As your skis collected dust this summer, Eastern resorts were busy making big changes for the 2000-01 season. We found new high-speed lifts, new halfpipes and terrain parks, new glades, and snowmaking improvements at most resorts. Needless to say, we're pumped for the coming season.
Another glade in Jordan Bowl ups the tree-skiing ante.
5 acres of advanced glades on Bear Peak add 20 percent more tree skiing.
High-speed quad; more expert glades; base-lodge upgrades; "Bold and Beautiful" season pass program-$199 midweek pass, also good at Cannon Mountain.
"Bold and Beautiful" season pass program-$199 midweek pass, also good at Bretton Woods.
8 acres of glades off Bear Claw trail add 50 percent more tree skiing.
Daytime, lift-accessed tubing in Lower Meadows area.
Debut of North Peak: 4 new trails (1 among the steepest in the East) with a mile-long, high-speed quad, upping vertical from 1,530 to 1,800 feet.
2 Bombardier groomers replace decrepit 30-year-old cats.
2 replacement tram cars eliminate bumpy rides and have music; mountaintop snack bar and ambassador station.
30 percent more snowmaking capacity.
>Mad River Glen
The Mini Single handle-tow lift serving new Callie's Corner beginner area; Stark's Nest lodge renovated; snowshoe trails; computerized ticket system.
Haystack now open weekends and holidays only, allowing resources to go to Mount Snow during the week.
Super Pipe (400' long with 14'-high walls) replaces Zone halfpipe; another terrain park runs from summit to midmountain.
40 percent increase in snowmaking capacity.
AAA (Attitude, Awareness, Accountability) program to promote skier etiquette.
Second Long Trail House opens with 75 condominiums and underground parking.
Expansion of base-area Gatehouse Lodge-no more lunchtime bottlenecks; "Ski the Valley" lift ticket also good at Mad River Glen.
World Cup-format halfpipe has base made of earth so it can open earlier.
Yodeler Lodge: a $3-million, 20,000-square-foot base lodge.
State-of-the-art groomer means even supersteep Wedel can be groomed.
Free shuttle from Lake Placid to Whiteface.
Terrain-park groomer to help fine-tune the bumps and jumps.
Expanded night-skiing terrain-32 of 33 trails will now have night skiing.
35,000-square-foot skier-services building adds space, plaza area, and easier access to slopes.
The Night Club Card offers cheaper night skiing.
30 percent increase in snowmaking capacity.
A 6-passenger detachable lift that will get you to the top in 1/3 the time.
Westin Hotel in the village with 126 units of ski-in/ski-out lodging.
Carte Blanche ticket for Mont-Sainte-Anne, Stoneham, and Le Massif-6,000 feet of combined vertical and 106 trails within 1 hour of Quebec City.
700-vertical-foot intermediate trail; 20 acres of glades; and Highland House with 78 more rooms.