CRANMORE PLANS NEWS FACILITIES AND CONDOS

by Christian Mower on December 13, 2013

THE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF CRANMORE MOUNTAIN RESORT IN NORTH CONWAY SAYS THE RESORT WILL SPEND TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO REPLACE DATED SKI FACILITIES AND BUILD NEW SLOPESIDE RESIDENTIAL CONDOMINIUMS.

BEN WILCOX SAYS HE’S VERY EXCITED ABOUT CRANMORE’S MULTI-YEAR MASTER DEVELOPMENT PLAN HE FORMALLY PRESENTED TO THE CONWAY PLANNING BOARD THURSDAY.

THE PLAN CONTINUES IMPROVEMENTS STARTED IN 2010 THAT HAVE COST NEARLY $10 MILLION, INCLUDING LIFT IMPROVEMENTS, THE BUILDING OF A STATE-OF-THE-ART CHILDREN’S CENTER, A TUBING PARK, RENOVATION OF THE FITNESS CENTER, SNOWMAKING UPGRADES AND THE ADDITION OF YEAR-ROUND ATTRACTIONS, INCLUDING THE MOUNTAIN COASTER, GIANT SWING AND SOARING EAGLE ZIP LINE.

BRIAN FAIRBANK – CHAIRMAN OF THE FAIRBANK GROUP THAT MANAGES THE RESORT, SAYS THE LATEST PLAN ADDRESSES CRANMORE’S NEED FOR NEW SKI FACILITIES AND “INCORPORATES A UNIQUE SLOPESIDE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY THAT WILL HELP ASSURE THE RESORT’S SUSTAINABILITY.”

THE PLAN CALLS FOR SIX NEW BUILDINGS TO REPLACE EXISTING ONES, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE RECENTLY RENOVATED TICKET OFFICE BUILDING, THE HISTORIC SUMMIT MEISTER HUT AND THE ARTIST FALLS LODGE THAT HOUSES CRANMORE FITNESS. WILCOX SAYS CARE WILL BE TAKEN TO PRESERVE HISTORIC ELEMENTS OF THE RESORT, LIKE VINTAGE WOOD BEAMS AND THE BELOVED SKIMOBILE CARS.

NEW FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A RESTAURANT, CAFETERIA, SEATING, LOCKER, REST ROOMS AND CHANGING AREAS, A SKI SHOP AND RENTAL SHOP.

2, 3, AND 4-BEDROOM CONDO UNITS CALLED KEARSARGE BROOK AT CRANMORE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE BUILDINGS, A CONCEPT WILCOX SAYS IS UNIQUE TO THE VALLEY AREA BUT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL AT VERMONT’S STRATTON MOUNTAIN AND AT JIMINY PEAK IN MASSACHUSETTS.

WILCOX SAYS MONEY WILL BE SPENT IN THE LOCAL ECONOMY THROUGH THE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION PHASES OF THE MULTI-YEAR PLAN. FAIRBANK SAYS IT WILL “PUT CRANMORE ON THE MAP AS ONE OF NEW ENGLAND’S QUINTESSENTIAL RESORTS.”

THE PLAN IS SUBJECT TO REGULATORY APPROVAL AND MUST GO THROUGH A PERMITTING PROCESS BUT WILCOX HOPES GROUND CAN BE BROKEN ON THE FIRST BUILDING IN THE SPRING OF 2014, WITH 18 CONDOS BEING BUILT IN THE FIRST YEAR.