Tim Boyd's confidence rests upon the 90 new fan guns Attitash has installed around the mountain, including Illusion on Bear Peak. "The NCAA championships have been held on Illusion the last two years. We've put in fan guns along the trail and, on the strength of that technology, I predict it will be the first run in the Northeast to be open top to bottom," Boyd said. Peak Resorts introduced New Englanders to its no-frills approach to ski area operations after acquiring Crotched Mountain in Greenfield, N.H., four years ago. Peak plans to apply the same philosophy of emphasizing lifts and snowmaking over amenities to Attitash and Mount Snow, which it acquired from American Skiing Co. this spring for $73.5 million.