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The inside scoop from Mountain Operations Director, Steve Crowley.

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The Inside Scoop from Mountain Ops, March 1, 2013

Steve Crowley - Friday, March 01, 2013

“And you can sing in the sunshine, You’ll laugh every day, You’ll sing in the sunshine, Then be on your way, And when the year  has ended, And we’ve gone away, You’ll often speak about, And this is what you’ll say: We sang in the sunshine you know we laughed everyday, we sang in the sunshine, And then went on the way” (GG’64) 

Sunshine has been in short supply this week with a low pressure cell to our east and circulating north east winds and clouds over us. This causes flat light on the slopes and makes it tricky to see undulations on the snow surface and can even cause vertigo in certain people. A good pair of goggles will help but for me, it’s best to slow down some especially on the first run of any given trail.

Speaking of first runs I just got back on my skis today after a knee injury on December 26th. I’ve been out on foot but the perspective of being on skis is completely different, and WOW what a difference in slope conditions! Snowmakers have done their work and groomers have the snow pushed out and tilled “wall to wall” on every trail today.

We are experiencing difficulties in getting repair parts here for the SnowPine chair lift. Today the Wall headwall and Bear Cub are closed as the lift is not operational. The parts are in route and the lift technicians will get the lift up and running some time on Saturday. We have a very talented and dedicated group in Lift Maintenance and they will work hard and whatever hours it takes to get the lift running for Saturday. Be sure to check the morning slope report for up to date information.

This weekend we welcome the Kandahar Festival to Holiday Valley and the young racers will be competing on Edelweiss slope both Saturday and Sunday. Yodeler is flat “wall to wall” this week as the moguls on the east side have been cut and tilled. We have moguls on Chute, Morning Star, and Falcon for those lookin' to bump. Donna in Customer Service will put on the Passholders' cookout on Sunday. The lunch has been moved from the Edelweiss lean-to  to the Champagne Sun Deck adjacent to the Yodeler Lodge.

The Tubing Park is still going strong with 12 lanes open and the Mountain Coaster at Tannenbaum is open through the weekend for a ride through the snow covered trees. As always shuttles and busses are here to get you there just ask a lot or lodge attendant for assistance. I’m going skiing, see you on the slopes!!