> Ascutney's new mile-long high-speed Garaventa CTEC detachable quad is ready to roll. The North Peak Express rises 1,664 vertical feet to the new North Peak summit area. In the fall, a heavy-duty helicopter lowered the 20,000-pound pieces into place, the first-ever crane-free installation of this type of lift.
> At press time, it wasn't clear whether Burke would open this winter. The ski area's lifts and lodges were sold to an anonymous bidder for a mere $300,000 at a September foreclosure auction. Less than two weeks later, Burke Mountain Academy, which runs the renowned racing program, purchased the resort, saying they planned to run the poma for Academy students only, and would soon announce if Burke would be open to the public.
> ASC resorts are again offering prepurchased multiday mEtickets this winter. If purchased before December 4, a 12-day (nonconsecutive) adult lift ticket will run you $492, or $41 per day -- daily savings of $18. A nice change: Unused tickets are now transferable to friends after March 16, 2001.
> It's official. Big Tupper is closed. At press time, equipment was being carted away and the ski area was for sale. The owner hopes someone will buy the place as a private estate or for a housing development. (That's what happened to King Ridge a number of years ago.)
> Where can you get the southernmost-produced maple syrup in North America? At the on-mountain Black Run Sugar House at Snowshoe, West Virginia. The syrup is produced from the resort's maple trees.