Thanks for early and late snow, Vermont got the best season in four years.
The Vermont ski areas association 50th Annual Meeting at Jay Peak on June 5-6 gathered members, supporters and friends of the Vermont ski and snowboard industry. Thanks to good snow in the beginning and end of the ski season, this past season was historic.
Vermont saw 207K more skier and rider visits this season than last, an increase of 5.2 percent. The 4,178,533 total skier visits were the highest since the 2014-15 ski season and a 1.2 % higher than the 10-year average seen at the Vermont’s ski areas.
The state’s history early openings with large amount of skiable terrain allowed the season to have these great numbers. Killington opened on October 19, three weeks ahead of opening day and was the earliest opening in the East. Mount Snow Resort had its earliest opening in its 64-year history, opening on October 27. Smuggler’s Notch Resort opened on November 23 with the most skiable terrain on an opening day – 58 of its 78 trails were opened.
Killington will replace its North Ridge Triple Lift with a Quad Chairlift. They have filed paperwork with the state to replace the vintage upper mountain lift.
News from New England Ski Industry.
Killington will continue its activity of lift projects this summer, as the resort has filed with the State of Vermont a project to replace the North Ridge Triple Chairlift. This will result as per the Act 250 filed made public this week, in a Leitner Poma fixed grip quad chairlift installed along the existing line. A draft permit has been generated by the state.
The Triple North Ridge Chair was installed by Heron-Poma in 1972, with 587 feet climb in vertical drop over a run of 2,290 feet. The oldest lift in Killington, the North Ridge, is typically the first chair to open in New England’s ski season each year. But because of its high elevation, the lift construction season may be limited due to environmental issues.
Vermont Lift Ticket Prices are Up by 6% . The average weekend non-holiday adult ticket price is now $93.12.
Post from New England Ski Industry. Vermont remains the most expensive state in New England, as the average weekend full day adult lift ticket at a chairlift served area has climbed to $93.12. Six areas now have retail lift ticket prices greater than $100 per day.
Vail Resorts does not publish ticket window rates, so January 5th window prices referenced in the online store were used for Okemo and Stowe.
Stowe is once again the most expensive in the state, rising from $131 to $139. Killington and Stratton posted the largest increases, jumping 12% to $129 with new lifts being installed.
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