Sunday, March 21, 2010

Memories of a Great Winter - 2009-2010

It's been a long, fun winter of skiing and riding, but today we made the decision to close for the season. After a week of delightful, sunny and warm weather, and now with several days of rain in the forecast, the time has come to say goodbye to winter 2009-2010 here at Cranmore.

We've posted some photo highlights here for your viewing pleasure. We sure had a lot of fun and hope you did too. Enjoy!

Opening Day of the 2009-2010 season

Skiers and riders head up the lift during one of the first days of the season
Fireworks to ring in the New Year

Everyone loved live music from Dennis and Davey on New Years Eve

Loving the Fun Zone bouncy house
 A mid February snow storm left Cranmore with some fresh powder
Guest of Honor at the Annal Hannes Schneider Meister Cup, Herbert Schneider

A spectator takes photos during the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race
2010 Vintage ski wear contest

Meisters got festive for St. Patty's Day

Thanks Bill Lee for all of the great photos. See you next winter!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Still a Surprising Amount of Snow at Cranmore!

After this weekend's rain event, I returned to the mountain today with some trepidation. My walk in from the parking lot was not encouraging. The snow banks are shrinking, and mud and grass are showing. In fact, the grass outside my office is actually turning green. Yikes!

I decided I needed to get up on the mountain personally to confirm what other staff members were telling me - that conditions are still remarkably good!

I went up the lift with sales manager Krissy Fraser for some "product testing." It is unreal how much snow is still up there, especially on the summit and those trails facing north, like Skimeister and Arlberg. We started out on these trails and were astounded at the snow. Even snow in the woods, and on natural skiing trails like Jughandle which have no snowmaking on them.  The top photo here shows some of our visiting ESSC students on Jughandle. Shot below is me on Skimeister. Dig those crazy blue skies and views to Mount Washington!

Next up, we hit the Pipeline Glade. The glades, again, all natural skiing with no snowmaking, are holding a surprising amount of snow. Being protected by the trees from the sun makes glades a great choice especially late in the day.  By 2:30pm, they were nicely softened up and made for a great tree run! Below is Krissy coming through Pipeline. Weee!

Our final run was down the legendary Ledges trail. They say when the snow gets soft to head for the steep stuff. I would say they are right - the steep incline made my skis cut right through the mounds of soft snow. Sweet!

We did pass by Koessler on the way to Ledges. I wanted to do it but Krissy wimped out when she saw the bumps. Kidding. Unfortunately we ran out of time and didn't have time to make it down our signature bump run. As you can see here, there is a ton of snow on the trail in the form of nice large moguls. Cranmore hosts an employee mogul competition on our closing weekend and it should be in great shape for our finest skiers and riders to rip it up!

So if you were thinking of putting away your skis and take out your bikes or golf clubs this weekend, I urge you to reconsider. Conditions remain awesome. And if you buy your season pass for 2010-2011, we'll throw in free skiing for the rest of THIS winter, too! Stop by the Ticket Haus for details. See you this weekend!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hannes Schneider Meister Cup

We couldn't have asked for better weather for the annual Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race on March 6th!  Bluebird skies and warm temps left us with beautiful spring conditions.  We had a great turnout, and a fabulous day that included ski racing, ice carving, a vintage skiwear contest and live music from Dennis and Davey and fireworks to finish off the evening.  It really was the perfect weekend.  Thanks to Bill Lee for these great photos!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Incredible Spring Conditions Continue at Cranmore

I just went out for a few runs this morning and wanted to share with you how sweet the snow is right now. I know, it looks ugly around the parking lot with mud and receding snow banks. But trust me, once you get up on the hill, you are in for a treat.

I started out on a run down the East Slope right at 9am (first chair!). Groomed courdoroy greeted me and my friends as we zoomed down the trail to the little red chair at the bottom of the East. A quick ride back up to the summit and we tested out the fabled north side and the Skimeister trail. It did not disappoint, with more edge-to-edge coverage and nice soft turning corn snow.

Cut across on Bandit and down to the Quad and back up to a run down Ledges. Ledges is a steep beauty with views to the Moats and Cathedral Ledge. And with a nice deep base of snow, the conditions were soft and edgeable all the way down (soft, but not too soft!).

Final run down Kandahar showed similar surfaces with nary a brown spot to be found. Don't let rain to the south or no snow in your backyard fool you. Conditions are holding up nicely. We received over two feet of snow at the summit just a few weeks ago. That and our 80 new snow guns have ensured a strong finish to the season, currently slated for March 28th.