The 1990's

1990’s -- Improving the Experience:

The decade of the 1990s was a time of expansion and embracing new ways of doing things that made the skiing experience better for visitors.

Wachusett’s embracing of new technologies and advancements in snowmaking thwarted the variable weather and virtually guaranteed that there would be a skiable surface on the mountain every day and night. The mountain crew made a commitment to groom the slopes every six hours – one of the only ski areas in the country to offer twice-a-day grooming.

Wachusett strengthened its reputation as a learning mountain for families with a new beginner’s area and a children’s terrain garden, the Polar Playground, for the winter of 1992-93. The Mountainside Ski & Sports Shop opened in the Lodge and featured brand names, a specially trained staff of outfitters and technicians, equipment demos and in-store clinics.

By the 1993-94 season, Wachusett had grown to five lifts, 18 trails and the largest single-building base lodge in America – at over 25,000 square feet. The Black Diamond Retaurant was upgraded with increased seating and kitchen capacity and served pub style dining. Wachusett’s racing program took a leap forward when the mountain staged the Wachusett Women’s Pro Cup.

A four-person chairlift, the Polar Express, was strung to the summit in time for the 1995-96 season as part of a $10 million development making Wachusett the only ski area in Massachusetts with a high-speed quad chairlift.

In 1998, Wachusett Mountain Associates bought a country inn off of busy Route 2 and renamed it the Wachusett Village Inn & Conference Center. The Village Inn gave Wachusett winter and summer visitors a close-by lodging alternative. The Inn features 74 guest rooms and suites in 11 buildings and cottages and sits on 100 wooded acres.

 

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