The Migration Has Begun
Posted November 19, 2012
Jeff Temple, Director of Mountain Operations
The mountain was really humming this weekend with homeowner meetings going on, spectacular snow surfaces to ski and ride on, the Loaded Turkey rail jam and the extensive snowmaking expansion underway. It was great to see all our friends in town - yes, the “migration” has begun.
Trail and Snowmaking Strategy
I am always impressed when we have our snowmaking system at full capacity and the train, as I call it with my crews, has left the station. With many hours spent in the snow plan room and great focus by our snowmakers, our upper mountain strategy has worked well with plenty of depth, quality and terrain. Top to bottom with wall to wall coverage on all open areas, and exceeding all expectations according to my email devotees! Thank you for letting us know how we’re doing!
Snowdon Mountain opened this weekend along with the much anticipated Skyelark and Bittersweet trails off our high speed Superstar Express Quad. In addition, we have the crews working diligently on the Ramshead and Snowshed areas, which will cater to less advanced ability levels and kids' programs. This includes learn to ski and ride terrain on Caper, Vale, Snowplay and Snowshed base area for the Thanksgiving weekend! Come one, come all; we’ll be ready!
Zero to Sixty
I often get asked about what it takes to get the mountain up and running at this time of year. Well, similar to a checklist to get a plane in flight, our mountain crews have long, detailed checklists to get our operations up and moving.
The lift operations group is in training mode with their classroom and hands-on program; they are the small flocks of staff with bright orange coats around the resort. The lift mechanics are finishing up a long maintenance and inspection season that began the day the lifts shut down last spring. Mountain Patrol, besides extensive training, is readying trails with signage and ropes, pine boughs in water bars and cleaning up blow downs from Sandy. The core expert groomers are working with snowmaking to track in snow and get trails open on ground that is still beginning to freeze up. And yes, snowmaking is making lots of snow.
We are working hard on a diverse product and great service; let me know how we are doing through info services or direct emails. You can also follow me on twitter @Kmtnman