What’s new at Mount Washington for 2016.17
MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS AT MOUNT WASHINGTON
Over two million dollars invested in snowmaking, grooming, restaurant, and retail.
The Resort has purchased three snow cats from Prinoth, a leading manufacturer of snow grooming machines. The Resort will add one winch cat and two conventional cats to the existing fleet of five groomers to significantly improve the on-snow experience in both the Alpine and Nordic areas.
The Resort is studying proposals from three snowmaking equipment manufacturers and developing plans. There are a number of options, and since they are committed to designing and installing a state of the art system which achieves maximum production and energy efficiency in this particularly difficult climate; for this season, there will be ten more snow guns installed which will be enough to cover the tubing hill area and the basic beginner terrain.
The biggest physical change that guests will notice is a new restaurant where the retail store used to be and a new retail experience where the coffee shop was last year. The menu has been developed around a bakery in the morning and bistro in the afternoon concept. With great food and big picture windows facing the mountain and Strathcona Park it will become a favorite place to meet and hang out.
The Resort has partnered with Rossignol to bring an industry leading retail concept to the mountain. A larger, more innovative ski shop will move into the east end of the Alpine Lodge and the space will undergo a complete renovation. The store will have a very contemporary feel in its expanded space. Along with the traditional ski and snowboard gear from Rossignol and other suppliers, the General Store has been integrated into the new location as a small French themed market. The Petit Market will sell grocery items as well as beer and wine.
To round out the retail experience, Mount Washington and Rossignol will present a new Rossignol Demo Centre near the base of the Eagle Chairlift. The design of the Centre will be reminiscent of a high-end new car showroom where guests will be able to learn about the technology behind skis, boards and boots. To put all that new knowledge to use, a fleet of 30 demo skis and 10 demo boards will be available so guests will have the opportunity to take the gear out for a test drive. Boot fitting and repair services for all types of gear will also be offered in the Rossignol Demo Centre.
In conjunction with the expanded retail and demo program at Mount Washington, the resort is introducing two Rossignol Experience Centres, one in the Alpine Lodge, home of the alpine ski school and rental fleet, and the other at Raven Lodge, which is the center of Nordic activities. In addition to explanatory graphics and displays, both the alpine and Nordic rental shops will receive an influx of new equipment, including over 500 new pairs of skis, 100 new snowboards and 500 new pairs of boots, all from the Resort’s ski and snowboard equipment partner, Rossignol. Guests can expect to get the best gear available when renting which means a better experience on the snow, whether on the cross-country trails or on the alpine ski runs.
Lastly, two other initiatives round out the investment for this coming winter, a new point of sale software system to meet the new standards for customer information security and a new logo which will be introduced to reflect the progress the resort is making towards improving the guest experience in every facet of its operation.