Bousquet Mountain Releases Details For Upcoming Season
Get Ready for the ski season as things get underway!
Bousquet Mountain announced details of its operations for the upcoming 2020-2021 ski season, which include key partnerships with local business operators.
In a press release from Bousquet confirmed:
The Garden will manage the retail shop. Luke Kessler, the owner of the Garden, brings his expertise in snowsports retail as well as a local connection to Bousquet. Luke’s positive energy and enthusiasm make him a key player this ski season.
Ski Fanatics will consult and assist with rentals and ski shop sales this year. Jay Allen, a long-time Ski Fanatics employee (and Bousquet fan) will be managing rentals for Bousquet this year.
Ricky Johnson has signed on to consult and help manage Bousquet’s terrain park. Ricky, a Berkshires native, and a Bousquet fan has created terrain parks for special events around the country and has worked recently at Boreal Mountain in California.
In an effort to sustain a COVID-friendly season, reservations will be required for all non-season pass holders. The lodge will primarily be used for operational staging and employee use.
Bousquet intends to add outdoor features such as fire pits and seating areas while offering food and beverage service outside via hot beverage huts, a walk-up bar, and utilizing the pavilion area, which will overlook the new beginner hill and Lower Beeline.
Bousquet intends to comply with all local and state COVID regulations. Among these, skiers and riders can expect capacity restrictions on the mountain and on chair lifts; social distancing rules; and mandatory face covering.
Kevin McMillan General Manager said,
“Our primary focus will be on the well being of our employees, season pass holders, and the local community. Season pass holders have made a commitment to us, so we in turn have made a commitment to them. Unlike day ticket holders who require reservations, season pass holders need not worry about reservations or capacity concerns. We are focused on creating memorable outdoor moments for all of our guests.”
Snowsports Director Cindy Bartlett has focused Bousquet’s PSIA school programming on providing family-friendly group lessons, private lessons, custom programs for self-defined groups, and a supervised mini-camp for 7-12-year-olds.
Bousquet and the Race Program will work within the state guidelines and are committed to training and providing a modified race program this year.
Capital upgrades continue on the mountain this fall in preparation for a December opening. Bousquet expects the new Poma Triple Chair lift to be installed in November, along with new magic carpets for the beginner area and tubing hill.
New snowmaking guns and significant electrical upgrades to the mountain are on-going, with the parking area and business signage getting an upgrade.
Season passes are currently available at bousquetmountain.com. Season pass holders will have priority benefits this year to help manage capacity as Bousquet navigates the COVID-19 environment.