by Craig Altschul

Unpredictable weather in New England is, well, predictable. Jay Peak Resort in Northern Vermont is making it more tolerable when it interferes with vacation plans. The resort is unveiling the Pump House Water Park to its collection of new indoor amenities that include 2009’s Tram House Lodge and Spa and 2010’s NHL-sized hockey rink. The idea, as the song sort of goes, is “when the weather outside gets too frightful, the fun inside is just delightful.” The new $27 million waterpark features a retractable roof and an AquaLoop slide that drops riders into a 60-foot freefall before sending them into an upside loop at speeds of 45 mph. It also is home to the largest indoor action river in North America and the Double Barrel – a twin FlowRider standing wave for “surfing Vermont.” The Pump House is part of the largest current construction project in the state that also includes the Hotel Jay and Conference Center.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. 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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