It’s back to the future for Bretton Woods which continues to add new features and expand the resort to meet the needs of family travelers. As ski resort General Manager, Chris Ellms, explains the newly expanded glades on Mount Stickney, complete with its own newly installed T-Bar and warming hut, is a way of introducing a new generation of skiers to the best of the past in skiing. “We’re so retro, we’re cool,” explained Ellms in a recent unveiling of the new facilities and ribbon cutting at the Mount Stickney cabin, which occurred at exactly 12:12pm on 12-12-12. “We’re going so far backward, we’re moving forward,” finished Ellms in explaining the value of the new multi-use backcountry facility and its appeal to all generations of skiers.
In an age of glitzy higher-speed lifts and gondolas, high-tech snowmaking and martini bars atop the mountain, Bretton Woods is intentionally going back to the best of what used to be by unveiling a good old reliable
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Doppelmayr T-bar lift. It’s classic New England skiing at its best offering a little nostalgia for parents and grandparents and a thrill for younger skiers and riders, many of whom are intrigued by the idea of such a new and different lift. Named the Telegraph T-Bar after the pieces of old telegraph cables found during its installation that at one time linked to a neighboring hotel, the 2,000-foot surface lift takes skiers to a wooded natural snow area on Mount Stickney with gladed trails for all ability levels.
Knowing that the exhilaration of glade skiing has been reserved mostly for expert skiers, the resort intentionally opened some of the new trails to provide an easy intermediate option, giving less experienced skiers what Ellms describes as that “Outdoor Magazine cover” thrill. There’s even an option for Nordic skiers to ride the lift, and access trails that wind around the mountain and back to the bottom. Marti Mayne of Maynely Marketing Photo
Near the summit of Mount Stickney a 600-square-foot warming cabin provides a rustic, solar-powered respite complete with indoor and outdoor fireplaces and seating. While there are no facilities or food service yet, future plans include the option for food service and toilet facilities. One thing they do offer up here in large doses of great mountain views.
“From our standpoint, the new Mount Stickney expansion gives Bretton Woods Resort another avenue to enjoy four-season access to the outdoors,” explained Kevin Belknap, the Omni Mount Washington Resort’s Manager. “Now we can fill our guests’ days with relaxation, spas, skiing, high mountain adventure, and much more,” finished Belknap.
While the cabin and lifts were produced elsewhere, the majority of the expanded facilities were assembled and built locally by Bretton Woods’s guides and staff doubling as Marti Mayne of Maynely Marketing Photo
carpenters, surveyors and general contractors. The local, eco-friendly stamp is found in every nail, screw and newly opened view in the glade expansion and its facilities created with a strong nod toward low impact and high access to nature.
For more information on Bretton Woods, visit http://www.Brettonwoods.com.
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