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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.