NewEnglandSkiHistory.com
CT
|
Maine
|
Massachusetts
|
New Hampshire
|
RI
|
Vermont
SkiNewEngland.net
 
   Vermont: Ascutney Mountain: Expansions
Ski Area Expansions
 
North Peak at Ascutney Mountain
North Peak Details
North Peak
Status:Abandoned
First Season of Operation:2000-01
Lifts:1 chairlift
Terrain:Intermediate and expert terrain
Return to Ascutney Mountain Profile
Chronically in financial trouble, another attempt was made to launch Ascutney into the class of the major resorts in its region. A five year expansion plan was started in 1995, culminating in 2000 with the expansion above the then-Summit Triple, thanks to an agreement allowing for expansion into the state forest.

Known as the North Peak area, the $3 million expansion increased Ascutney's advertised vertical drop by nearly 300 feet to 1,800 feet (including the lower mountain novice area). A new Garaventa CTEC detachable quad chairlift was installed, climbing 1,673 vertical feet.

Five new trails were originally advertised, however only four would be opened initially (a short connector was added a few years later). A longer proposed trail remained on the trail map for about half a decade, prior to being removed without being cut or opened.

Though the quad provided a dramatically faster ride than the summit triple, it also increased operating costs dramatically. As a result, it was sometimes closed during non-peak periods. Crippling debt led to the closure of Ascutney following the 2009-10 season.

Liquidation rumors quickly emerged. In early 2011, Burke was rumored to have a $1.55 million deal in place to purchase the high speed quad until removal costs were deemed to be too high. In 2012, the high speed quad was relocated to Crotched Mountain. As a result, should Ascutney reopen, the North Peak area could be abandoned.


The 2004 Ascutney trail map showing the North Peak area
The 2004 Ascutney trail map showing the North Peak area

The bottom of the Gateway trail (2004)
The bottom of the Gateway trail (2004)

The top terminal of the North Peak Express (2005)
The top terminal of the North Peak Express (2005)

The 2006 Ascutney trail map showing the North Peak area
The 2006 Ascutney trail map showing the North Peak area

The remains of the North Peak Quad bottom terminal (2013)
The remains of the North Peak Quad bottom terminal (2013)

The former North Peak Quad lift line (2013)
The former North Peak Quad lift line (2013)

Ascutney Mountain Expansion History
Project NameSeasonStatus
North Peak2000-01Abandoned
Summit Area1963-64Abandoned
Sunrise Area1970-71Abandoned
Village Area1984-85Abandoned
West Slope Area1962-63Abandoned
Return to Ascutney Mountain Ski History

Last updated: May 17, 2014

Also on NewEnglandSkiHistory.com...
The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain?
The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain?
Killington and Pico almost connected
Killington and Pico almost connected
A massive ski area once proposed in Southern Vermont...
A massive ski area once proposed in Southern Vermont...
A ski area built on Massachusetts' highest peak that never opened...
A ski area built on Massachusetts' highest peak that never opened...
Beer man and owner of one of the largest ski area chains in history
Beer man and owner of one of the largest ski area chains in history
A small community run ski area in Lebanon, NH
A small community run ski area in Lebanon, NH
   CCC Trails    Cancelled Ski Areas    Expansions    Lifts    Management    Maps    News    Then and Now    Timelines    Topics    In The Press    Links    Site Map    What's New    Feedback

Copyright 2002-2017, All Rights Reserved.