Sugarbush Resort began snowmaking this past Sunday in preparation for a planned opening day of Saturday, November 23.
Snowmaking crews commenced their work on Jester, the intermediate trail that runs from the top of the Lincoln Peak all the way to the base area. While temperatures remained low, crews continued making snow into the early part of the week, turning to include Coffee Run and Lower Downspout. The resort aims to open with top-to-bottom skiing via Jester, Downspout, Lower Downspout, Lower Jester and Coffee Run.
The first snowmaking of the season at the resort comes after a series of new upgrades to the snowmaking system. Over the summer, the resort added 76 new HKD snowmaking guns on Stein’s Run, Upper Organgrinder and Downspout. The resort also purchased 12 Snowlogic four-stage towers. These upgrades come on the heels of recent expansion in 2011 that included the installation of 40 Snowlogic towers at Mt. Ellen, in partnership with Green Mountain Valley School.
“This latest investment will allow us to make more snow on more trails earlier in the season than we have been able to do in the past,” said John Hammond, vice president of Mountain Operations.