November 11, 2017

  • 9:43am

    After the lifts close today, uphill access will be open. For now, it will be open during non-operating hours. Said another way, uphill access will be closed when the lifts are open to the public. As always, I encourage uphill users to use extra caution keeping an eye out for snowmaking equipment, snowmobiles and snowcats. Stay far away from any equipment. Also, for now, stay out of terrain that is closed for the day. Stick to the groomers.

    Uphill access is a great and fun activity, but it only works if users ski, ride, skin, snowshoe and hike in a responsible manner.

    This is a great time to remind people that all uphill users need a FREE Uphill Access Pass. That pass is available in the Guest Services building. When you pick up your pass, you will be given a list of the Uphill Rules. Thanks so much for cooperating with this program. 

    There are times that uphill access is closed due to avalanche work or other special ski area operations. Check the Terrain Status page on our website to see if uphill access is open or closed.  As a tip, you can expect uphill access to be closed mornings with reasonable snowfall that require avalanche work.

    Can't wait to see Kent and Doris and the rest of you. ENJOY.

November 10, 2017

  • 10:36am

    We just opened our newly re-organized Winter Sports Center. The project had a lot of objectives, but the biggest one was to make it easier for first time (or near first time) skiers and riders to get into the sport, have a good day and come back for more good days. Some of the new features are:

    -Greeting desk at the front to help guests with questions, especially on Snowsports School.
    -Boot Bridge to better help our employees help our guests to get a good boot fit.
    -Additional DIN station to set boots, skis and bindings.
    -Better flow path to accommodate more people in a faster and friendlier manner.
    -More staff for more and better contact with guests.

    So, if you are reading this, I doubt you are a first time skier. That said, keep us in mind when you are introducing that friend or family member to skiing or riding. Get 'em through a good rental process and into a good lesson. Remember, "Friends don't teach friends skiing (and especially, spouses don't teach spouses). Take a lesson."

November 9, 2017

  • 8:47pm

    Molly Hogan opened today giving us three chairlifts and kicking the Snowsports School into a higher gear. Sundance will open Friday morning. We will keep making snow on Molly and Sundance for a while to buff those trails out before heading over to Lower Wrangler.

November 8, 2017

  • 7:06am

    We are calling the rope tow from the top of Lenawee Mountain Lift to Montezuma Bowl the "Lazy J." The brand of the lift is a "Telecorde." It functions a little bit differently than a standard rope tow. Your typical lift would have a bullwheel on each end. This lift has no bullwheels. It does have a series of pulleys on each end and, instead of the light side and heavy side being side by side, the light side runs several feet directly above the heavy side.  The heavy side hauls the people. The light side has no load.

    We are excited to show off the rope tow. Unfortunately, we have had a delay. The container with the lift did not get loaded on its ship in its French  port on time. It is still coming, but delayed. We have built its lift operator house, installed power to the drive terminal and excavated the holes for the towers. Just waiting on the lift to arrive.

November 7, 2017

  • 6:34am

    If you have spent any time in Black Mountain Lodge this season, you have noticed the Ski Patrollers hanging out in the Southwest corner of the building. Since they didn't have access to their space at Patrol Headquarters (PHQ) on the Summit, they have found a temporary home at mid mountain. 

    This year we remodeled and expanded PHQ. That project is done. While the gang has enjoyed visiting with our guests in BML, I know they are anxious to get into their new digs. This week they move into their new home. I think they will miss the BBQ.

November 6, 2017

November 5, 2017

  • 5:10pm

    We have been burning a lot of slash piles the last few weeks. For this season we are mostly done with burning. We did this treatment on Loafer, Davis, the lift line, Steep Gullies Hike Back and the Emergency Egress Route. The stumps were flush cut and the slash was piled prior to burning. Our crews will remain out there for another couple of weeks doing the final Fall tidy up. There may be a few more piles to be burned, but for the most part, the burning is done for this season.

November 4, 2017

  • 3:36pm

    It was nice to see the good snowfall this morning. And we should see more through Tuesday.

    Snow Safety Team members spent some time on Pali this week. Explosives work led to substantial settling and cracking and a few very small slides. Travel in these areas is still very slow, but with each snow storm and wind event they will get out more and more and travel farther and farther. Getting out of Pali this time is a rough and tedious process.

November 3, 2017

  • 8:00pm

    What is next for snowmaking? Right now we are really focusing on two areas. The first is to buff out Lenawee Face and Dercum's Gulch, especially the very top. While this has been a good Upper Mountain opening, getting the snow a little wider and little deeper is always helpful. The second focus area is Molly Hogan. We are anxious to get a beginner lift and trail open giving our Snowsports School a chance to create new skiers and riders. Once those two areas are done, I suspect in a few days, the snowmaking crew will move on to Sundance and Wrangler. We like to have those two green trails open by Thanksgiving. After that, probably after Thanksgiving, they will head back to the Upper Mountain and put a bit of snow down on Powerline, Norway, Lenawee Parks, Tower 3 Pitch and The High Divide Terrain Park.

    .......And today was another stellar Colorado bluebird day. I love those.

November 2, 2017

  • 4:19pm

    Yesterday we opened Lenawee Mountain Chairlift with some fine skiing on Lenawee Face and Dercum's Gulch. The snowmakers and cat drivers pulled another beautiful rabbit out of their hat. For me, there are several key bench marks to the ski season. Being open off the top is one of them. There is some snow in the forecast this weekend. Our patrollers are starting to wander around in areas without snowmaking. With each snowfall event, they will cover more and more ground.

    I have to admit this is a photo from last November.
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