Badger Pass, Yosemite Park, Calif.: Constant T bar lift, 2,640 feet long, has vertical rise of 385 feet. Capacity: 1,200 skiers per hour. $50,000 in improvement spent on lodge and feeding facilities. Baby-sitting service now provided for family skiers.
Mount Baldy, Swartout, Calif.: 1,400-foot T bar has vertical rise of 200 feet to top of beginners' hill. Lift cost $40,000, can handle 600 per hour, travels at only four miles an hour. Mullin's Mile now 50 feet wide, two miles long. Roads from Los Angeles improved.
Cisco's Tunnel Mt., Donner Summit, Calif.: Austrian platter pull lift, 600 feet long, 250-foot vertical rise, capacity 400 skiers per hour.
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Dodge Ridge, Long Barn, Calif.: T bar 1,000 feet long, 300-foot vertical rise, capacity 750. Last year's Pomalift improved along with slopes it services.
Edelweiss, Twin Bridges, Calif.: new rope tow added to existing tow, giving combined length of 1,300 feet, with a vertical rise 450 feet. Lodge added new beer parlor called Bull Pen.
Squaw Valley, Calif.: new lodge completed with radiant-heated sundeck on three sides, dance floor and recreation room. Beginners' slopes regraded, rope tow extended. New Olympic downhill, slalom courses opened for advanced skiers.
Sugar Bowl, Norden, Calif.: double chair 7,000 feet long rises 1,600 feet to summit of Mount Lincoln. Capacity 600 skiers per hour; cost $225,000. Rope tow moved higher up mountain, lodge improved.
Heavenly Valley, Bijou, Calif.: two rope tows (1,300 feet and 800 feet), 45-meter jump at base of mountain. Lodge enlarged. Road now black-topped. Stein Eriksen, at Boyne Mt., Mich. last year, heads ski school.
Mount Hood, Portland, Ore.: 60-foot sundeck added onto Multorpor warming hut.
Tomahawk Ski Bowl, Klamath Falls, Ore.: 2,250-foot Poma, 630-foot vertical rise, 650 skiers an hour.
Snoqualmie Pass, Seattle, Wash.: 1,000-foot Poma, 209-foot vertical rise, capacity 900, cost $25,000. $60,000 Thunderbird restaurant completed.
Mount Baker, Shuksan, Wash.: Razorhone Trail opened. $30,000 warming hut completed.
White Pass, Wash.: 5,200-foot double chair lift rises 1,520 feet, has 600-per-hour capacity.
Arapahoe Basin, Dillon, Colo.: 2,300-foot Pomalift rises 700 feet from base to midway, capacity 1,000 per hour; from midway another Poma—1,800 feet long, capacity 700—rises 550 feet to top of West Wall. Cost for both: $35,000. Area has new $60,000 ski lodge, ski shop.
Aspen, Colo.: Double chair 3,100 feet long, rising 850 feet with capacity of 900 replaces T bar on Little Nell and Lower Silver Queen. Area spent $1.5 million improving trails, building restaurants, lodges, doubling size of octagonal sundeck restaurant.
Hidden Valley, Estes Park, Colo.: 2,200-foot Austrian-Schroll disk lift with 750-foot rise scheduled for completion Jan. 1 on Big Drift at Upper Hidden Valley. Also 1,200-foot platter pull with a 500-foot vertical rise will service three trails in lower valley. New $50,000 building has cafeteria, ski shop. All trails have been widened.
Loveland Basin, Colo.: 2,700 feet double chair, 1,000-foot rise and 700 capacity; cost $130,000. Modern stone warming hut constructed at upper terminal of lift at 11,700-foot elevation.
Lookout Pass, Wallace, Idaho: 2,345-foot Pomalift, rising 735 feet, capacity 550 skiers per hour.
King's Hill, Great Falls, Mont.: Pomalift 3,600 feet long, 935-foot vertical rise, capacity 300 skiers per hour.
Snow Park, Missoula, Mont.: 2,300-foot Poma, 440-foot vertical rise, capacity 400.
Santa Fe Basin, N. Mex.: rope tow added to beginners' slope, Thunderbird trail widened, access road improved and lodge expanded.
Taos Ski Valley, N. Mex.: 2,150-foot T bar, 1,010-foot vertical rise, capacity 300 skiers per hour.
Boyne Mt., Boyne City, Mich.: 900-foot J bar with 225-foot rise and capacity 450. Skiable area increased 30% by widening and lengthening trails. Modern cafeteria added. New snow-making machinery atop Hemlock covers area 260 by 2,400 feet. Franz Gabl replaces Stein Eriksen as head of ski school.
Caberfae, Cadillac, Mich.: $60,000 building expansion includes new lounge, ski shop; three new ski areas completed.
Mount Normandale, Minneapolis, Minn.: 1,200-foot Austrian-platter pull has vertical rise of 200 feet, capacity 1,000 skiers per hour; cost $32,000.
