The Best Team In Snow Business!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

With all that’s been happening on and off the mountain, I had to take a moment and think back on everything we’ve accomplished over the past month.

Don’t worry, this won’t be another all-out love-fest for snowmaking, that was last week.

That being said, this week while I sat in our weekly snow plan meeting, it hit me, we’ve almost run out of snowmaking trails left to open. This is something that happens every year at some point, but I can’t think of a time when it’s happened this early. What I mean by this is that with the addition of Committed, Ripcord, Drop, Yardsale, and a few others opening on Sunday, we don’t really have that much more left to make snow on. While this doesn’t mean we’re done with snowmaking, or opening trails, it is a pretty impressive milestone to hit in mid-December.

While snowmaking is all well and good, an often-overlooked part of the equation is Alan and his grooming team. Not only are these guys out there each and every night getting the mountain ready to rip, but once lifts start spinning they trade their snowcats for skis and get out there to sample their work. While this might seem obvious, it’s this commitment to sampling their work and evaluating new trails that could be groomed the next night that really sets them apart from our competition. Too often in this industry, the ones responsible for the skiability of the mountain don’t actually venture out on skis, which I just don’t get. How can you appreciate a perfectly groomed run without arcing a few turns down it?

Speaking of grooming, Benny and the Carinthia Diggers have been working their tails off over in Carinthia to keep us on the cutting edge, and reminding everyone why we’re the number one rated park in the East by both Transworld Snowboarding and Newschoolers.com. Not only did we have multiple jumps and features open in November, but we’ve consistently offered our skiers and riders the most features in The East and plan on continuing this trend throughout the season. Don’t believe me that we’ve got the best team in the biz? I’d point to the four parks we’ve been able to open in the past three days; Prospector, The Farm, Junkyard, & Grommet, and ask you to show me another mountain that can do this. I’ll be waiting…

But, it’s not just the gang on-hill that makes this place so great. It’s everyone just continuing to operate on such a high level of customer service to deliver the guest experience you all expect from Mount Snow. From parking and roads, to building maintenance and lodging, to the folks over in food & beverage that keep us all so well fed, we really couldn’t do what we do day-in and day-out without each and every one of this wonderful team.

This is the time of year when we stop and count the things we’re thankful for, and this year I’m thankful for each and every one of our team members here at Mount Snow.

See you on the slopes!

 

-Erik Barnes 

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