Tuesday, November 22, 2011
We are hoping to open Thanksgiving Day but we will make the call Wednesday morning. Cold temperatures Monday night and early Tuesday morning were perfect for snowmaking. And with the addition of our new Snow Logic super-efficient towers this year, we were able to pump more water through the system and whiten more of our trails than we have ever been able to do in the past. However, conditions are still too thin on Downspout to get safely to Heaven's Gate and temperatures are warming up again.
If we get the forecasted 6-8" of wet snow tonight and tomorrow, we MAY be able to open Thanksgiving Day. If we do, skiing will be for experts only and Downspout will not be groomed. With the warming trend it is unlikely that we will be able to make snow again until after the weekend, so conditions on Downspout could deteriorate quickly and we might have to close until we can make more snow after the trail gets skied in.
Even if we get only one day of skiing, I would still like to open so that we can have some turns on Thanksgiving -- starting at 10:00 AM -- and get the 2011/12 season started. So tune-in tomorrow morning.
By the way, snowmaking began last night at ME on Upper Rim Run as well as on Inverness where twenty of our new guns pumped out some great snow for GMVS. We will continue making snow now at both mountains whenever we can.
The Boston Globe poll for "Your Favorite New England Ski Areas" is still open for votes and we are hoping to extend our lead over all the other Vermont ski areas and even catch-up to those in Maine who currently top the list. Click here to cast your vote.
I hope that we can get in a few runs on Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving!