Most noticeably, we have begun installing the first access gate for our new dual-frequency RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) ticketing system at the SuperQuad. As you may recall from the announcement back in February, the plan is to install these access gates at key entry points such as the SuperQuad, Whiffletree, DRC, and West Mountain. These are expected to be up and running by the start of the season.
In addition to the new RFID terminals at the lift, we have also purchased 10 RFID Pick-up Boxes which will allow you to bypass the ticket window to pick up pre-purchased lift tickets. The new system will completely transform your Sugarloaf experience by streamlining the arrival process with direct-to-lift convenience, as well as limiting person-to-person contact in high-traffic areas. All ticket and pass media will also be reloadable to make the experience even faster and more efficient.
Over on West Mountain, the massive 450 acre expansion remains on schedule this summer, with the engineering and permitting processes currently underway. As you may recall, this promises to be the most transformative project in our 70 year history, with plans to add new alpine trails, snowmaking, a new high speed chairlift, tubing park, downhill mountain bike trails, additional parking, and residential real estate lots.
Our hotel spa and Caribou Pond dam projects, which had been scheduled to be completed this summer, have been delayed but remain in our plans for the near future.