Resorts across the Green Mountain state focused on snowmaking and grooming over the off-season, with rental gear also high on the list of goodies.
There's more, but here are some of the highlights:
Jay leads the way with $13 million in base area construction, including new Nordic center-golf club house, indoor ice arena, and parking garage. These are all part of Jay's $120 million makeover that already has the Tram Haus lodge up and running with 57 luxury suites.
Bromley bought $675,000 worth of new things, including a Prinoth Bison winchcat, and 300 new sets of Head rental gear.
Killington focused on snowmaking upgrades with trunk line replacements, pump rebuilds, and energy efficiencies including new fan guns. Killington also regarded the Skyewalker-Bittersweet area to improve movement of skiers and riders, and to reduce congestion.
Mad River repainted its base lodge, or rather co-op members took on that project with the blessing of management.
Magic went through its entire snowmaking system with a summer's worth of tests and tinkering.
Middlebury College Snow Bowl widened Cameron Trail and added a glade between Cameron and Lang.
Mount Snow added fan guns to what already is one of the most impressive arsenals in the region.
Okemo built a Mountain Coaster, and added a third Prinoth BR500 Beast, largest of all snow grooming machines. The resort also dismantled its last remaining Pomalift, in the Galaxy Bowl Learning Area, and replaced it with a carpet lift.
Smugglers Notch has a new zipline canopy tour, first of its kind in Vermont.
Stowe will open the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in December to host events and exhibitions by artists of all types.
Stratton Mountain School welcomes Olympic gold medalist Ross Powers as head of its snowboarding programs.
Sugarbush spent $10 million on its Lincoln Peak Village, and on upgrades to snowmaking.