Skiing is Skiing
Sunday, December 13, 2015
It has been an interesting two weeks. Most people don't believe that we are skiing and riding, given the spring-like temps. But we are open and hanging in there and plan to be open each and every day until the "real spring" is upon us. I was happy to be out this morning and was pleased to see that our groomers harvested snow (aka winch) to sure up the thin spots. Don't get me wrong, there are bare spots in a number of places. Ski with caution. But there is plenty of fun, soft-snow skiing out there. Growing up in the East this weather is not shocking…we’ve all seen better and worse. At the end of day, skiing is skiing and you can choose to get out there or wait. The problem with waiting is wondering about out all those fantastic moments you might miss.
This morning I was skiing with Dave, our director of mountain operations, and we stopped a lot to look at snow depths. On Canyon he explained to me that if we hadn’t completed all of the pipe upgrades over the summer, we wouldn't have the snow depths we are seeing today. The upgrades have improved pressure so much that the snowmakers are seeing a 30% production increase year over year. Just in the nick of time, I'd say.
Moving forward, we have our eye on the end of the week and plan to fire up our snowmaking as soon as the temps drop. Over the next few days there will be some nail biting and creative expletives but a few laps on Canyon helps. When we go back on line first we will hit all existing terrain and then expand to Ridge, River Run, Freefall, Lower Cooper's Junction and Nitro, over at Carinthia.