The old "North Peak Exress" is moving across the border. The high speed detachable that once operated at Vermont's Ascutney Mountain, has been purchased by Crotched Mountain for installation at the New Hampshire resort this coming spring.
Asctuney, located just off I-91 in Brownsville, Vermont closed its skiing operations in 2010 and currently sits in a state of foreclosure with nearby mountains eyeing the defunct hill for potential bargins.
The installation of the lift at Crotched, is to be accompanied by a 25-acre terrain expansion in the 2012-13 season. The 3-million-dollar capital investment will happen on the 10-year anniversary of the reconstruction of the resort.
"We are very excited about the prospect of adding a detachable lift at CrotchedMountain." This lift will provide quick access to the summit, ultimately providing more value and vertical to our guests. Along with the lift, the addition of 25 acres of skiable terrain will be a significant upgrade for the resort.” said Jesse Boyd, VP of operations for Peak Resorts.
The welcome sign at Vermont's Ascutney Mountain, which hasn't operated since 2010.
The repurposed lift, to be named "Discovery Shuttle", will replace the current Summit fixed grip lift, becoming the only high speed detachable quad in Southern NH. The lift will provide an uphill capacity of 2,400 persons per hour, and access to an additional 25 acres of terrain in less than 4 minutes. The additional terrain access is accomplished by the extension of the current summit lift profile to the top of the mountain, approaching 1000 feet of vertical drop. The additional 25 acres of terrain will encompass three extra slopes and two glade areas. The new terrain will have 100 percent fan snowmaking coverage as well as lights for night skiing.
Lift construction and trail development are scheduled to take place starting the spring of 2012 pending approval of permitting with NH State and local township regulations.