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The inside scoop from Mountain Operations Director, Steve Crowley.

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Season Opening from Mt. Ops Director Steve Crowley

Jane Eshbaugh - Thursday, December 13, 2012

  “Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, Were so glad you could attend, Come inside! Come inside! There behind the glass is a real blade of grass, Be careful as you pass. Move along Move Along!” EL&P ’73. The temperature gods have finally come through for the Snowmaking crews. They made great gains this week in getting us ready to open this Saturday, December 15. Our snowmaking automation of 116 guns has operated very well getting a good base down on Mardi Gras,Yodeler, School House East and Punch Bowl. There is a good start on Morning Star, Cindy’s and Snowledge however they are not quite ready to open yet.

   Our grooming manager made the comment today that a feeling of a caged animal has come over the grooming crew and they are more than ready to spring into action! With 60+ hours of “cat time” scheduled over the next two nights with plenty of pushing to be done the slopes, we'll be open Saturday morning. As the weather begins to turn more winter like Snowmakers and Groomers will be hard at work getting more and more of the resort open in a short period of time.

  The Mountain crew has finished the summer long maintenance program on all the lifts they are ready to turn as soon as the slopes are covered and groomed. The new grading and widening of Moon shadow will be a great improvement to the terrain park system this year. The ongoing preparation of all the infrastructure of the resort is truly a show that never ends.

  Snow guns have started making snow at the Tubing Park and there's much more to be made there before opening later this month. Our mountain coaster will be opening soon as well. It’s located just above the Tannenbaum lodge and new access has been installed to make it easier to get to. Just go to the upper level of Tannenbaum lodge and off the west deck, where a new stairway has been added.

  Come inside! Come inside! Our new Holiday Valley Lodge will see its grand opening Saturday as well. The building is spectacular and you’ll want to be sure and check it out. With the lift system we have open it will be easy to get to all the lodges and shuttle service will be available as well. Just ask a lot or lodge attendant for assistance in getting a free shuttle ride if needed. So welcome back my friends and I’ll see you on the slopes!!