October 20th – PHOTOS #7

There are currently 20 operating ski areas in the state of Maine. So, on the 20th of every month, I post a few of my favorite recent lift photos from around the world. This month I’ve chosen 6 photos from Instagram to share with you.

Snowmaking is a GO; Ski Season Nears

This morning at Sunday River, snowmakers took to the slopes firing up 124 guns on T2, Jim’s Whim, and all of Sunday Punch. They will continue to make snow for as long as possible as temps allow. “Our plans are the same as they are every year — we’ll open as early as we possibly can!” says Sunday River’s Mountain Report. Snowmaking this year is 15% greater than previous years thanks to the new river pipeline.

And as snowmaking is just beginning here, over at Killington plans are in place to open tomorrow (October 19th)! The North Ridge Triple is scheduled to open on Friday at 10am and on Saturday at 9. And if you don’t have a season pass here, day tickets will be $59 for adults, $45 for youths, and $50 for the seniors.

Snowmaking has also officially started at Vermont’s Mount Snow.

Snow is falling and lifts are (almost) spinning! What are you waiting for now?

Snow Decided to Show up at Sugarloaf… Finally!

Last night and into this morning, cold temps allowed the clouds to form wet, heavy flakes of snow. For me at least, it feels like it’s been an eternity since snow last fell to the ground.

Sugarloaf employee Noelle Tuttle took out her skis and headed to the hills. As you can see above, snow piled up here overnight. The 2018-19 ski season should be beginning very soon! And with cold temps on the way, Sugarloaf or Sunday River might even fire up the guns.

Vermont’s Killington Fires up the Guns

Earlier today, Killington fired up their snow guns. Once again they are the first to make snow and will also be the first to open (if conditions allow).

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Today.  Credit: Killington Resort

The North Ridge area is now the main focus for snowmaking as this will be the first area to open to the public. Superstar also has guns blowing preparation for the November World Cup races according to newenglandskiindustry.com.

Killington lift tickets are now on sale until October 18th. During this sale, you can save up to 45% on day passes. With a new lift from Leitner-Poma, trail improvements, RFID ticketing and more, it sounds like Killington is becoming an even bigger east coast premier resort.

Next up: Sunday River (if weather allows).

Big Sky 2025 in Action

One of the worlds most technologically advanced lifts is really beginning to take shape over in Montana. Teams from Doppelmayr, Big Sky Resort and Timberline Helicopters mad 71 trips to haul hundreds of thousands of pounds of steel up the mountain. After 6 and a half hours of work, the huge towers stood above everyone on site.

This addition is a huge jump in the American ski industry.  If you weren’t aware, this is the first eight-passenger chairlift in North America. Here are some more interesting facts about it:

  • The lift features the first Austrian-manufactured tapered towers in the U.S.
  • The tallest tower, number 6, reaches 73 feet into the sky, with 30 yards of concrete at its base.  The tube alone came in four sections designed to be carried by Black Hawk helicopters.
  • The first D-Line lift in all American skiing.
  • The only Doppelmayr direct drive lift in North America, increasing efficiency and decreasing noise.
  • It features a height-adjustable loading carpet to load small children safely.
  • The only fully-automated indoor carrier parking system in the USA.  It’s one button!
  • The largest display screen ever seen on the lift terminal (30 feet by 10 feet).
  • It has the brand new Doppelmayr Connect control system.
  • The chairs weigh 2,500 pounds, before even being loaded.
  • The first lift in the United States with auto-locking safety bars.

You can check out the action for yourself on Big Sky’s webcams, showing the construction from two different views.

This lift is truly an amazing piece of art. If you ever get a chance to ride it, do it.

All images credit Big Sky Resort.

September 20th – PHOTOS #6

There are currently 20 operating ski areas in the state of Maine. So, on the 20th of every month, I post a few of my favorite recent lift photos from around the world. This month I’ve chosen 7 photos from Instagram to share with you.

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Can you guess the lift? #welovesnow

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