Double Feature Progression Park: CLOSED
Double Feature Skier/Boarder Cross: CLOSED
Director's Cut: CLOSED
The Reel: CLOSED
Hello skiers and riders! Exciting times here at Cranmore, we are opening this weekend! We took advantage of the cold weather and blew enough snow to open some trails for you. You can go to the top on the Skimobile Express to the summit and cruise down Easy Street to Gibson and Lower Beginners Luck, or take the South Quad, and ski Snow Train to the base. We hope that Mother Nature will bless us with some natural snow of her own, but for now we'll try to keep the guns running. This weekend the Rangers will be out on the hill shredding with all of you, but unfortunately we won't have any elements up quite yet. We have been busy putting a new look on our features. Grinding, welding, painting, and of course stenciling, you name it, we've been doing it to make our features look as "gnarly" as humanly possible. Hopefully you will like all of our changes, and we're excited to see you enjoying all of our hard work.
We will have some features out for all of you to enjoy during Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe a box here, a rail there, who knows?! It all depends on how much snow we have to make sure our set up. I will say this; there will be something there for everyone. Whether you're exploring the realm of Freestyle, getting your "park legs" back under you, or looking to session something a little more challenging, it will be there for you to play on.
That's it for this week's Park Update. I'm going to put my safety glasses and gloves back on and head to the shop to continue working on the features. I hope to see you out on the snow tomorrow and in the park the rest of the season. Remember, ride safely and know your surroundings. We all want to have a blast out there after a long summer of waiting.
See you soon!
Its been a busy couple of weeks for the Terrain Park Crew as we're counting down the days to snowmaking weather! Each element has to be looked over and inspected; looking for rotten wood, bent rails, broken feet, any burrs, or bad seems. Our welding bay has had to bounce between a carpentry shop and a paint studio since it is getting cold! Our new colors are official so before an element is ready for a season of hard jibbin' it gets a whole new fresh coat of paint and some lovely stencils.
Speaking of welding and stencils; our guest ranger has returned home to start the season at Squaw's Terrain Parks. April D has been a HUGE and truly amazing help to Brantly and I. She has been welding, rebuilding, drilling, painting, finding important Terrain Park things, and the list goes on and on! April D has worked at Cranmore for a number of years in all different departments. The Tubing Park, the Aerial Park, Tickets, but has a huge amount of knowledge about Cranmore's Terrain Parks and is also a professional park ranger out west. She has been doing a lot of welding and grinding to make our rails smooth and straight, and our boxes square and sturdy for the season. April also got to show off her artsy skills and developed some really sick stencils to tag the elements.
We are also starting to add some new rangers to the team. First to come in to help with element rebuilds and then we will hopefully all be out in the parks if we get a nice blanket of snow for Opening Weekend! We are still accepting applications, check out the Cranmore Website for more details about the job and then you can fill out an application online. Check in next week to hear about some exciting changes and additions to our terrain parks.
Ahhhh, preseason...... waiting for that drop in temperature or the first real frost, or maybe even a premature snowflake; winter is technically only six weeks away. Prepping and preparing..... snowmakers divvying up hoses, snowcats getting fresh tracks, and mechanics firing up the lifts. There are also rangers rummaging around out there, starting to pick through the pile of rails, jibs, and boxes...... What needs to be fixed? What needs to be painted? What needs to built?
The terrain park's first build mission was establishing a new team; bringing on myself, Caitlin, as the new manager along with Brantly my lovely assistant. We are both strong skiers with extensive knowledge of the mountain and it's parks and we can not wait for an exciting, and hopefully snowy, winter ahead! Brantly has been diving deep into his graph paper notebook, sketching out park plans for every imaginable amount of snow that we could receive for Thanksgiving Weekend. Hopefully with the amazing snowmaking team and some cold weather the plans labeled "A LOT of snow" will be used.
Like I said before, we've been going through all of our terrain park elements and doing some major overhauling: wire-brushing coping and rails, replacing sliding surface and plywood, while also giving everything a new crisp look. Goodbye sky blue and cherry red; hello festive green and summer citrus! Not only is everything getting refreshed, we also have a blast-from-the-past ranger working on all our welding and metal working needs. Check in next week to get a sneak peek of our rebuilt elements along with an exclusive interview with our fantastic fabricator.