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McIntyre Ski Area ticket prices on rise

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 01. 2014 9:28PM
Ross Boisvert, vice president and general manager, stands on the new 8-inch and 10-inch snow making water pipes wait to be installed at McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester on Wednesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER — McIntyre Ski Area is adding more lights and increasing daily tickets by $2 as it aims to open a week earlier than normal — Dec. 6, weather permitting, of course.

“We’ve got a bucket of stuff going on,” Ross Boisvert, vice president and general manager, said Wednesday.

The price hike for one-day tickets will help finance the $250,000 to $300,000 in improvements as well as help cover other costs, such as insurance, Boisvert said. The one-day ticket will cost $36 for adults and $32 for those age 17 or under.

Sales of season passes for the upcoming season are running 13 percent ahead of last year.

They cost as little as $25 for seniors age 65 and up or children under 3. Adults are $270 and juniors (ages 3 to 17) are $240. If a family buys two junior passes, then adult passes cost only $99 each, he said.

“We’ll start making snow right around Thanksgiving as soon as temperatures permit,” Boisvert said.

The ski area also upgraded the tubing park.

“We made it wider, and we improved in the starting area” and in the ending area, Boisvert said.

Most, if not all, ski areas make improvements every off-season, said Jessyca Keeler, executive director of Ski NH, an industry group representing 33 New Hampshire ski areas, including McIntyre.

“In part, the public expects it,” Keeler said.

Skiers see “what ski areas are doing to keep them coming,” she said.

At McIntyre, the ski area is replacing 1,000 feet of water lines, “so it will increase our water flows and our efficiency in making snow,” he said.

The slopes will be brighter this year.

“It’s going to add lighting to a new trail that didn’t have lighting and additional lighting is going to be more energy efficient,” Boisvert said.

The new lighting will improve visibility and save on electricity costs, he said.

The ski area is replacing electric motors and electrical drives on its two chair lifts, making them more energy efficient. It also will allow the chair lifts to run at two speeds, including a slower pace to aid younger and newer skiers. The ski area also is replacing the rope that the chairs are pulled up on.

People can buy used ski equipment at a ski swap Oct. 17 and 18. People can drop off their used equipment between Oct. 11 and 16.

“It goes on consignment,” Boisvert said. “We’ll sell it for them. They can either get 80 percent cash or 100 percent in a gift card to the ski area (to spend on anything).”

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