Thursday, November 6, 2008

Welcome to Winter!

Welcome to this, the first blog entry for Cranmore Mountain! This has been an exciting week at Cranmore, as we launched our new winter website. That and we had snow flurries last week, snow is on the top of Mount Washington and snow flakes are showing up in the weather report for next week!

I wanted to share with you everything new you can expect at Cranmore this winter.

First off, we have added new trails and glades for this winter. Be sure to check out Gibson Chutes a "natural skiing area" off of the Gibson Trial. With all the snowfall last winter, our guests spent some time in the woods here, so we went in this summer and did some clearing and grading of this area.

We also are opening Tommy's Trail, which is a portion of the access road to the summit but now is a real ski trail, accessed from the bottom of the East and running to Beginner's Luck.

Finally, Roundabout is a killer little intermediate trail added off Snow Train. I took a group fitness class out of our CFFC for a run down it the other afternoon. It is windy, narrow and steep. Can't wait to see what it looks like with snow on it!

We anticipate opening for tubing for Thanksgiving Weekend, Fri. & Sat. 11/28 - 11/29 and might even set up a little rail park on Beginner's Luck as we have done in year's past. Skiing and riding and full mountain operations are slated to open Dec. 6.

Of course, we need ol' Mother Nature to cooperate. It's been chilly, the squirrel's tails are bushy, the woolly caterpillars are woolly-er than ever and the Old Farmer's Almanac is promising a cold and snowy winter in these parts. I still have photos of the 4 foot snow banks by my house last April. Let's hope this year is as spectacular as last.

In other news, we are opening a new Fun Zone indoors at Cranmore. It will operate Saturday and vacation period evenings out of the Cranmore Fitness Center. It features a giant obstacle course, bouncy house, dodge ball, tennis, floor hockey and other fun and games. Tickets are $10 or buy them online in advance for $8.

That's about it for now. We'll all busy putting the finishing touches around the resort, getting ready for what promises to be another great season of skiing and riding at Cranmore Mountain.

I will be updating this blog frequently throughout the season so check back often! It will be your best source for the inside scoop on what's up at Cranmore.


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