Sugarbush Invests Over $4.5 Million on Improvements for 2014/15 Winter Season

WARREN — Sugarbush Resort has invested over $4.5 million on snowmaking improvements this summer in preparation for the upcoming ski season.

The resort has invested $1.8 million in snowmaking equipment, completing a five-year, $5 million capital project that delivered upgrades in snowmaking at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen including the purchase of over 500 low-energy snowguns. This latest investment includes the purchase and installation of 351 new Snow Logic, HKD, and Ratnik snowguns, as well as significant improvements to infrastructure, with the replacement of a variety of pipes, pumps, valves, and compressors. The new snowguns are expected to help reduce statewide energy consumption by saving an estimated 1,998,256 kWh of electricity and 2,324,392 pounds of carbon emissions per year.

“We’re very excited about all the improvements we’ve been able to make this summer,” said Win Smith, President of Sugarbush Resort. “The new snowmaking upgrades will allow us to generate a lot more snow faster and more efficiently than ever before. All of our improvements should significantly improve the guest experience, something we’re always focused on, especially on some of our busiest days of the year.”

The resort has spent more than $1 million on both mechanical and electrical upgrades to its lifts this summer. A winch cat was also replaced with a new Pisten Bully 600 to improve the resort’s eight groomer fleet.

To help improve the experience on busy days, Sugarbush has expanded parking at Lincoln Peak by creating 450 new parking spaces, located across from Lot E in space formerly occupied by the Warren House Restaurant.