Yeah, after a week of jelly beans and death-by-chocolate cake, I am going back to the yoga classes and saying NO to processed foods. But aside from my annual holiday food binge, I see 2013 as nothing but a fresh start filled with plenty of positive signs!
Over 3 feet of snow in 6 days is the most obvious change since last year. On December 26th we were skiing and riding on 31 trails or 38% of the mountain. Today we have 77 out of 80 trails open…that is 96% of our terrain OPEN! Folks are even having fun in the trees and our snowmakers promise to get us open 100% with a plan to hit Ripcord and Committed this week. And the halfpipe, over at Carinthia, is getting bigger and bigger with each day of super-productive snowmaking.
Another very positive sign is the weather forecast. Cold and dry – a snowmakers dream come true.
I think my favorite thing about skiing Mount Snow is when all the natural snow trails open. Yes, some have a few bare spots but I see that as part of the challenge. I love to pick my way down a gem like Hop – they have so much character. My favorite this week was Shootout. Even after thousands of people skied it I was able to find good snow, especially along the tree line.
And one more positive sign to add – only 40 days into the season and we are building, what I like to call, the “fun factor.” The fun factor provides variety to the many different types of skiers and riders that we attract to Mount Snow. Over on Beartrap we blew a bunch of snow so the mogul fields can take shape. The parks at Carinthia are well on their way and Day and his crew will build Prospector and Junkyard next. Also on their list is Inferno, the superpipe and the new park, The Farm. Thanks for the bag jump this week – it has been so much fun to watch. Charlie’s Chase hosted its first race yesterday and we made snow early on Ego Alley to provide our young ski racers a training venue. And Southbowl is almost complete so that we can host alpine races and our kids can compete on their home mountain. Our tubing park is in full operation and we are already planning to add a few more elements around the mountain to increase the fun factor – stay tuned!
Thanks to everyone for your snow dances! They worked and we received the snow that you deserve. Enjoy it, embrace it and have fun.
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