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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.

News from Mountain Ops Feb. 15, 2013

Steve Crowley - Friday, February 15, 2013

“ Now if I let you see this place, Where stories all ring true, Will you let me past your face, To see what’s really you, It’s not for me to ask this question, As though I were a king, For you have to love, believe, and feel, Before the burst of tambourines take you there…” (JB&O‘75)

Oh the place is in great shape! We’ve seen a little natural snow and have the upper cross country trails packed, and we'll be down at the lower cross country today to pack and try to set track there. More natural snow is in the forecast over the weekend. Snowmaking will run after operating hours going into the weekend to build up cover in selected areas.

There are moguls on the east side of Yodeler and Chute slopes and seeded bumps have been set on Morning Star south side (skiers right). Seeding a mogul field is accomplished with a grooming machine pushing up small piles of snow in a set pattern. The snow is allowed to set up then it is groomed over again with very light tiller down pressure. This establishes the pattern and provides some soft snow in the troughs for skiers to work it up onto a mogul field. Establishing a mogul field takes time, the right weather conditions, and a lot of skier participation to get a good result.

All lifts are open and the snow conditions are great on all trails. The glades will open just as soon as we get a few more inches of snow, which may be very soon! All the terrain parks are open and shaped up, the Boarding for Breast Cancer event is on the Rail Park at the base of Mardi Gras Saturday afternoon. NASTAR is operating on Cindy’s and is open to the public. To register just pull up to  the start shack at the bottom of the headwall. The Tubing Park is operating Noon to 9 Saturday, Sunday and Monday and will be open 4-9 pm every night next week. The Mountain coaster is operating this weekend from 1-8pm and all next week from 2-8pm. Get right up to Tannenbaum Lodge and take a ride in the woods! Mountain Coaster tickets are available upstairs in the Tannenbaum lodge.

As always we have complimentary shuttle and bus service around the resort servicing all parking areas, lodging guests, and lodges. Just ask a lot or lodge attendant for assistance in getting a ride. Saturday morning we will be operating Yodeler lift one hour early (7:30 am) for our season pass holders to get some first tracks, then all lifts will open at 8:30 am for day and multi day ticket holders. I’ll see you at Yodeler for first tracks, coffee, and Timbits Saturday morning. It’s high tide in the Skiing and Riding season so come on out and enjoy the winter sports !!