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Inside Scoop from Mountain Ops 1-2-14

Steve Crowley - Thursday, January 02, 2014

January 2 2014
 “When you wake up in the morning and the light is hurt your head, The first thing you do when you get up out of bed, Is hit the street a-runnin’ and try to beat the masses, And go get yourself some cheap sunglasses….Now go out and get yourself some big black frames, With the glass so dark they won’t even know your name…” (ZZT ’79) 

The weatherman says we may need some shades on Saturday but time will tell.  It’s snowing hard tonight at the Valley and the temp is just around 10 degrees f. We are experiencing a good general snowfall and the cold temperatures are providing a great opportunity for snowmaking all around the resort. The prevailing winds are West/Northwest but they have been out of the East/Northeast the past 24 hours, which lets us make snow on the opposite side of the north facing trails (skiers/riders right). Snow guns and hydrants are generally placed on the western edge of these slopes, however over time we have added a lighter bank of guns on the eastern edges and the results are spectacular when the winds go east, achieving a uniform base depth all across the slope. Groomers have been busy this week leveling out trails and packing some yet to open terrain as we aim to have all our trails open by Saturday. The Wall has seen snowmaking and was groomed with the winch cat Tuesday night. Crews will make more snow there tonight and we’ll groom it out one more time Friday night. Depending on the result, The Wall may open Saturday for the first time this season. Moguls are on Shadows now and we'll start developing a field on Chute this weekend. Machine made bumps will get set on Morning Star, lower south side ( skier/rider right side) with the warmer weather coming this weekend this should start to ski in.
    Hey, the Tubing park will be sliding on 20+ lanes this weekend, a first for Holiday Valley. We now have the snow depth there to set lanes all the way across hill with our new lane setting implement. The park is open Thursdays and Fridays 4-9 PM and Noon to 9 PM on Saturday and Sunday. The Mountain Coaster is open Thursday through Sunday as well and is located just off the Tannenbaum lodge. Shuttle Busses and Vans are operating and you can get around the resort by requesting a ride from a Parking attendant or host at any lodge. There's a designated shuttle stop at the top of the stairs just west of the Resort Service Center.
      Now if you are confused on the east-west references and need help in following me here just go to the “plan a visit” tab on the Holiday Valley web page and open the trail map. This map is an artist’s rendering, actually quite a famous artist, James Niehues, as he has done over 75% of the ski resorts in North America.  The map is not to scale but looking at the map, West is to the right as the view is looking south because the majority of the trails face North. And when you ski or ride down a north face in January there is very little need for sunglasses because the sun angle is very low and it’s behind you. Look for it in the morning, though, on Morning Star slope as that slope faces east and the snow will soften quickly there on a sunny day, see you on the slopes!