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The inside scoop from Mountain Operations Director, Steve Crowley.

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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.