Terry Peak, Rapid City, S.D.: 30-foot jumping hill for beginners, old beginners' hill extended to 100 feet.
Rib Mountain, Wausau, Wis.: Birch Run intermediate slope, and beginners' slope both completed.
Sugarloaf Mt., Kingfield, Maine: 2,600-foot T bar, vertical rise 950 feet, capacity 450 skiers, has been added to previous installation, giving total length of 6,240 feet with 1,800-foot rise. Lodge at bottom of slope has been enlarged to twice original size. New Tote Road run is 2½ miles long.
Titcomb Memorial Slope, Farmington, Maine: 1,300-foot Pomalift with 279-foot vertical rise, capacity 800 per hour. New lights installed making possible night skiing three times a week.
Bousquet's Ski Area, Pittsfield, Mass.: 2,500-foot T bar, vertical rise of 400 feet, capacity 1,200. $150,000 spent to renovate buildings, widen slopes, cut new trails and install artificial snow-making equipment capable of covering 400,000 square feet when temperature drops below 30°.
Otis Ridge, Mass.: Pomalift 1,400 feet long, rising 345 feet with 750 capacity.
Belknap Mt., Gilford, N.H.: 3,200-foot chair renovated, Stonebar novice trail widened, two new trails cut out, ski shop enlarged, beginners' rope tow moved and lengthened 300 feet.
Black Mt., Jackson, N.H.: J bar extended 500 feet, new trail cut between Spruce and Sugar Bush.
Cannon Mt., Franconia, N.H.: trails now link with Mittersill Ski Area.
Dartmouth Skiway, Lyme, N.H.: 3,700-foot Poma, vertical rise 950 feet, capacity 800, and 1,000-foot rope tow with 250-foot vertical rise, both servicing trails on Holt's Ledge; also has base lodge: total cost of new area $175,000. This new area is for Dartmouth students primarily, but is open to the public.
Snowcrest Ski Area, Lebanon, N.H.: new area with 1,500-foot T bar, 650-foot vertical rise, capacity 300; two rope tows 600 feet and 175 feet; three trails, one open slope have been cleared; new warming hut constructed.
Mount Whittier, West Ossipee, N.H.: new area has 2,000-foot overhead cable lift serving two trails, one open slope.
Roxbury Ski Center, Vega, N.Y.: new area scheduled to open Jan. 1 with 2,000-foot T bar, 700-foot rise and 800 capacity, services five trails; also new lodge.
Princeton Ski Bowl, Prattsville, N.Y.: 3,000-foot Bearpen Run opened with 605-foot drop; lodge and rope tow added.
Belleayre Mt., N.Y.: 3,000-foot T bar with 800-foot vertical rise and 720 capacity scheduled for completion Jan. 1. Onteora and Utsayantha trails have been extended 1,000 feet to summit. $150,000 spent on improvements.
Mont Gabriel Club, Mont Gabriel, Quebec: 2,200-foot T bar with 500-foot vertical rise, capacity 1,000.
Manoir St. Castin, Lac Beauport, Quebec: 2,500-foot Constam T bar (runs parallel to old T bar), 500-foot rise, has 850 capacity; $50,000 spent in improvements.
Sun valley Hotel Suisse, Ste. Adele, Quebec: 1,900-foot T bar, begins 50 feet from hotel, rises 500 feet, 550 capacity, services 10 new slopes; cost $20,000.
Burke Mt., East Burke, Vt.: 4,880-foot Pomalift with 1,520-foot vertical rise, capacity 575.
Jay Peak, North Troy, Vt.: 1,810-foot Pomalift with 540-foot vertical rise and 800-per-hour capacity services practice slope 1,800 feet long and 200 feet wide.
Smuggler's Notch Ski-Ways, Jeffersonville, Vt.: 3,300-foot Poma with 1,000-foot vertical rise, capacity 900; 2,065-foot Poma, vertical rise 500 feet, capacity 1,000 skiers. Two-mile novice-intermediate run, expert trail opened. Trails from top of Poma linked with Stowe's Spruce Peak.
Stowe, Vt.: 1,800-foot T bar with 300-foot vertical rise, 1,200 skier capacity added to Toll House Slope. Carrying capacity of all lifts increased to total of 4,885 skiers per hour. $250,000 spent on improvements, plus $100,000 for new restaurant at base of Little Spruce. Lift rates reduced.
Mad River, Waitsfield, Vt.: Lift extended to top Stark Mt., 20 chairs added. Chute, Glade trails smoothed, lodge expanded.
Mount Snow, West Dover, Vt.: South Bowl completed, with slope 600 to 1,000 feet wide. Three-story $50,000 Summit Lodge and $30,000 ski shop finished. 750-foot double chair has 50-foot vertical rise, capacity 1,200 skiers. Access road rebuilt.