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Mount Washington Valley

March
17

Andy Smith, Badger Peabody & Smith, Chuck Henderson, Victoria Laracy, Ben Wilcox, Brian Fairbank, Tyler Fairbank, Jonathan Gould (Union Bank), Sue Perry (Union Bank), Tom Holmes, Joe Kenny, Todd Niemasyzk (Owner Atlantic Construction Group)

North Conway, NH (March 16, 2022) – Cranmore Mountain Resort has officially unveiled Fairbank Lodge, the next phase of its base area redevelopment. With construction projected to begin on April 5, Fairbank Lodge will replace Cranmore's existing base lodge and will include 30,000 square feet of new day lodge facility space, along with 15 residential condominiums.

Named to recognize Cranmore's current owner Brian Fairbank, who was recently inducted into the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame, the new lodge will include a new food pavilion, slope-side bar, day and season long lockers, rest rooms, a café and ski accessories shop. Cranmore's rich history will be incorporated into the interior design of the building, including large wall murals located throughout the first two floors.

The two-story condominiums on the third and fourth floors of the building have been designed with an open-concept floor plan that includes a master suite bedroom and bath, spacious kitchen and dining area, and living room with large windows that span across Cranmore's South and North Slope or feature sunset views over the resort's village complex. The units, all of which are currently under contract, will range in size from 1,419 to 1,933 square feet for 2-to 3-bedroom homes and 2,360 square feet for the 4-bedroom penthouse.

The Fairbank Lodge entrance features an open concept to the second floor, with a double-sided fireplace. A large floor-to-ceiling mural of the surrounding mountain range will wrap the entryway walls.

The first floor of the Fairbank Lodge is projected to be operational for the start of the 2022-2023 ski season, with the second floor and entire Fairbank Lodge slated to be completed prior to the start of the 2023-24 winter season.

"The Fairbank Lodge will replace Cranmore's aging facilities with a state-of-the-art ski lodge and progressive residential condominiums that will meet the needs of today's day and overnight visitor to the resort," commented Cranmore President and GM Ben Wilcox.

Atlantic Construction Group, the contractor who completed Building 2 of Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore last year, and most recently the new Artist Falls Lodge, will be the general contractor for the new project.

"We are thrilled to be part of this next chapter for Cranmore," said Todd Niemaszyk, owner of Atlantic Construction Group. "This is an exciting time for them, as they morph further into becoming one of the leading year-round resorts in New England."

Conceptual base area designs were produced by Bull Stockwell Allen, based in San Francisco, California,and SE Group, based in Burlington, VT. The architect of record for the Fairbank Lodge is Archetype Architects based in Portland, ME and the planning and civil engineering work was completed by HEB Engineers based in North Conway, NH. Archetype and HEB Engineers were also involved with the design and development of the new Artist Falls Lodge and Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore building.

Cranmore continues its partnership with Badger, Peabody & Smith Realty, which secured purchase and sale agreements for all 15 condominium residences within a month of receiving the NH Attorney General's approval.

The Fairbank Lodge is a continuation of resort improvements that started in 2010 when Cranmore was purchased by the father and son team of Brian and Tyler Fairbank of The Fairbank Group, and Joseph O'Donnell. When complete, the $60 million base area redevelopment, which is based on the highly successful development at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in the Berkshire's of MA, will double the size of the area's day-visit facilities and introduce 98 condominium residences to the resort. 

Another notable development at Cranmore Mountain Resort includes the addition of a new Fairfield Marriott Hotel, currently under construction. The new hotel will be owned and operated by Lafrance Hospitality, a proven operator who owns hotels from Florida to the Coast of Maine. The 89-room hotel, located next to the Artist Falls Lodge, is projected to open in November of 2022.

Since The Fairbank Group's acquisition of Cranmore in 2010, it invested over $25 million in improvements and development into the resort, upgrading mountain infrastructure and snowmaking technologies, adding four new lifts, enhancing family ski learning programs, adding a full summer park attraction, and recently introducing a lift -serviced downhill mountain bike park. For more information regarding the Fairbank Lodge or Cranmore Mountain Resort visit www.cranmore.com.

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About Cranmore Mountain Resort

Cranmore Mountain Resort, is located in the heart of one of America's best rated Ski Towns, North Conway, NH. Cranmore is a 4-season, family-friendly ski resort known for its ski school, sunny, south-facing slopes, and a festive atmosphere geared for skiers and non-skiers alike. Cranmore boasts 56 trails and glades with a variety of terrain for all ability levels from a beginner only ski area, to classic New England trails and steeps. In addition to some of New England's best skiing and snowboarding, Cranmore features activities such as New Hampshire's #1 Snow Tubing Park, a year-round Mountain Adventure Park, lift-serviced down-hill mountain bike park, and many seasonal events. 

Cranmore is currently engaged in a $60 million-dollar base area redevelopment plan that will morph the resort into a progressive four-season destination, while introducing a second home community.

Cranmore is located 2.5 hours from Boston, MA.

Cranmore Mountain Resort is part of the Fairbank Group portfolio.

For more information on Cranmore Mountain Resort and Real Estate opportunities, visit www.cranmore.com

June
18

It will be a graduation like no other when, on Saturday, June 13th, the Kennett High School Class of 2020 will take a chairlift ride to the summit of Cranmore to receive their diplomas. To commemorate the event, Badger Realty is sponsoring the creation of a video of the event which will be given to each of the 174 graduates.

In making the announcement, Badger Realty's General Manager, Brenda Leavitt, said, "These seniors had their lives and their final year at Kennett interrupted by the pandemic. They've missed so much that we felt it was important to reach out and see what we could do to make this important event memorable." In conferring with Cranmore's General Manager, Ben Wilcox, Leavitt learned that Kevin Carpenter, the school's principal, had suggested that a video be created.

"Our response was an immediate yes, we'd be happy to sponsor the creation of the video," continued Leavitt. "We've always felt that it's important to give back to the community–and education was a special passion for Dick Badger, our founder who died in July of last year. He and his wife, Mary, raised four wonderful sons, all of whom attended Kennett High School, as have five of their eight grandchildren including Helen Badger who is a member of the Class of 2020."

Dick Badger left behind in his writings some thoughts for the Kennett High School graduates. "YOU are our future leaders. As you walk out the doors of KHS, with your diploma in hand, you will be making the most important decisions of your life. Move forward with the thought of constantly learning. Take the time to meet new people, no matter their age. Older people would love to share their stories, their life experiences in order for you to better understand 'today' so you can plan for 'tomorrow'. Become community leaders, take part in a non-profit that interests you, join a local organization, participate in town government. Be the change you aspire to see. I salute our graduates—you are the new beginning."

These words, along with others written by Badger, will be part of the video that the graduates will receive. In addition, Badger Realty is donating KHS Class of 2020 sunglasses, which will be in each graduate's gift bag.

"This is such a proud moment for these graduates and their families," concluded Leavitt. "We're delighted to be able to help celebrate their accomplishments and their history-making graduation."

Badger Realty, which has offices in North Conway, Jackson and Berlin, New Hampshire, is the leader in real estate sales, rentals and leasing in the greater Mt. Washington Valley. For more information, contact Badger Realty at 603-356-5757 or visit www.badgerrealty.com.

Photo caption:
Dick Badger and his then much younger granddaughter, Helen Badger, one of the 2020 graduates of Kennett High School.

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