GM Blog: First Flight

Monday, November 7, 2011

It is hard to believe that the launch of our new chairlift, the Bluebird Express, is only weeks away. The Bluebird Express is a Leitner/Poma high-speed 6-pack that has a blue bubble that you can pull down to protect yourself from the cold and wind. It is the first of its kind in the US - can you hear the pride?

It is a little difficult to plan a grand opening celebration when you don’t even know that exact date. But that’s not keeping us making a big deal of the Bluebird’s first flight.

The first day that we open the Bluebird Express to the public could be as early as November 19. The current weather forecast is mild right through Nov 10th. As soon as we get a decent stretch of snowmaking weather we will fire up the guns and start the perennial assault to turn everything in their path snow white.

As part of the celebration we are going to create ten “Golden Tickets” which will be randomly inserted into lift ticket stock and also randomly tucked into t-shirts for season pass holders (more info below). If you are lucky enough to find a Golden Ticket you get to pick up to five of your friends to take the ride on one of the first ten chairs when we open the Bluebird Express.

Although opening day is a bit of a question mark, the events of the day are more defined.

Bluebird Express Opening Day Celebration

Could be as early as Nov 19, 2011

7:00 am Season Pass Holders are invited to register in the Main Base Lodge. The first (200) passholders to register will receive a commemorative Bluebird Express t-shirt and six (6) shirts will have a golden ticket tucked inside. If you receive a golden ticket you will be able to ride in one of the first 10 chairs on the Bluebird Express and bring up to 5 of your friends along.

7:30 am Lift ticket windows open. If you get a Golden Ticket, you and up to five friends will be on one of the first ten chairs once the Bluebird Express opens.

7:30 am Blueberry Pancake Breakfast - Marketplace Cafeteria

8:00 am Grand Summit Express and other lifts opens (midweek they open at 9 am)

8:45 am Opening Ceremony at the Bluebird Express. Golden Ticket holders please use the service entrance and proceed to the front of the line.

9:00 am Bluebird Express opens to the public!

9 – 11 am Party in the lift line with music, blue trivia and give-a-ways.

2 pm Après Ski Party in Cuzzin’s begins.

4 pm Winner of the Golden Chair Raffle will be announced

If you can’t make it up for the grand opening of the Bluebird Express, no worries, we’ve planned a month of events and deals. We’ve gone a bit overboard with the blue theme (I even bought a blue jacket!) but this is about as exciting as it gets at a ski area.

The link to complete calendar is posted below but keep checking back as we are adding new things daily. Here are a few highlights. There is a very affordable $89 Bluebird Express Ski and Stay lodging package (even available on weekends.) Blue Tuesday’s will be offer $39 tickets for anyone that wears blue and we will have another grand opening on Dec 10 – the 1900’ Burger!

We have a lot of fun surprises in store for you so I really hope that you will do some early season skiing and riding this year. Come on up and take a ride on the Bluebird Express with me – I’ll be the one with the blue jacket!
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