Skiing and riding at east coast ski resorts will be getting quite a lift with plenty of new projects ready for you this winter. Vail Resorts is making the biggest impact all across the country with its Epic Lift Project totaling $320 million. All of this makes for good news for skiers and snowboarders on the east coast this winter. Read on for more of what’s new at east coast ski resorts this winter.
New Hampshire Ski Resort Updates
New Hampshire’s venerable Pat’s Peak celebrates its 60th anniversary by expanding its outdoor seating capacity at the main lodge with igloos and heaters. A new 12,000-square-foot mountain operations facility will streamline effective hill management and more high efficiency snow guns will add to the 100 percent coverage.
Attitash will add a new Doppelmayr fixed-grip lift, replacing a double-double that did not operate last season. Waterville Valley is adding a high-speed six person bubble chairlift, replacing the White Peaks Quad, while Loon Mountain replaces the Seven Brothers Triple with an express quad chair.
Maine Ski Resort Updates
Elsewhere, the big story at Sunday River in Maine is installation of Jordan 8, an 8-seat lift billed as the fastest in North America. It will boost uphill capacity from 2,100 skiers per hour to 3,200, serving as the gateway to the Western Reserve, which is several thousand acres of future development. Meanwhile at Maine’s Sugarloaf ski resort, plans continue on its 2030 plan that will add new lifts in a western expansion of territory for beginners and intermediates.
Vermont Ski Resort Updates
Visit Vermont’s Green Mountains where several resorts will roll out new ski lifts. Okemo will see a new high-speed, 6-passenger chair as well as an improved arrival experience. The base area around the clock tower is also getting a fresh update.
The Mountain Triple at Stowe, the grandaddy of Eastern ski resorts, will see some excitement due to Vail Resorts’ lift rollout, replacing a 6-pack chair. The result will be improved reliability on those windy Vermont days and improvements to the beginner and intermediate terrain, while eliminating the rather steep hike to the base.
Mount Snow will see two older triple chairs replaced with a high-speed six-passenger chair increasing uphill capacity by 70 percent. Mount Snow’s Sunbrook chair on the backside of the mountain will get a new high-speed quad chair. Magic Mountain in Southern Vermont will replace the Black Chair with a summit quad and Killington, the so-called Beast of the East, will open a new K-1 Lodge. Killington’s state-of-the art dining and service facility is expected to be “transformative” through this multi-year project.
Finally, New York State will see a $1.3 million makeover at Greek Peak with an upgrade to Chair 3 and a new snowmaking line. However, the fun story here is the addition of a 2,000-foot-long family-style ski trail with high berm turns and beginner glades on the sides.