Winter News


by Craig Altschul

The Pump House, a new $27 million, 50,000-square-foot waterpark makes its formal debut Saturday Jay Peak in the Northeast Kingdom. The idea is to weatherproof vacations and the idea is likely to become a “game changer” for the resort. Lodging reservations have already surged by as much as 120 percent as word gets out. There’s a retractable roof, an “AquaLoop” slide that drops riders into a 60-foot freefall before sending them into an upside loop at 45 mph speeds. There’s the largest indoor river in North America and the Double Barrel, a twin FlowRider standing wave so you can tweet your friends about surfing in Vermont. The new Hotel Jay and Conference Center opens in February.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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