2000’s & Beyond – More Improvements
As the first decade of the 21st century unfolded Wachusett continued its steady improvements.
The 1,700-foot, high-speed, four-passenger Minuteman lift replaced the Nor’easter triple chair, making Wachusett the only Massachusetts ski area with two high-speed, detachable quad chairlifts. The Monadnock double chairlift was replaced with a triple chair, which allowed more skiers and snowboarders per hour reach the top of the beginner’s area and opened up a more functional learning area.
The Main Base Lodge received a dramatic, 10,000-square-foot, two story boost in 2000 when the Granite Room and Mountain Suites were added. The Granite Room doubled the area available for families and groups to congregate and the Mountain Suites provided private hospitality rooms for parties or conferences modeled after the Skyboxes found at major league sports stadiums.
Additional Main Base Lodge improvements continued in 2001 as cafeteria was converted into a modern food court and the Mountainside Ski & Sport shop was further enlarged by adding more space for retail.
After 10 years of environmental review and even ill-founded tree-sitting protests that gained national attention, the Vickery Bowl was partially opened in time for the 2003-04 season. Two 1,500-foot intermediate trails and eight acres of terrain brought Wachusett’s trail count to 22. Also that season a 350-foot Magic Carpet was added to the Easy Rider beginner area. The venerable pony lift that had served the learning area for decades was relocated to the Sundowner trail. A second Magic Carpet replaced the 200-foot rope tow in Ollie’s beginner area.
Vickery Bowl received a 1,500-foot triple chair which allowed a second trail to open and the addition of a second alpine park and race training terrain in 2004-05. A year later, Wachusett constructed its first-ever half pipe at the bottom of the Look Mom trail.
As a reminder of Wachusett Mountain’s past, the Bullock Lodge was renovated and reopened in 2010 after being vacant or used for storage for 50 years. The lodge is now known as the Bullock Lodge Cider House and serves apple cider and donuts during the winter season.
The Ski Train was reinstated in 2006, giving Boston city skiers access to Wachusett. The weekend commuter rail service runs from Boston’s North Station to Fitchburg where skiers catch a shuttle to the mountain.
Off-season during the 2000’s, Wachusett continued to grow it’s year-round offerings as as brides chose the ski area to stage their perfect weddings.
Wachusett Mountain was even featured in two films during the 2000s. In 2001 the mountain was a location for “Shallow Hal” while “The Legend of Lucy Keyes” was filmed at the mountain in 2005.
The decade also brought numerous awards to the mountain. The Crowley family received the prestigious Sherman Adams Award in 2008 from the National Ski Areas Association for having significant influence and contributions on the ski industry. Then in 2011 Wachusett was recognized by SKI Magazine as one of the top 20 ski areas in the East.
As the 2010’s unfolded, Wachusett added a third high-speed, four passenger chairlift to start the 2011-12 season. The quad chair replaced the Monadnock triple chair on the mountain’s beginner terrain and provides a four-minute ride to the top of the hill.
Decades in Review | 1960's | 1970's | 1980's | 1990's