Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Winter is Upon Us!

Our second weekend open was even better than the first!  We were once again able to open top to bottom skiing with five trails and two lifts.  The conditions were great thanks to our hardworking grooming and snowmaking staffs who didn't even flinch when rain decided to pay us a visit last week.  They went into overdrive preparing the mountain for the weekend.  Natural snow decided to fall from the skies for a bit Friday night into Saturday morning where we saw a nice coating of snow on top of the freshly groomed corduroy.  This allowed us to ski on packed powder and machine groomed surfaces that stayed in great shape throughout the weekend.  The Lucky Loop Park was also open for the first time with a couple jibs set up for early season shredding.  Be sure to check out our video snow report from December 5th at the Cranmore Multimedia Page that covers everything that went on here at the mountain.  To keep an eye on the latest conditions at Cranmore take a look at our Snow and Grooming Report.

Cranmore had more than just skiing and riding this weekend at the mountain.  Our tubing park had its grand opening and saw its first action of the season with the new carpet lift in operation and three lanes of tubing fun.  People were having such a good time they were hustling back up the carpet lift to get in as many runs as they could.  We also had the Settler's Green tubing event in town on Saturday which turned out to be a great time for the children.  You can find a video of the fun at the Cranmore Multimedia Page that took place at Settler's Green.  The Mountain Coaster was in action again this weekend and our guests seemed to be greatly enjoying the ride.  We appreciate the feedback we hear through the trees of all the yelling and screaming that most likely signifies a good time.  It was quite a sight looking from the base lodge at the New South Quad bringing skiers and riders up the mountain in the foreground, people blasting down the coaster track, and clusters of tubers bombing down the park in the background.  Servicing those guests was the Artist Fall's Lodge where you can purchase your tubing and coaster tickets, get in the gym, or take part in one of our many fitness programs.  Inside the lodge is the New Artist Fall's Deli that provided sandwiches, pizzas, beer, and other refreshments to those looking for some food or those fatigued by on-mountain activities.  Everyone was surely taken care of!

With another great weekend in the books the only thing we can do now is look ahead to the next. The forecast looks excellent for snowmaking with temperatures staying below freezing for the remainder of the week and chances of snow for the weekend. We'll be blowing snow at every oppurtunity we have as we're looking to open new terrain for the coming weekend.  Our projections are to have two runs from the summit, and two to three runs from the South Quad with that being weather dependent.  Stay tuned for more details later in the week at Cranmore.  We will still have early season pricing with ticket rates of $45 for adults ages 19 and up, $35 for teens, and $19 for youths and seniors.  Come join us when we reopen mountain operations, which includes top to bottom skiing, mountain coaster, and tubing, on Saturday, December 11th and Sunday, December 12th from 9am to 4pm.  We'll see you out there!

The groomers are taking a break while we let the snow pile up!

Thanks to the park staff for opening up Lucky Loop Park for this past weekend's jibbing!

Settler's Green Tubing - The children were loving it!

Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed the mountain!
We look forward to seeing you when we reopen on Saturday, December 11th!

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