Saturday, November 22
Today we opened for skiing and riding which marked the start of our 77th season of operation. November 22 is one of the earliest dates we have opened in our history thanks to aggressive snowmaking this last week. We opened 6 trails and 20 acres of skiing after approximately 4 to 5 productive days of snowmaking. In addition to the trails we have open this weekend, we have stockpiled snow on the South Slope, Schneider Pitch, Beginner Basin and Artist Falls and we hope to add these trails on Friday, November 28. This will give us about 42 acres of skiing with two top to bottom runs. Two top to bottom runs for Thanksgiving Weekend is truly a first for us.
As I write this at 1pm on Saturday, the sun is popping out of the clouds and temps have warmed. We have shut down snowmaking for now and plan to restart in the middle of this coming week.
If you plan to visit over the Thanksgiving Weekend you will see snowmaking in progress on Upper Hurricane, Middle, the North Slope, the Alley and Upper Beginner’s Luck.
I look forward to seeing everyone soon!
President & GM
Wednesday, November 19
Favorable cold temperatures arrived yesterday (Tuesday, Nov. 18) around 1pm so our Snowmageddon Team went into action by starting up 110 guns on the mountain. Later today we will start up again, running snow guns on Easy Street, Gibson, Lower Gibson, Beginner’s Luck, the South Slope, Snow Train, the base area, Beginner’s Basin and the Tubing Park.
Water flow from the river improved after the last rain storm so we were able to get our uphill water capacity to approximately 3,000 gallons a minute.
These cold temperatures have moved up our opening date to Saturday, November 22. This will be one of the earliest openings in our history and it’s all made possible thanks to all the snowmaking upgrades we have had over the last few years and the hard work of our snowmaking team.
Look for Easy Street, Gibson, Lower Gibson, Beginner’s Luck and Snow Train for this weekend. We will open Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23 and then close midweek to maximize snowmaking. After this coming weekend we will reopen for Thanksgiving Weekend on November 28, 29 and 30 for skiing and tubing.
I will continue to update you on our progress. So far we are off to a great start!
President & GM
Saturday, November 15
On Friday night we successfully fired up approximately 100 snow guns, capitalizing on the cold temperatures. Temperatures remain below freezing so we have been able to run through the day on Saturday. Tonight’s temperatures look really good so we will continue to make snow on Phase One which includes Easy Street, Gibson, Lower Gibson, Beginner’s Luck, Snow Train and the base area. The next six days offer some very favorable below freezing temperatures so we hope to make some good progress this week. Check back for updated photos and the mountain’s projected opening day. Right now we are slated for November 28, but we will see if it is possible to open earlier!!! Stay tuned.
President and GM
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