Improvements in snowmaking, faster chairlifts, and refurbished base areas highlight the many new wrinkles being added to ski areas and resorts across New England this season.
Killington will debut its long-awaited K-1 Lodge, while Saddleback will open its new mid-mountain lodge. Stowe, Waterville Valley, Magic Mountain, Attitash, Sunday River, and Mount Snow will all unveil new lifts, each dramatically increasing uphill capacity. And Jay Peak, at long last, has a new owner, putting its future in more certain hands.
Here’s a rundown of everything new to expect this winter when you make your first turns in Vermont.
The chatter surrounding Stowe Mountain Resort might highlight the implementation of paid parking ($30 per day), but there are also improvements on the hill to note. At the top of the list is the brand-new Sunrise lift, Stowe’s first six-passenger chairlift. The lift will replace the current Mountain Triple but will originate lower, down alongside the Mansfield Base Lodge, to alleviate the need to climb the stairs. This lift will service some of the resort’s best intermediate terrain, including the Family Adventure Zones (introductory, gladed terrain). Sunrise is scheduled to start spinning in mid-December.