Sugarbush Resort is spending millions of dollars this offseason on some major projects. Last Friday, the Vermont ski resort announced that they’re upgrading the snowmaking on the Inverness trail.
This summer, they’re adding 20,000 of new snowmaking pipes, over 100 air and water hydrants, 40 new HKD KLiK tower guns, and 2 new valve stations. These changes will allow Sugarbush’s snowmaking team to pump 2000 gallons of water per minute onto Inverness. With faster water flow, it allows Sugarbush to open Inverness faster than in prior seasons. In addition, with Inverness opening quicker, snowmakers can focus on getting other runs over at Mt. Ellen open quicker than in prior seasons.
In order for all these improvements to happen, Sugarbush has decided to remove the GMVS T-Bar. This move actually makes sense, as it only serviced a small portion of the terrain.
In a press release to Ski Racing Media, John Hammond, who is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Sugarbush Resort, described the importance of this project:
“It’s great to see Alterra’s continuing support of Sugarbush. Since acquiring Sugarbush in 2020, Alterra Mountain Company has invested over $30 million in upgrades to Sugarbush, and the Inverness project will allow us to make snow more efficiently and provide a better ski and ride experience for the Mt. Ellen faithful along with improving the training environment for GMVS.”
Other projects that have been announced for this offseason include sculpting a new piste that will enlarge the Heaven’s Gate Traverse and a renovation of the Lodge at Lincoln Peak. More offseason projects will be announced by Sugarbush on their social media pages in the coming weeks.
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