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Overnight temperatures allowed for snowmaking system testing to take place Sunday evening in to Monday morning, October 20. (Left) A view on morning of Monday, October 20 from the Mount Washington Auto Road showing a portion of Upper Lynx at Wildcat Mountain blanketed in white as a result of one night’s snowmaking test.

 

Pinkham Notch, NH – Wildcat Mountain has completed the largestsnowmaking upgrade in its history installing over 10 miles of newsnowmaking water and air pipe, acquiring 227 new high output/high efficiency snow guns and completingthe construction of a new, state-of-the-art, mid-mountain, booster pump house. Over $2 million dollars has been invested to dramatically improve thesnowmaking efficiency and output of Wildcat’ssnowmaking system.During the 2013/14 season, Wildcat worked with some of the industry’s leading snowmaking equipment manufacturers in what is believed to be the largest testing and demonstration project ever conducted at any mountain in the East. Following successful tests in a variety of weather conditions, delivery of new snow guns from HKD and Snow Logic have been arriving this summer and fall. In addition to the original 131 gun investment of almost one half a million dollars, Peak Resorts has recently announced an expansion of the project. An additional $330,000 was approved to acquire 96 more high efficiency units. The total investment in new guns now totals more than $800,000. Trails that will directly benefit from the snowmaking improvement project include Polecat, Lynx, Upper Catapult, Middle Wildcat, Wild Kitten, and Bobcat.As part of the original project, a new $350,000 booster pump house building facility was constructed and completed, including the installation of new diesel motors, booster pumps, diesel filtration system, heat, electricity and 3,600 gallon fuel storage capacity. Excavation of a functioning work road to and the area around the top of Middle Lynx was required to accommodate demolition of the old pump house and allow access for cement trucks to build a new foundation complete with custom grated cement floor.

From the early planning stage, the goal of the project has been to modernize and improve how efficiently the snowmaking system operates, which was a factor when deciding which technology to purchase. “Today’s snowmaking technology is so impressive and we estimate Wildcat will burn 50,000 gallons less diesel fuel annually as a result of the upgrade,” said Peak Resorts’ Northeast Project Manager, Brendan Ryan. “The completed project will ultimately lead to using less power and burning less fuel while producing more, high quality snow and the new pump house will ensure snowmaking reliability on the key upper mountain trails.”

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Attitash Mountain Imporvements Increase Snowmaking Efficiency

by Christian Mower on October 21, 2014

Bartlett, NH – Attitash Mountain Resort’s off-season capital improvement projects have exceeded initial plans announced last spring and will significantly increase the efficiency and output of its snowmaking system for the coming 2014/15 winter season. A majority of the improvements have been made on Bear Peak, including Morning Star, Snowdancer, Wandering Skis, Kachina, Avenger, Moonbeam, Trillium and Mythmaker trails, as well as the Abenaki Terrain Park.

The project included the installation of new snowmaking water and air pipes, rebuilding of pumps and motors and the installation of a combination of 285 new, high-efficiency, low-energy HKD and Snow Logic brand snow guns, 179 more guns than originally planned. These new state-of-the-art guns will dramatically improve the ability to produce greater amounts of snow while increasing the efficiency of the snowmaking system. The installation of the 179 additional snow guns increased the amount invested in the snowmaking upgrade by more than $770,000, in addition to the $1 million investment initially announced last spring.

The new guns are capable of producing greater amounts of snow in both marginal and ideal cold temperatures using less energy and are easier to operate than older snow gun technology. This summer’s snowmaking improvements follow the previous year’s $1.3 million Thorne Pond rejuvenation project, a major snowmaking water resource for Attitash.

“We will be focusing even more attention to the quality of our product this season,” said John Lowell, President of Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain. “Peak Resorts’ increased investment this off season in the snowmaking infrastructure and new snow gun technology will be a ‘game changer’ for Attitash Mountain Resort’s snowmaking efforts. We are very excited for what this means for our customers this coming season.”

In addition to snowmaking improvements, Attitash has acquired a new $300,000 Prinoth snow groomer, two new shuttle buses and a new van for transporting guests between Attitash and Bear Peak base areas, parking lots and the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel.  Attitash also added over $80,000 of new Burton snowboard equipment to its rental inventory.

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2 killed in Bridgton Car Accident

by Christian Mower on October 21, 2014

Police say two people have died in a car crash in Bridgton. Chief Kevin Schofield says the victims were passengers in a car that went out of control while trying to pass another vehicle and struck a tree on Route 302 last evening. The driver of the car 35-year-old Candice L. Tucker of Gorham Maine was treated for minor injuries at Bridgton Hospital. 16-year-old Brandon Denis from Gorham Maine and 35-year-old   Eric S Morey of Portland Maine were pronounced dead at the scene. The chief says a preliminary investigation suggests excessive speed was a factor in the crash.

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Several Accidents in Maine linked to same Drunk Driver

by Christian Mower on October 20, 2014

A Drunk Driver in Maine is being blamed for several accidents involving several vehicles as well as a house. At 8:30 Saturday night the Cumberland County Authorities received several 911 calls of a vehicle on the wrong side of the headed East on Route 302, Roosevelt Trail in Naples Maine. Less then 2 minutes later more calls came in reporting three separate motor vehicle crashes. One vehicle with a women driver and two 14-year-old girl passengers reported being “side-swiped” as it was crossing the Naples Causeway bridge. A second vehicle, driven by a single women, reported being struck by a vehicle in the wrong lane. Then another call came in saying a vehicle went off the road and struck a residential home at the intersection of Roosevelt Trail and Songo School Road. Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the crashes and determined that they were all related and caused by the same vehicle a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup Truck. The driver, 66-year-old Barbara J. Thorpe of Casco, was arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol. All drivers and passengers were not injured. The home was occupied at the time of the collision, however, no was injured as well. Thorpe is being held at Cumberland County Jail on $200 cash bail  for Operating Under the Influence and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage crash. She is schedule to appear in Bridgton District Court on December 16.

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Happy Conway Video Right On Track

by Christian Mower October 9, 2014 Front Page News

Capturing some fun at Storyland for the Happy Conway Video Project with videographer Frank Benesh on Sep 26, 2014. Photo credit Keith Force. The Happy Conway Video Project is well on its way to the creation of a locally filmed and edited version of the musical video “Happy,” by Pharrell Williams. People, places and events […]

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Candidates for Maine Governor Face Off in First Debate Today

by Christian Mower October 8, 2014 Front Page News

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The three candidates in a tight race for Maine governor are ready to face off in their first debate. The debate will be held Wednesday morning at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Christopher Hall, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, is serving as moderator. Political observers […]

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