Attitash Snowmaking Upgrade


27, 2017

in Local

An excavator supports pipe while it is being
welded together at Attitash. (GREG FISHER PHOTO)
BARTLETT — Attitash Mountain Resort stopped
spinning lifts for the 2016-2017 winter season on Sunday, April 9, yet the next
morning groomers could be found all over the mountain.

"We've invested in over 3 1/2 miles of
new pipe that will ensure that we can efficiently move water and air to trails
that are early season favorites on Attitash Peak," stated John Lowell,
vice president and general manager of Atttiash Mountain Resort.

Carl McKenna, mountain operations manager who
oversees grooming and snowmaking operations, said, "The abundant snow this
year was great for our guests, but it also allowed us to use our groomers to
move pipe after the season wrapped up."

McKenna added that snowmaking pipe arrived
prior to the end of the season and was staged near the learning center's
surface lift.

Sections of pipe were then staged and welded
together to form continuous strings with some as long as a football field­­.

Staff used grooming machines to take the
pieces up on the snow to their locations along the trails' edge. There, they
will again be welded in place.

Season passes remain on sale at their lowest
prices until Sunday, April 30.

Peak Passes are valid at both Attitash &
Wildcat Mountains as well as Crotched Mountain in southern New Hampshire; Mount
Snow, Vt.; Hunter Mountain, N.Y,. as well as Jack Frost and Big Boulder in
Pennsylvania. Passes start as low as $299, and a payment plan is offered for
only $99 down.

The snowmaking project is just one of several
capital projects underway already this spring at Attitash.

A new kid's splash pad will open this summer
and construction is already underway.

Attitash will open up the Mountain Coaster and
New England's Longest Zipline the ZipTour for Memorial Day Weekend.

The full slate of summer attractions including
the alpine slides are slated to open daily on Father's Day Weekend, June-18t
All dads can receive a free general admission ticket over the weekend with the
purchase of a ticket for their child or children.


  • Here's the pic.


    Interesting that they didn't mention which trails get new pipe. Does anyone know? Pipe looks rather small too.
  • That's 6" - pretty standard for non arterial lines.
  • They don't indicate whether is replacement of old pipes or expanding trail coverage. They say that they used cats to station pipes at the sides of trails. But since they don't name the trails it's not clear.

    The first paragraph includes:
    "We've invested in over 3 1/2 miles of  new pipe that will ensure that we can efficiently move water and air to trails
    that are early season favorites on Attitash Peak,"
    This gives the impression that it's mostly replacement.
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