|The new triple is named after Herbert Schneider, pictured here.|
As autumn and fall foliage wrap up here in the Mount Washington Valley, skiers and riders attention once again turns to winter and dreams of making bottomless turns through white, light fluffy powder. Cranmore’s mountain operations team has been planning ahead to winter since the spring of 2012 with the installation of the new Schneider Triple Chairlift. The lift will be named after Cranmore Legend Herbert Schneider who passed away in June of 2012.
This shot shows the top of the new lift line.
This $1 million investment will replace the historic East Double Chair which had run every winter since 1955 and was the oldest continuously running chairlift in America. Though it is hard to fathom the East Chair not being there anymore, we are excited for the increased uphill capacity and 300 feet of vertical that the Schneider Triple brings to the southern slopes of the resort. More runs and more turns … who can argue with that?
Construction of the lift buildings is well underway. Shot on Mon. Oct. 8.
The Schneider Triple Chairlift will be located to the south of where the old East Double Chairlift once stood, but will still give access to the top of the mountain. When things are all said and done, 11 trails will be accessible as opposed to the 6 trails that the East Double serviced, which should give advanced skiers and riders more reasons to smile as this will help them lap some of the more advanced terrain at Cranmore such as Ledges and Koessler.
The new lift is scheduled to open in mid-December. Join us as the bull wheel starts turning for the Schneider Triple Chairlift, as we celebrate Cranmore Mountains 75th Anniversary and start a new chapter in this historic North Conway institution.