New trails and glades, new events highlight offerings at venerable [R119R, Cranmore Mountain Resort].

Cranmore, One of North America's oldest operating ski areas, has added new trails and glades, and new events and actitivties for the coming season.

"One of the surprises to come out of last year's record-breaking snowfall was seeing so much potential in and around the mountain for new trails and glades," said General Manager Ben Wilcox.

"With all the snow, we could see where we could get in there and easily clear some trails for this winter. And that's just what we did with these new trails."

Skiers and riders can look forward to Oompah Flats, unofficially opened last winter as "The North-South Trail," a connector between Artist Falls and the South Slope; Roundabout, a short but relatively steep "blue" trail accessed off the South Chair via Snow Train; Tommy's Trail, which runs from the bottom of the East Slope parallel to Gibson, taking skiers to Beginner's Luck; and Gibson Chutes, a natural skiing area with multiple entrances off Gibson Trail.

Cranmore also refurbished 13 fan guns and is introducing two new SMI tower guns with onboard compressors and a dedicated fan gun for terrain park snowmaking.

"This investment in snowmaking and snow grooming technology, utilizing more energy-efficient resources, contributes to our continued effort to operate in an environmentally friendly manner whenever possible," said Wilcox.

Cranmore also plans a Crantastic New Year's Eve party Dec. 31 and a Snow Train Weekend Jan. 9-11.

The resort has an indoor Fun Zone at the Family Fitness Center, open 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and holiday weeks.