Whether it’s a new, multi-million dollar lift or a unique wrinkle to the cafeteria lunch menu, the offseason is a busy time for getting work done at ski areas and resorts across New England.
Here’s a roundup of the additions and projects that skiers and riders can expect to see at their favorite ski destinations this winter in Vermont:
In October, Sugarbush Mountain Resort announced $12.6 million in capital improvements through next summer. Leading the list of highlights is the replacement of the Heaven’s Gate Triple with a new fixed-grip quad, slightly realigned to lower wind exposure and slatted seat backs to help minimize the opportunity for wind holds. The new lift is tentatively planned to be ready for the 2024-25 season. Sugarbush also spent the summer investing another $3 million into its snowmaking infrastructure.
Killington made it to June, again, last season and there is no doubt that the ski area will make another run at late-spring this season, partly thanks to snowmaking upgrades the resort made during the offseason. Killington replaced large sections of pipeline and added more low-energy snow guns to its arsenal. It also is adding a new Prinoth Bison X groomer and winch (the winch increases Killington’s snowmaking accuracy by providing snow depth readings and ensuring snow is delivered where it’s needed) to its technical grooming fleet.