It has been a busy summer for the ski resorts.
Summer is typically a busy time with summer activities (and there are plenty of those going on across the area).
However, it seems a little busier than normal for resorts making improvements for the upcoming season.
It is crazy to think that we are in the second half of 2022 already, and the fogs of August are just over three weeks away.
The season will be here before you know it.
Resorts are continuing to get ready for the upcoming season, and here are some updates as we head into the heart of July.
Beech Mountain shared a June 1 video showing the Doppelmayr crew setting towers for the new Lift One.
The new quad is replacing the double chairlift and is the third Doppelmayr quad installed on the mountain in four seasons.
Beech is also repurposing some terrain – including a new beginner trail where the terrain park was set up and moving the terrain park to Powder Bowl.
Bryce Resort is also upgrading Lift Two and shared this nice status shot back on June 10.
Bryce mentioned on Facebook that it will help have two lifts in the winter, and also allow them to alternate lifts in the summer for maintenance.
Massanutten has been full-speed ahead on work for the new Mueller’s Mile.
We shared this over on Facebook a month or so ago, but it is always cool to watch a new trail being cut.
As you may recall, Massanutten has started a pretty extensive expansion campaign for the next couple of years to celebrate its 50th anniversary. I believe they are also slated to add a black diamond run this year.
Ski Sapphire has also started fine-tuning systems for the upcoming season.
Sugar Mountain shared this update over on Instagram that showed the new Oma’s Meadow lift coming along nicely.
The new Doppelmayr quad replaces the former two-passenger, fixed-grip. From the looks of that photo, it also looks like the lift has been moved to the side for most of the run before ending where the former lift did in the middle.
The new lift will cut the travel time by over seven minutes.
You can also keep an eye on the progress over on Resortcams at https://www.resortcams.com/webcams/sugar-ski/.
Winterplace has also been extremely busy with a significant rental shop overhaul ongoing in addition to making snowmaking improvements.
Wolf Ridge unveiled a new website over a month ago and teased some other new and exciting changes coming to the Wolf. I haven’t seen anything since, but we will keep an eye out for those.
While not every resort has posted updates, I have no doubt that those not mentioned are working to improve for the upcoming season, and we will work to bring you updates on those in the coming weeks.
As the timer continues to count down towards the start of the season, keep checking back for more updates.
That does it for today, but until next time, #ThinkSnow.
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