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The inside scoop from Mountain Operations Director, Steve Crowley.

Stay tuned for a weekly message about the snow, the base, snowmaking and upcoming events, straight from the source, Holiday Valley Mountain Ops.

Mountain Updates January 25

Steve Crowley - Friday, January 25, 2013

  “ I said Juanita, my sweet Juanita, what are you up to?, My Juanita. I said Juanita, my sweet Chiquita, What are you up to?, My Juanita, Put my money in the meter so it won’t run down, But you caught me on the cheesy side of town, Throw me a dime, throw me a line, “cause there’s a fat man in the bathtub with the blues.. “  (LF ’73) 

What are we up to? Snow piles galore and grooming is working hard leveling them down and tilling them out. We had an incredibly cold week with single digit days and below zero nights. The snow base is in excellent condition and as of Friday afternoon snowmaking is shut down for the weekend. The Wall headwall is open and was groomed out Thursday evening. Jim built a great boarder cross course on Moonshadow. We have USASA competitions there both Saturday and Sunday then plan to open the slope after the events finish.

The Cross Country trails are packed and open but the natural snow depth is still low so no track is set. Miguel, head of our racing program just called and said “the conditions are awesome..awsome” Moguls are available on Yodeler East side and there will be some snowmaking mounds around the slopes this weekend for some technical skiing and riding, so get out there and enjoy! 

The Terrain parks are open and features are being added as time permits. All the lifts are spinning daily and the lift technicians are out there early each morning getting all that cold steel up and rolling. A highly skilled and dedicated crew they are. As always the shuttle service is available daily to get you around the resort. Our Tubing Park is open Friday 4-9pm Saturday and Sunday noon to 9pm with 12 lanes for sliding and the little tubers hill for the those too small to use the lift serviced lanes. The Mountain Coaster is operating for a brisk ride through the snow covered woods Friday thru Sunday 1 to 8 pm . It is great skiing and riding so come on out, I’ll see you on the slopes.

Mountain Updates, January 18, 2013

Steve Crowley - Friday, January 18, 2013

“There are winds of changes blowing, Gathering leaves up in it’s path, And the people who are the leaves, Will remain in our hearts, With love till eternity “ (EB ’67)

After a wild weather cycle last weekend our grooming crews have improved conditions daily. We will have all lifts operating this weekend. Snowmaking had limited operating conditions earlier this week but a full out run Thursday night into Friday. Snowmaking operations will stop Saturday morning as we have rising temperatures going into Sunday. The crew will be back in operation Sunday night, with a good run setting up into next week, and then We'll get more terrain parks open along with the Wall headwall.

Skiing and riding conditions are very good now and we will welcome our pass holders for an early opening Saturday morning on Yodeler lift. Racing events this weekend have the USSA snowboard SL on Cindy’s run Sunday and NFSC racing on Edelweiss Sunday as well. The moguls on Yodeler and Morning Star are improving with 4” of natural snow today and more in the forecast. Our Tubing Park has 12 lanes and the little tubers area open all weekend, noon to 9:00 Saturday through Monday. The Mountain coaster will be operating from 1PM to 8PM Saturday through Monday as well.

As always we offer complementary shuttle service around the resort, just ask a lodge or lot attendant for assistance. Shuttles run to the Tubing Park at the top of the hour on request during operating hours. I’ll see you at the Passholders early opening at Yodeler lift Saturday morning. First tracks plus coffee hot cocoa and Timbits, see all you Passholders there!

Pisten Bully Active Boom Winch

Steve Crowley - Wednesday, January 16, 2013

We've been testing a Pisten Bully 600 active boom winch groomer on site for the past week and it has performed very well. We currently have a PB 600 winch machine without the active boom feature. This new advance in winch technology supports steering of the tractor under the winch by applying hydraulic pressure to the turret of the winch thus applying down force proportionally to each drive track from the operator steering controls. This allows the machine to push and groom snow uphill effectively off the center line of the winch cable anchor point getting better cover in “hard to reach" spots. The Boom was put through its paces on Tuesday night, Jan 15th on Falcon and wow, what a job it did on the steep headwall pushing out the mounds and spreading nice, soft snow over the slope.

