CONWAY, NH - Skiers visiting New Hampshire mountain resorts this winter can expect to find improved snowmaking, grooming, lifts, and lodging, thanks to extensive capital investment across the state.
“Our member ski areas have invested millions in capital improvements this year to better the experience for our guests. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the slopes this winter,” stated Jessyca Keeler, President of Ski NH, the state’s trade association for ski areas.
Skiers who visit Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln will experience a quicker ride than ever on the Kancamagus 8 chairlift. The fastest 8-place chairlift in North America, the Kancamagus 8 will be the first of its kind in the East. The lift boasts Dopplemayr D-Line technology which holds 205 new developments, including 31 innovations and 14 patents, making it the most modern chairlift in the world. This lift is packed with features including ergonomically heated seats, weather-blocking tinted bubbles, and an adjustable loading carpet to help guests load the chair.
Loon is working to fulfill the vision of Flight Path: 2030, a ten-year plan focused on transformative modern innovations across the resort. Kancamagus 8 is the first major milestone and will open in December 2021.
Cannon Mountain and Franconia Ski Club announce the completion of the Mittersill Performance Center, a 9,000 square foot facility at the base of the Taft Training Slope at Mittersill, that will host all of the Ski Club’s events and operations beginning in the fall of 2021. The Performance Center, which is also open to the public, was built entirely with funds from private donations raised through Franconia Ski Club.
Pats Peak in Henniker has continued to upgrade their snowmaking system by adding additional snowmaking fan guns and two Prinoth grooming machines. Their annual upgrade to snowmaking provides them with five new high-efficiency HKD Diablo fans. They also installed new snowmaking pipe.
Ragged Mountain in Danbury also invested in snowmaking equipment to enhance snowmaking coverage and efficiency. Guests can expect to see renovated lodges at the resort, along with updated kitchen enhancements for their food and beverage outlets.
Skiers and riders renting equipment at McIntyre Ski Area will find many additions to their ski and snowboard rental fleet, plus improvements to the rental shop. Their snowmaking and grooming equipment updates will make for the best snow surface conditions possible. A new outdoor patio and redesigned lodge will enhance the guest experience indoors and out.
King Pine Ski Area also added inventory to their rental fleet including 358 sets of skis and bindings, 486 sets of ski boots, 600 ski poles, 289 helmets, 113 snowboards, 113 snowboard bindings, and 174 sets of snowboard boots.
Grooming at King Pine will be enhanced with the purchase of a new Prinoth Bison snow groomer. This state-of-the-art machine delivers optimal maneuverability and the power to shape and maintain the trails and Terrain Park all while consistently delivering the quality grooming that the ski area is known for.
Their off-season investments in technology are improving on-mountain Wi-Fi access points for better connectivity for guests and will enable the introduction of a ticketing sales and redemption point. It will also allow for limited food and beverage sales at a newly built and larger snow tubing "shack.”
Cranmore Mountain in North Conway continues its resort redevelopment, this year opening the Artist Falls Lodge, a new base lodge for their tubing park. The first level features a tubing park ticketing office and the second floor is a restaurant and bar.
Visitors to Cranmore this winter will see site work begun by the LaFrance Hospitality Group, constructing an 89 room Marriott hotel adjacent to the Tubing Park. It is projected to be completed prior to the start of the 2022/23 winter season.
Ski New Hampshire is the statewide association representing 33 alpine and cross-country resorts in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, trail conditions, vacation planning, and updated winter events at Ski New Hampshire resorts, visit SkiNH.com. For statewide travel info, go to VisitNH.gov