Capital Improvements Underway at New Hampshire Ski Areas

Millions of dollars being spent to enhance skier experience


- Every summer New Hampshire's ski areas roll up their sleeves, and get to work improving their resorts for guests. This past summer was no different with many improvements underway across the state. Following is a list of projects in the Granite State for the upcoming 2008-09 winter season.

Loon Mountain, Lincoln -

As part of the ongoing South Peak expansion, two additional trails will be opened this winter with a total of 14 acres of additional terrain. The handle tow on Sarsparilla is being replaced with a more beginner-friendly magic carpet lift. The handle tow will then be moved to the upper part of the trail allowing those whose abilities have progressed to try something new without having to get on a chairlift yet if they're not ready. Snowmaking will be enhanced by the addition of 20 new Boyne Low-E fan guns, and 50 new tower guns.

Bretton Woods, Bretton Woods -

As part of a decade-long improvement plan, resort guests this winter will find a new spa and conference center. Guests can also enjoy year-round Canopy Tours which consist of a 1,000 ft. descent utilizing zip-lines, suspension bridges and hiking trails. The Kinderwoods Playground has been expanded with the installation of a rope tow and sledding hill, fire pit and new playground equipment.The entire fleet of rental equipment has also been replaced with state-of-the-art skis and snowboards. Also new for this year will be seasonal rentals of high-end demo equipment, which means guests can choose the right skis daily for changing conditions.

Cranmore Mountain, North Conway -

Cranmore is in the process of adding several new trails to bring their total to 50 trails. Tommy's Trail is an intermediate trail off of East Slope, Oompah Flats is a connector trail between Artist Fall's and South Slope, Roundabout is an intermediate trail off Snowtrain, and Gibson Chutes is a new gladed area off of Gibson.

Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch -

Cannon is adding a total of 6 additional glades and a new trail for the winter. One of the additional glades and the new trail will be located in the Tuckerbrook Family Area bringing the total in this area to fourteen trails and glades. The additional glades will be located on the upper mountain including four expert and one intermediate glade. Cannon will also be putting names to some existing and unnamed trails, making the mountain easier to navigate. To keep the trails in top shape, a new Prinoth Bison grooming machine has been added to the grooming fleet as well.

Granite Gorge, Keene -

Over the summer Granite Gorge is making major upgrades to its snowmaking system which will now reach the summit of the mountain, along with lighting to the summit. Three new trails are being cut as well, including Glider (a beginner's area), a traditional trail and another area to be called Patriot Glades. Guests will also have an option for valet parking as well as an all-new rental equipment facility. Improvements to the base and summit lodges are also planned.

Great Glen Trails, Pinkham Notch -

The snowtubing hill has been expanded to three times its original size with a much longer run out. The expanded hill will be able to accommodate twice as many tubers. Great Glen Trails is one of the only cross country ski areas in New England with snowmaking and it will now cover an additional .5 kilometer. Already known for its grooming, Great Glen Trails is also adding a new Pisten Bully 100 Nordic-specific grooming machine.

Crotched Mountain, Bennington -

A variety of improvements were made over the summer at Crotched including the addition of more snowmaking capacity, trail re-grading, rebuilding and expanding the base lodge deck, and overhaul of all of the tillers in the grooming machines. A new area of glades has been cleared and named Solstice Glades.

Mount Sunapee, Newbury -

More efficient snowmaking production tops the list of capital improvements at Mount Sunapee. Thirty new HKD energy efficient snow guns will be in place for winter. This allows Mount Sunapee to continue to reduce its electrical and diesel fuel consumption.

Pats Peak, Henniker -

Pats Peak is adding to its snowmaking system, now covering 100% of the area. New for this winter are 14 additional HKD Tower Guns, 8 new SMI Fan Guns, and a high capacity water pump. Pats will have 100% of its terrain available for night skiing with lighting added to Tornado Trail, giving Pats the most and steepest double black diamond trails available for night skiing in northern New England. A new gladed area is being cut between the East Wind and Duster trail. The rental shop is continuing to improve its inventory with 200 new pairs of skis & bindings, 300 pairs of ski boots and 150 snowboards. Improvements are also being made to the ticketing system, base lodge, seasonal lockers, and food service options.

Wildcat Mountain, Pinkham Notch -

Wildcat is working on adding several items in its relocated terrain park. Thanks to help from Snow Grind, the area will be adding several boxes and rails to offer progression elements for skiers and riders. The ZipRider zipline will have 4 cables available for riders who want to fly through the air at up to 40 mph. Indoors, the base lodge will be receiving new carpet, improvements to the bar area, and fresh interior paint. On the hill, new low-energy snowguns will help reduce environmental impact as well as energy costs. Other environmental efforts include a vegetation restoration project in Mountain Jag glade which will involve restricted use in areas allowing for growth to regenerate.

Dartmouth Skiway, Lyme Center -

Dartmouth has a long history of ski racing, and to ensure it stays that way, the Skiway blasted and regraded 200,000 square feet of its FIS competition slalom and giant slalom trials in order to meet FIS suggested upgrades. Recreational guests will also be able to enjoy the widening of the trails along with expanded snowmaking including 3 new SMI fan guns, rebuilt pumps, and drainage. Rental equipment is being upgraded with Volkl Skis, Dalbello boots, and Marker bindings.

Jackson XC Ski Touring Foundation, Jackson -

Over the summer the area constructed a new FIS eligible competition course. The work will add to the Wave Trail and the new, even trail surface will allow for skiing with minimal snowpack. This new trail will make Jackson XC only the sixth cross country ski area in the country to meet FIS homologation standards and will allow for the area to host high-level national and international competitions.

Eastman Cross Country Center, Grantham-

A new back country trail is now open that connects the golf course with John Glenn's trail.

Ski NH is the statewide association representing 38 alpine and cross country resorts and more than 200 lodging properties in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, lodging packages, and updated winter events at Ski NH mountain resorts, call Ski NH at (800) 88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464) or visit the Ski NH website at




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