Jay Peak, Burke Plan Busy Capital Improvement Season

JAY, VT - Jay Peak has begun work on its $30 million summer improvements project. Renovations to transform the Sky Haus summit tram station into a 120-seat restaurant, and the Austria Haus into a Vermont-styled country store are well underway. Plus, construction of the new Mountain Learning Center at the Stateside area of the resort will begin at the end of the month. Two new chairlifts will also be online by the time the snow starts to fall.Jay Peak president Bill Stenger, who along with business partner Ari Quiros purchased Burke Mountain in May, said the focus of the Burke improvements will be concentrated on the resort’s snowmaking system.“Right now the plan is to increase the output of the (Burke) snowmaking system by 50%,” remarked Stenger. “We want to have 75 to 100 new snow guns and two new air compressors online for this coming winter season.” Such an increase will allow Burke to open more terrain earlier and lay down more snow, weather depending. Stenger said he hopes to have the purchase agreement for the new snowmaking equipment finalized by the end of the month.With the increase in snowmaking coverage and capacity, Burke guests should get a full season of riding the new Mid Burke Express chair. Though installed and operational for the 2011-12 winter, the quad ran on a limited basis because of last year’s challenging weather. The new lift makes all 250+ acres of the resort’s winter terrain accessible by high-speed quad.Tim McGuire, Burke Mountain’s General Manager, said the resorts’ partnership continues to generate excitement surrounding the change. “We're already seeing meaningful and immediate impact from this new ownership group and these sorts of signs indicate more positive steps to come.”For the most up-to-date information on Jay Peak, visit jaypeakresort.com. Visit skiburke.com for the latest on Burke Mountain Resort.