Berkshire East and Catamount Plan Three New Lifts
Schaefer Resorts will invest heavily in its Massachusetts and New York mountains coming out of the pandemic. In a letter to guests dated yesterday, Jon Schaefer remarked on this season’s success and looked toward the future. “This year skiing got its groove back,” he noted. “This wasn’t just at our mountains, but across the board, skiing in the United States switched from something people did or went on vacation to do and became the wintertime covid escape mechanism. In November, I wondered how everyone would survive and worried about what the sport would lose, and in March, it’s obvious that at least on the mountain, people and the sport are thriving.”
As previously announced, Catamount’s Glade double will be replaced with a triple or quad. Although most of the ski area lies in Massachusetts, this new lift will be located entirely in New York State. A second new lift is planned to service unspecified new terrain.
Berkshire East will move forward with an eastward expansion “immediately,” including a new lift ending near the top of Mohawk with a base terminal located just above the Deerfield River. This project has been in the works for a number of years with permitting in place. Both Berkshire East and Catamount will also see major snowmaking upgrades.
All three lift additions are likely to be refurbished fixed grips from other mountains. One Poma triple has already been delivered to Catamount for installation.Article by Peter Landsman