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What’s New at Vermont’s Resorts this Summer Season
Ski and Snowboard Construction Projects
Middlebury College Snow Bowl
The Middlebury College Snow Bowl will be building two new race start buildings on the Allen and Ross trails this summer. These will not only reduce the amount of snowmaking currently required to achieve the necessary heights but will also enhance the comfort level of racers, starters and hand timers. Replacement of snowmaking pipe will continue this summer as well.
Mount Snow Resort
It will be a summer full of construction and improvements at Mount Snow. The resort will break ground on their new $20M 36,000 sq/ft lodge at Carinthia Parks. The lodge will have seating for 600 and will house a full-service cafeteria, restaurant, two bars and coffee counter, along with retail, ski school sales and rentals. But that’s not all, Mount Snow is also putting the finishing touches on their $30M West Lake Water Project, that is set to increase snowmaking storage capacity by 600 percent, allowing them to open more trails earlier than ever before.
Jay Peak Resort
Jay Peak Resort will spend $20 million this summer as it resumes the final phase of its revitalization initiative. The list of projects includes the completion of cottages around the resort’s Stateside area, and a 15,000-square foot recreation and entertainment center. New to the initiative’s lineup are two outdoor sports fields. The resort’s recreation and entertainment center will be located across from the Stateside Hotel. The 15,000-square foot facility will have a movie theater, a state-of-the-art arcade, and a Clip ‘n Climb ropes gym. The new cottages and recreation and entertainment center will open for the 2017-18 winter season. The new outdoor sports fields will come online in the summer of 2018.
SKI MAGIC LLC is investing $1 million in the off-season to continue the progress made this season revitalizing Magic Mountain. Capital investment focuses on expanding and improving snowmaking coverage and lift service, as well as enhancing Magic’s classic ski lodge experience. A major snowmaking project will begin this summer at the snowmaking pond to increase water volume, and in combination with new piping and hydrants, Magic will significantly expand snowmaking coverage to over 50% of its terrain. There will also be a new base to mid-mountain lift servicing intermediate and novice terrain which will allow Magic to open earlier than ever and allow non-advanced skiers easier access to Magic’s terrain without going all the way to the top via its Red and Black Summit chairs. In addition, a new magic carpet conveyor lift will be installed at Magic’s new Nelson Family Learn-to-Ski Center. The old beginner handle tow area will be transformed into an expanded terrain park/rail jam area, all viewable from Magic’s refurbished base lodge and Black Line Tavern.
Mad River Glen
In over twenty years of co-op ownership, Mad River Glen has invested more than $5 million in capital improvements. This summer, Mad River Glen will work to maintain and preserve what can already be found at the mountain. The new General Manager, Matt Lillard explains, “we don’t want to mess with a winning combination,” GM, Matt Lillard explains. The ability of Mad River Glen to consistently reinvest in the mountain’s infrastructure is a testament to the success of the Cooperative. Co-op share sales are always important. New shareholders will know that their support will enable the Co-op to fulfill its mission of protecting and preserving Mad River Glen’s unique ski experience for future generations.