All the New this Winter
Friday, September 1, 2017
Written by John Bleh
When I see the school buses on the roads again, I know that winter is not far behind. . .
Having a great winter is an incredible thing during the winter, but perhaps an almost better benefit of a great winter is the ability to reinvest our success into the next season. After a strong 2016-17 season, we’re doing just that--investing in a number of new capital projects that will provide an even better mountain experience for you.
Many of you are aware that we are in the process of replacing two of our older chairlifts. We are switching out the old Village Double at Lincoln Peak and the Sunshine Double at Mt. Ellen with two new fixed-grip quads. The new Village Quad and Sunshine Quad will provide better beginner experiences at both mountains. It’s fun to ride the the lift with more friends. We also regraded the areas around both lifts to better suit beginners.
We are replacing our old ticket-scanning system at all of our base lifts with RFID (radio frequency identification) gates. All passholders will receive a new SugarXpress Card with their season pass loaded on it. SugarXpress Cards will work for day tickets, Quad Packs and other ticket products, as well. You will need to store the card inside your clothing—on your left side, between knee and shoulder--to open the gate. This will be a benefit for people (like me) who tend to forget their pass. Leave it in your jacket! We expect this upgrade to make the lift line experience smoother and more pleasant. The transition and learning experience will be the tricky part, so take a look at our FAQ and our Getting Your Pass pages if you have questions.
Another big change this season was our joining the Mountain Collective. Mountain Collective Passes are on sale, giving you two days at each of the sixteen participating resorts and 50% off additional day tickets, as well as at four international affiliates. If you have a Sugarbush Premium Pass, you receive the 50% off day ticket discount at other MC resorts. Sugarbush passes are available for purchase at their lowest rates through September 13th.
Aside from those big changes, we’ve invested in a number of other projects to improve the guest experience. These include replacing one of our older air compressors with a new, adjustable compressor that allows us to control the amount of air we produce (and thus reduce our energy consumption); the purchase of additional SnowLogic low-energy snowmaking guns; replacement of the North Ridge Quad motor; the installation of new snowmaking pipe on Which Way; and the purchase of two new Pisten Bully groomers (one specifically designed for the terrain park).
And it seems like Father Winter is investing in this season, as well. The Farmers’ Almanac is calling for a “cold, snowy” winter in the Northeast this season. The predictions for other geographic areas are much more mild: the Northwest should expect “brisk, drier than normal” conditions, and “cold, moderate snowfall” out west. Here’s hoping for another snowy winter!
See you on the mountain,