Ski area prepares for season with major upgrades


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

With the weather challenging the hottest temperatures on record and even Sam Champion breaking a sweat, it’s hard to think of snow on the mountains and strapping on skis.  But the folks at Windham Mountain are digging deep into their corporate pocket to insure a quality experience.

One of the three top ski resorts for folks in New York and Northern New Jersey, Windham has over the years added amenities, new ski lifts and runs to keep it at the top of the game.

Plans are now underway to put a $7 million investment to work reshaping and enhancing the mountain.

“The investment we made this summer and for the coming winter will dramatically change how Windham Mountain does business,” said Chip Seamans, president and general manager.

The changes should be immediately visible to those arriving at the resort.  The access road and main driveway that used to lead from the secondary road into the resort have been moved to make room for an extensive beginner’s area expansion project.

The new beginner terrain will be located in front of the base lodge and will offer four acres that will feature two surface lifts for skiers and riders who are learning the sports.

Add to that a new intermediate (Blue) trail on the mountain’s west peak, Windham will increase it overall trail count to 51 for the 2013-14 season.

The resort’s snowmaking system is also undergoing major changes with more than $1.5 million in infrastructure upgrades.  The system has been upgraded over the past few years and is now undergoing a core system upgrade.  Four high-efficiency compressors will replace the nine current compressors and a mid-mountain booster pump will increase the quantity of snow made on the top of the 3,100-foot mountain.

Since its acquisition several years ago from the previous owner group, Windham Mountain has invested $1 million in the Windham Country Club.  Construction is in progress on five holes with irrigation that will be finished with sod and is expected to be ready for play by Labor Day.

A new course bridge is being built across the Batavia Kill and the clubhouse is also newly renovated with the addition of Windham’s newest restaurant, Mulligan’s Pub.

Other improvements at the mountain include 37 new and refurbished fan guns, remodeling of the Mountain Sports Boot Lab, the Wheelhouse Mid-Mountain Lodge upgrades, and more shuttles.

Windham is less than a half hour from Exit 21 of the New York Thruway.

Visit www.windhammountain.com for more information.