Mountain Updates January 11, 2013

Steve Crowley - Friday, January 11, 2013

“All lies and jest, still a man hears what he want to hear and disregards the rest…..and he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down, or cut him till he cried out in his anger and his shame; I am leaving, I am leaving,… but the fighter still remains” ( PS ’68) 

The current weather here is not what we want to hear but clearing is ahead. Some rain today has some of the secondary trails closed although most major trails have significant snow cover to weather the storm well. We have all lifts open today (Friday) and through the weekend along with the Mountain Coaster and our Tubing Park. The Chute headwall has thin cover but Shadows and Firecracker are skiing and riding great so it’s worth a visit to the Chute lift this weekend. Moguls on Yodeler and the mid section of Morning Star are well formed and will soften with some warm weekend temperatures. As of today the cross country trails have thin cover and may hold up through the weekend be sure to check the daily slope report for up to date information. 

The snow making team members are getting a few days of well deserved rest with the next available window of snow making temps beginning on Monday night. The grooming team will be busy each night moving stock piled snow and tilling out a fresh surface each morning. A Pisten Bully 600 active boom winch groomer is on site for the weekend and it performed very well last night in a demonstration run. We currently have a PB 600 winch machine without the active boom feature. This new advance in winch technology supports steering of the tractor under the winch by applying hydraulic pressure to the turret of the winch thus applying down force proportionally to each drive track from the operator steering controls. This allows the machine to push and groom snow uphill effectively off the center line of the winch cable anchor point getting better cover in “hard to reach" spots.

The OutpostDown to the east of Creekside lift is our newest and most imaginative terrain park training area called the Terrain Garden. The Mountain Crew installed the Outpost log structure with three off ramps for park beginners to gain skills in riding rails and features. The Outpost is a very impressive hand made structure built with the assistance of our area BOCES high school students under the direction of a very talented craftsman. The Terrain Garden is a great learning environment to visit before heading into our more advanced parks.

We welcome Cleveland Metro Ski club this weekend. They will be racing on Cindy’s on Saturday and Cindy’s and Edelweiss on Sunday, along with a U16 cup race on Edelweiss on Saturday. Our Safety patrol will host the mountain top cookout at the top of Mardi Gras both Saturday and Sunday. Stop and say hi and grab a bite to eat. It is good skiing and riding this weekend and snowmaking weather returns next week. Come on out and enjoy the area, I’ll see you on the slopes.

Mountain Update January 4, 2013

Steve Crowley - Friday, January 04, 2013

“Look out kid, don’t matter what you did, But walk on your tip toes don’t tie no bows, Better stay away from those that carry a fire hose, Keep a clean nose, watch the plain clothes, You don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows” (BD’65)

We have made huge progress in building our base depth. What a difference a year can make! The snowmaking crew has passed the half way mark in average snow production for a season, well ahead of the pace from last year. This week the sights were turned to the Terrain parks. The first round of snowmaking was completed on Foxfire. Jim and Pat worked the snow all day today setting rails and building tables with the opening of the 42/78 park at Foxfire set for Saturday morning. The Rail Park is open daily. In freestyle terrain we have a mogul training lane open on Yodeler this week, also some bumps building on the Chute. In grooming we are running 60+ cat hours each night working the snow and tilling up a fine corduroy surface each morning. The Morning Star area has had some of the best skiing/riding at the resort this year.  With slightly warmer temperatures for the weekend the snow surface will soften some and the conditions will keep improving each day.

The Tubing Park has twelve lanes set for sliding this weekend and our Mountain Coaster, located just off the Upper level of Tannenbaum Lodge will be open this weekend as well. Tubing operates from noon to nine and the Coaster operates 1 to 8 pm so fit in a couple of runs during your visit.  We have shuttle busses and a van in service daily to move you and your group around the resort, just ask a lot or Lodge attendant for assistance.

All lifts and slopes will be open this weekend and with the natural snow glade skiing is available. Cross country trails are packed. The lower course starts just behind the Inn at Holiday Valley and the ridge trail will be open during daylight hours. We will set a track on the lower course by midday Saturday so get some wax and head on out. See you on the slopes….soon.