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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The Ikon Pass Continues to Grow

The Ikon Pass continues to grow this week adding 7 new resorts around North America and extending the days at a few eastern resorts. Earlier this week they announced that Taos, Solitude, and Brighton would be joining them for the 2018/19 ski season. Each mountain proudly posted that they would be joining this growing pass:

Just this morning Ikon welcomed 4 more resorts. Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, The Summit at Snoqualmie, and Cypress Mountain. These 4 resorts are all owned and operated by Boyne Resorts.

This morning they also announced that Sugarloaf, Sunday River, and Loon would now get up to 7 days at each mountain, instead of the original 7 days between the three resorts. Each mountain posted something similar to this:

@ikonpass is “not done yet” as said in their Instagram story just about an hour ago. Tomorrow they will be announcing one more resort that is joining their pass.

This pass just keeps growing and getting better. 34 destinations becoming 35 tomorrow, it doesn’t get much better than this. And while this pass is starting at only $699 for adults, it beats the season pass price at many of the ski areas around the country.

August 20th – PHOTOS #5

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.

Multi-Year Lift Installations? – New England

During the 2018 offseason, lift construction has been proceeding at some mountains, while being delayed at others.

 

Snow Bowl Quad – Stratton     //     Black Triple Chair – Magic

The Black Chair at Magic Mountain in Vermont has plans to be replaced this summer by Stratton’s old Snow Bowl Quad, but it is now questionable whether this project will be completed in time. As of now, Magic has the Snow Bowl Quad on site, but the Black Chair is still standing due to late permitting. The $900,000 project is in the middle of the Vermont Act 250 process. If Magic is unable to obtain a permit soon, it will keep the Black Triple in service for another winter.


Ascutney Outdoors acquired a used 1987 Doppelmayr T-Bar last winter. The non-profit group has been stuck in the Vermont Act 250 permitting process for months now. The group now has to wait until August 27 to see if a hearing will be required in order to get a permit for the $100,000 project. It is currently unknown if this project will be finished for the 2018-19 ski season.


 

Old High Country Double  //  New High Country T-bar

Waterville Valley started construction on the new LST T-bar last fall, but has been delayed in the recent months. Waterville only has a few months out of the year when they can construct at elevation due to Bicknell’s Thrush bird restrictions. The High Country T-bar is still expected to open for the 2018-19 ski season, providing a faster lift that can operate on windier days.


At Bretton Woods, Stratton, Killington, and the Green Chair at Magic, all lift projects are scheduled to finish in time for this winter. Unfortunately, no new lifts will be installed in Maine this year.

8/17/18 UPDATE – The new Killington 6-pack will feature blue bubbles.

July 20th – PHOTOS #4

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.

Saddleback Buyer Arrested

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Sebastian being interviewed at Saddleback on June 18th, 2017 after announcing his company would buy the ski area. The sale has still not been completed.

Sebastian Monsour, CEO of the Majella Group, has recently been arrested for fraud by misusing $5 million. His arrest followed a raid of his office in Brisbane, Australia.

A “long and protracted investigation” went into action before his arrest, said the Queensland Police. The police are also trying to determine how the money was used. They say it is unlikely the money will be recovered.

As of right now, it is still unknown if Saddleback will open to the public ever again, although many are hopeful.

For the full report on whats been going on at Saddleback, click HERE.