We’ve had an epic five-day run of snowmaking that has skiers and riders proclaiming, “winter is here.” The conditions have been truly great thanks to our snowmakers, groomers and a couple inches of fresh snow to top it off. The weekend forecast looks moderate with sunny skies for Sunday, what a great way to welcome the new year.
We fired our snowmaking system back up Monday day morning, January 2, and haven’t stopped since. We pumped more than 36 million gallons of water with our focus first on resurfacing and adding depth to all open trails before adding five new trails to the mix today for a total of 280 acres – over 20 miles -- of open terrain. At the end of the holiday week, the snow conditions were certainly less than desired and we knew our priority had to be quality over quantity and made the decision to go back before moving on. Because of the extended snowmaking run (our longest uninterrupted snowmaking window of the season), we’ve also been able to expand into new terrain which allowed us to open even more trails this week, bringing our trail count up to 54 with awesome skiing and riding. The conditions right now are phenomenal.
Today will end our snowmaking efforts and provide a short break until Saturday night when it looks like we’ll be able to fire up the snowmaking system again. Our immediate focus will be on trails such as Solstice Way, 91, Churchill Downs, Lower Kidderbrook, Upper & Lower Downeaster, Home Run, White Birch, Cabot’s, Flukey’s, URSA Access, Upper and Lower Liftline, Upper Standard, plus terrain parks on Lower Middlebrook and Big Ben along with the Coca Cola Tube Park.
We expect to open additional terrain on a consistent basis as long as snowmaking temperatures hold. We’re currently targeting an opening day of 1/13 for the Coca Cola Tube Park and more terrain parks – in time for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend..
And if the cards are right, we may be seeing some natural snow in the middle of next week. So keep those snow dancing shoes polished.
It’s finally starting to look a lot like winter up here at Stratton Mountain. I can’t wait to see you on the slopes.