Bretton Woods, which already had a nice layer of snow on the mountain this past weekend, plans to open by Thanksgiving weekend, but in one month, the New Hampshire resort is celebrating the grand opening of its new Telegraph T-bar and rustic warming hut on Mount Stickney with some discounted skiing and riding. Like, really discounted.
On 12/12/12, Bretton Woods will be selling lift tickets for…guess..the price of $12. More than just a “12” gimmick, the price also reflects the retro effect Bretton Woods is instilling on Mount Stickney, erecting a T-bar in lieu of a new chairlift, and creating a “sidecountry” sort of feel to the gladed area. The highlight of the new lift is that skiers and riders will no longer have to return to the base area and traverse over to Stickney.
As for why they decided to name it the “Telegraph” T-bar, history plays a part there too. According to director of ski operations Chris Ellms, during the clearing for the lift over the summer, workers found the remains of an old telegraph cable that ran from a summit fire tower during the days of forest industrialization. The cable was a means for communication with the Mount Washington Resort Hotel, at the base of the mountain.
Unlike that nod, the $12 deal is one day only, of course.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.