Wow, once the permits were issued this summer the new owners of Catamount wasted no time getting construction and renovations started. The update posted on the Catamount in Sept 2018 includes pictures of a new roof going on the main lodge, work for the new triple for beginners, excavation for a new base lodge, and a new 10" pipe for snowmaking water. More snow guns and two new groomers will be available for the 2018-19 season. Even invested in a winch cat. The update is signed by Jim and Jon Schaefer (brothers, sons of Roy), not some marketing Director.
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On the snowmaking and grooming front we are scheduled to receive 80 new HKD snow guns and 5 SMI Pole Cats this fall. Two additional Prinoth grooming machines arrive this fall as well and will take good care of the great snow produced by these energy efficient snow guns. One of these vehicles is a winch cat that will be responsible for grooming the double diamond Catapult trail among others.
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At Catamount this morning. Considering the rain earlier this week, they have done a great job keeping the trails in very good condition. Most everything is open with good coverage. Catapult getting scraped down by mid-morning. All the greens and blues are well covered.
Haven't been here in 4 years. Looks like they have spent some real money on improvements.
I almost got over to Catamount today but couldn’t quite make it happen. Some of the reports I read gave me the impression they might be spared the rain, though nobody could avoid these ridiculous temps. I just looked at the webcam though- could be a lot worse I think.
I guess their snowmaking improvements are paying off for them.
Sunday 1/19/2020 - took my daughter so this won't be a full mountain report since we stuck mostly to the Mass side. Generally speaking, the snow was good. Some cat-tracked "packed powder" in some spots, and genuine packed powder in others, all with a 4-5" fresh coat of actual powder on top. Slarvy turns were the order of the day. The sun peeked out from time to time, and when it wasn't sunny it was snowing, oddly.
Bigger crowds in the lodge and longer liftlines than I've ever seen there, and I've skied there since the 80s. We were actually turned away from the lot (couldn't get the kid out the door in time to arrive before 10), but found an open spot as we were "turning around." Sure it's a little inconvenient, but I'm happy to see some visitors subsidizing my local hill!
Overall I'd say if this were a normal Sunday without the crowds it would have been an epic Cat day. As it was, it was pretty fun skiing interspersed with a lot of not-as-fun waiting around. This week and the upcoming weekend should be good if they continue with all the blowing and grooming they've been doing.