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Posted: Sep 04, 2008 - 4:58 PM GMT

Ropeways.net is giving updates by states. The VT entry is way too long for a single posting. Here's only what we haven't had on our list. However they have much more listed:
Bromley is justifiably proud of its long reputation for top-quality ‘product,’ – extensive snowmaking and four-season trail grooming debuted in the late 1930’s – and Bromley aims to keep that reputation intact. Hence its $1 million investment in capital improvements for the 08/09 season, the bulk of which is going toward an arsenal of HKD sv10 tower snow guns. These guns will increase Bromley’s already impressive snowmaking capacity by an additional 30 percent and will allow for more manmade snow at moderate temperatures; that translates into more open early-season terrain and fast recovery after poor weather. Bromley will be throwing much more snow, so it’s no surprise that a new Prinoth BR350 groomer – the ultimate grooming and snow-moving system – will be added to the fleet.
Gladed trails are at the top of the list this season at Smugglers’ Notch. Added to the 22-and-growing percent of terrain amidst the trees at the resort, Madonna Mountain now has Attitude. To get to this trail, skiers and riders jump into the balsam firs on Lower Drifter just before the mid-station on skier's left. After pumping their legs through the hardwoods, skiers and riders come out of this steep pitch on Lower Rum Runner on Sterling Mountain. Most of Smuggs other glades have received a thorough trimming.
For intermediates and experts, Stratton shines with its six new glades and trails in the Sunbowl. Old favorite trails and terrain will be enhanced with a new Prinoth Sherpa Winch Cat for steep pitches. A Prinoth BR350 terrain park cat that boasts more horsepower and range of motion will build innovative rails and features at the Tyrolienne Slopestyle course for freestylers to enjoy, especially the Stratton Saturday night terrain park events. The competitions are under the lights and open to all.
Bolton installed new snowmaking lines on the main mountain and will be installing new energy efficient snow guns and fan guns; just a little more help for Mother Nature, who already blankets the resort with more than 300 inches of snow. The new state-of-the-art Prinoth Bison snowcat/groomer will join the three groomers already in the Bolton Valley fleet.
Magic Mountain continues to improve the snowmaking operations with increased efficiency through overhauled snowmaking lines and increased capacity. Magic also continues to improve glade skiing options for the 08-09 season through increased thinning of off trail areas mountain wide. Adventurous skiers can follow the numerous tracks leading into the woods to find the best tree skiing in Southern Vermont.
A half million dollar expansion to Sugarbush’s two-year old Gate House lodge means more room for fun. At the lodge's Castlerock Pub, pub-goers can toast to a 1,200 square-foot addition to increase its already delectable menu offerings. Atop the addition, a slope-side deck will have a BBQ and fire pit. Sugarbush will also be building an addition onto the top floor of the Gate House lodge for more food-court seating and conference space. Construction will begin in September and the additions will be open by Christmas week.

Ascutney Mountain Resort is pleased to announce that the resort received town approval for its master development plan for the base of the ski area. When construction is complete, Ascutney will have new slopeside real estate as well as an all new day lodge, ski school, ticket outlets, food and beverage and retail outlets and a new ski shop, rental and tuning facilities. Ascutney is building the first new single family home development in the area in many years and plan to begin offering these lots in the fall.
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Posted: Sep 04, 2008 - 5:19 PM GMT

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Bolton installed new snowmaking lines on the main mountain and will be installing new energy efficient snow guns and fan guns; just a little more help for Mother Nature, who already blankets the resort with more than 300 inches of snow.


In keeping with the NY liars thread...I thought Jay was the only NE or at least VT area boast 300" or more. Isn't neighboring Stowe 260-280?
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Posted: Sep 04, 2008 - 6:04 PM GMT

Bolton might get more than Stowe. But FWIW, this skivermontsite claims Bolton gets 300" and stowe gets 333".


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Posted: Sep 05, 2008 - 12:05 AM GMT

In the same Ski Vermont site Smuggs is 295" and Jay, the undeputed king (perhaps), is 366". I think Smuggs is more realistic than Bolton and certainly Stowe.
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Posted: Sep 05, 2008 - 12:36 AM GMT
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Actually, according to local legend (I grew up in the area and skied the Otto Schneibs trails before DesLaurier arrived to install lifts), Bolton gets more than either Stowe or Smuggs for some reason. It may be that the snowfalls at each are roughly the same, but Bolton isn't subject to winds quite as high as the others. Their base is actually quite sheltered.
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Posted: Sep 05, 2008 - 12:54 AM GMT

Good and sound info about Bolton. I've been there in the summer but never skied there.
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Posted: Sep 05, 2008 - 2:18 AM GMT

One resort that I didn't see on there was Burke. I took a ride up there from school yesterday and saw that they had done a few things this summer, although fortunately it did not appear that they have changed all that much yet. There are a few new house sites cleared on the road to the ski area, as well as they are in the process of replacing both bridges at the S turn on that road up there. They also re-paved the access road to the Sherburne Lodge from the road up about 200' or so. You can also see where they widened Upper Willoughby up on the upper mountain.

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Posted: Sep 05, 2008 - 2:51 AM GMT

i imagine bolton being located on the west side of the greens has something to do with it's increased snowfall - the precip drops there as it is pushed over the ridge.

i'm sure a meteorologist could explain, but where would we find a meteorologist on SJ?

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Posted: Sep 05, 2008 - 10:31 AM GMT

Jonni, in addition to not including the big mountains, to save space, I didn't included "non-skiing" improvements. Here's Burke's:

Burke Mountain launched the Burke Mountain Music Series, a year-round commitment to hosting live entertainment. The majority of the live entertainment is in the newly renovated Tamarack Grill, which re-opened this summer with a new family-oriented menu that features greater diversity and expanded pub fare. A new stage, complete with a 24 channel sound board and state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems allow for optimal sight and sound. The Burke Mountain Music Series culminates with the annual Burke Mountain Music Festival in the fall.
For those who want to kick it up a notch, Burke Mountain features a new intermediate terrain park located on Lower Foxes Folly that offers modified terrain and a variety of features. Burke Mountain is also proud to be the latest Burton Learn To Ride Resort in Vermont.

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Posted: Sep 11, 2008 - 4:30 PM GMT

I hiked Okemo yesterday and they were making very good progress on the loading/ unloading carpets. The Drive terminal load area is dug up and stoned and the wooden guides are in place at the return with the rebar already sticking up. One other thing I noticed is that it appears to be a large unload ramp than before, probably needed for space for the carpet. Anyway hopefully one of these days I can get someone with a camera.

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