After receiving approval from the USDA Forest Service in mid-September, construction began immediately to install a new T-Bar lift on the summit's High Country terrain. Trees were cleared and concrete footings poured as Fall came to a close, allowing for installation to continue over snow this season. The existing 1966 double chairlift will continue to operate for its final season until construction is complete, anticipated for Winter 2018. The original double chair will then be removed next summer. T-Bar surface lifts, once popular but since replaced by high-speed chairlifts, are making a comeback in popularity in New England. Exposed terrain susceptible to wind and weather is remedied with surface lifts that provide protection from the elements for more consistent operation and warmer skiers that can stay on their feet. The new High Country T-Bar will also provide slightly more elevation and skiable acreage, a 2.5x faster ascent, and more convenient access to the lower terminal from the unload of other summit lifts.