Summer Build Update
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Before we closed for the ski season, we were already working on our summer projects - and this summer we bit off an extremely large chunk. Many of you have been asking for updates. Kelsey has been doing a fantastic job with her videos. I encourage you to follow updates on the Mount Snow website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please excuse my reduction of blog posts - I'll get back to it when we are further along with some of these projects. Here are a few details and photos for old times sake.
Q: What projects are you doing this summer?
A: We have two very large projects that combined total about $52M to construct.
West Lake (our new snowmaking water storage pond) is complete and is currently holding about 37 million gallons of water (roughly 56 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of water). All of that water has fallen from the sky. We hope to start filling the lake at the beginning of August. West Lake's full capacity is 120 million gallons (roughly 182 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth) so even though we're a third of the way there, we have a long way to go. In order to get all of that water from West Lake to the slopes, you need a lot of plumbing. We are installing over 46,000 feet of pipe and building three pumphouses with more than 20 brand new pumps. It's safe to say this is one of the most significant moments in Mount Snow's history. Why? Because it will allow us to make more snow, faster, and better recover from swings in temperatures. For example, instead of opening early season with 5 trails, we could open with 7-9, including a trail or two on the North Face. More water also allows us to get the permits to expand to 100% snowmaking, a dream we've all had since Walt first pioneered snowmaking here decades ago. Here's a quick rundown of the pumphouses that we are busy building - all of which will be functional in October 2017.
West Lake pump house: Located on Cold Brook Rd.
Carinthia Pumphouse : Located at the base on Carinthia on the Grommet trail.
Roy pumphouse : Located on the mountain on skiers right at the bottom of Drop.
II. CARINTHIA BASE LODGE
The new Carinthia Base Lodge construction has begun. Well, at least there is a massive hole in the ground and the footings will be poured any day now. Our goal is to have the structure closed in for winter so we can work on the interior during the ski season. The 38,000 sqft lodge will not be open to the public until the fall of 2018. In the meantime, we will continue to use our existing lodge at Carinthia. I've been spending a good amount of time with the design team and the new lodge will not disappoint. Not only will it deliver on all of the services you need like equipment rentals, tuning shop, bag check and ski school but it will also have a convenience and retail store, a restaurant, a youth room, cafeteria, coffee bar and lots of outdoor patio space. And my favorite, plenty of bathrooms, changing rooms and family restrooms.