It seems like Attitash’s snowmaking expansion onto Wilfred’s Gawm this season wasn’t implemented merely for immediate satisfaction.
A gnarly black diamond trail accessible at skier’s left on the summit of Attitash Mountain, in Bartlett, N.H., Wilfred’s Gawm might be better known to some resort guests as a route downhill that had only been accessible for a fleeting period each season, or at least as many days that followed a significant storm in order to fill in the all-natural parameters.
But with snowmaking added to the mix this season, Wilfred’s Gawm has suddenly become a consistent availability at the resort, something that can’t be said for much of the rest of Attitash’s terrain. As of Wednesday, Attitash still had only 40 percent of its terrain open. Despite seeing six inches of new snow from Monday’s storm, new terrain is only slowly — definitely not surely — beginning to open at the Vail-owned property.
So, the fact that Wilfred’s Gawm is open when more than half of the terrain on the mountain’s two peaks is left waiting (in mid-January) speaks to Attitash’s commitment to creating viable terrain availability from the summit.