Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ready to Roll on Ticket Roll Back Day

Friday, December 18 marks the start of Cranmore’s daily operations for the season. We had a great opening weekend and have been closed midweek with the snow guns roaring 'round the clock.

For Friday, thanks to the hard work of our snowmaking team, we are forecasting 22 trails open, 87 acres open, 7.3 miles of skiing and riding.

That's 46% of our terrain ... and it's only mid-December! Hard to believe two weeks ago we were looking out at brown slopes with rain coming down. That's New England weather for you. If you don't like it - wait a minute.

Here are the trails we plan to have open for this weekend: Easy St. East Slope, Schneider, Gibson Pitch, Lower East Slope, Lower Schneider, Artist Falls, Gibson, Oompah, Lower Gibson, Beginner’s Luck, Snow Train, Lucky Pitch, Outta Luck, South Slope, Upper Hurricane, Middle, Comp Slope, Lower North Slope, Skimeister, Lower Skimeister, and Beginner Basin.

This means that off the summit, you can ski on terrain for all abilities, in all 4 directions! Thanks to our 80 new tower guns, we've been able to make more snow faster and open more terrain earlier in the season.

Speaking of terrain, we'll have several elements set up by the Lucky Loop lift on lower Beginners Luck.

And to get you to all that lovely terrain, we'll be running 5 lifts.

The Tubing Park will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm then opening daily starting Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

We received a surprise snowfall last Sunday of 4-5" and another inch or two the other night. It's not a blizzard, but this on top of the 8 inches from last Wednesday and it's looking mighty white out there at Cranmore today! Weather forecast calls for ideal snowmaking temps continuing right through the week. Those warmer temps around Thanksgiving are just a memory now!

Snowmaking will continue on Friday. We will be moving to Hurricane, Rattlesnake, Ledges, North Slope, Zip (Darkside Terrain Park) and the Upper Tubing Park. For Christmas we hope to have almost 70% of the mountain open which means we will be in great shape for the holiday week.

So hurry up finish up your shopping so you can come skiing this weekend! Hit the outlets after a day on the slopes!

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