued at $5.1 million is expected to reduce energy consumption at the ski area by 50%, while significantly increasing snowmaking capabilities.
Cranmore Mountain Resort
Cranmore broke ground on the first phase of its $50 million base re-development project in September, which will add 18 condominiums.
The Nordic center at Eastman in Grantham has been completely rebuilt.
Gunstock Mountain Resort
Gunstock has made a big investment in high-efficiency snowmaking equipment. Other improvements include the remodeling and expansion of Gunstock Ski & Sport, formerly Mountainside Outfitters, and enhancements at the Terrain and Freestyle Park.
Jackson has added four miles of new trails as part of a $400,000 capital campaign, the largest trail expansion and improvement project in the organization’s history.
The “Milt’s Place” lodge at the base of the Black Bear triple lift has been renovated at King Pine.
Loon Mountain Resort has expanded and remodeled its lodge facilities and added the new Pemigewasset Base Camp.
Mount Sunapee Resort has upgraded snowmaking at its South Peak area.
Pats Peak in Henniker has built a new post-and-beam lodge featuring enlarged bathrooms. It has also added more energy-efficient snowmaking fan guns and towers to their 100% snowmaking coverage
Ragged Mountain Resort
Ragged Mountain Resort in Danbury has remodeled the Elmwood and Meetinghouse lodges and renovated the New Hampshire Mountain Inn.
Waterville Valley Resort
The Freestyle Lounge is being readied for a winter opening. Other base lodge improvements include addition of a private event space and a family area.