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Owl's Head - New Ownership and Future Plans

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Thank for the update Shane. I had recently seen a post on their FB page of a recent photo of all the snowfall recently, and the photo was of the intersection of the Baby Quad and Panorama Chair, and the Panorama Chair is still standing. So it looks like both doubles are still there but chances are the Panorama may be the one not running this year, and slated for dismantling in the spring. Maybe that is why they list only one double for this season.

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**The mountain has announced they will open for the season this coming Sunday.**

The new Owl's Head website is now live to browse. https://owlshead.com/

I have highlighted below some interesting points, that can help you discover what's changed and new at the mountain this season.

The trail map found here (https://owlshead.com/ski/#pistes) indicates 50 trails and 6 lifts (5 chairlifts and 1 carpet). The lifts include the Summit Quad, Black, Baby, Lake and Blue chair as well as the magic carpet. The Green (which was removed) and the Panorama are not mentioned or listed on the chairlift list. However the trail map image on this page still shows the Green chair line, but the Panorama is removed.

The base chalet is now called the Mtn Haus chalet.

Services will open progressively as renovation work is completed. Priority of opening services such as the ticket office, customer service and cafeteria. The restaurant will open a bit later when the work has been completed. The Mtn Haus hotel will start taking reservations as of January 30, 2019, but the opening date is still to be confirmed.

Owl's Head will also start using RFID cards to access lifts. The ECHO card is the RFID smart card on which you can load day tickets purchased online or in person at an Owl’s Head ticket station. The NINOXE card is the RFID smart card on which you can load limited and unlimited season passes purchased online or in person from customer service at Owl’s Head. Reloadable, non-cashable and non-transferrable, both cards give you access to a variety of activities at the ski hill.

Interestingly the ski lockers will also use the NINOXE card as a key to open them. Families can share a locker, in which case several cards can be used.

The snowmaking system received an extensive refit and upgrade. Included are TechnoAlpin snowfan guns.

Lastly, you can find the latest ski conditions and trail status here : https://owlshead.com/en/ski-conditions/

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Owl's Head just announced that due to the recent rainfall, the opening has been postponed one day. New opening day is Monday, December 24th at 8:30am.
 

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OPENING DECEMBER 24th

Ski Owl’s Head will be open tomorrow on December 24th. The Black Chair will be operating from 8h30. A shuttle service will be available from the main parking lot (P1) to transport you to the chairlift. It will be possible to return to the ski chalet (MTN HAUS) via the slopes or by taking advantage of the shuttle bus. The summit chairlift (Main Quad) will open in the next few days.

 

On a side note, they have corrected the trail map to remove the Green Chair that was still being listed.

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Seems like the good weather (ironically) has slowed down progress at Owl's Head. They sent out an email newsletter saying that currently only the Black chair and related trails are open. The next priority is the Summit Main quad and then the Blue chair, but there is no ETA as to when they will open.

Hoping they can finish up what is needed soon to allow access to the entire mountain.

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I saw photos in the local newspaper online and they have redone the top and bottom stations of the Black Quad. They are now Gray by the looks of the photos and they look a lot better than they were. I hope they redo the the Main Quad and eventually the Lake Quad as they were looking pretty beat up lately.

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Just a quick note; a buddy of mine skied Owl's Head yesterday and posted a few pics and one was from the summit. The top of Lilly's Leap has been revamped. If you remember there was a narrow start to the trail to the first corner, well that is now a thing of the past. The corner of Colorado and Lilly's has been opened up immensely eliminating that narrow section. This would hopefully remedy the icing that usually occurred by noon with everyone scraping off the snow. There is a new landing that has been built in front of the old section of the chalet, or MTN Haus as it is now known, this landing extends out the front and brings you to ground level now. No more walking in front having to walk under the front stairs.

Also Owl's Head has installed an RFID ticket system for this season from what I understand. I had seen a photo of the scanner at the base of the Main Quad. Later on during the season I am hoping to get there to see the other improvements and to update photos.

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There seems to be some speculation (lots of posts) on the Owl's Head facebook page that the Lake Chair will not operate this season. Instead, a ski out will be provided at the bottom of the Upward Trail to cross over to reach the Black Chair. I can't confirm this but apparently, according to what people are posting, this will be the case.

Not ideal but if there is enough snow, it won't stop people from enjoying those trails anyways, as you can still get in near the top and out at the bottom of that area.

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I cannot confirm this either. It did not look like a lot of action was taking place over at the base of the lift. You can see the Lake Quad through the woods as you ride up the Black Quad. It didn't look like there were any chairs on the lift line with the exception of one near the bottom terminal on the downside. I could not make out 100% if there were other chairs further up on the line.

The Panorama Chair and the Blue are still standing. The bottom terminal of the Blue is getting a bit of a makeover which leads me to believe that the Panorama chair is gone this summer and the Blue is staying put.

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There is some big news from Owl's Head in the local French newspaper le Reflet du Lac in regards to a purchase of a new Quad chair with loading carpet to replace the aged Lake Quad. The demantling of the Lake Quad is scheduled to begin this spring with the new Quad being ready for the start of the 2019-20 season. The current lake quad was installed back in 2000. It had been previously located at Breckinridge Colorado. Here is the link to the story with more info about the new lake quad.

https://www.lerefletdulac.com/2019/03/04/owls-head-achetera-une-nouvelle-remontee/

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Good news. 

Does sound like it will be a fixed grip instead of the detachable it replaces based on the price and how they speak of it. 

A fixed grip with a loading carpet should still go quite well, with a ride time of 5-6 minutes I would predict for that length. 

The old detachable quad was a very old model and didn’t run at a very high speed anyways so ride time should be comparible. 

Lets hope that as other lifts are replaced over time that (Black and Summit main) that they are kept as detachables. 

Thanks for sharing Paul. Good news all over. 

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