November 23, 2012 2:24pm news home gm
We have a lot to be thankful for this year at Burke, but unfortunately a November 23rd opening was just not in the cards. As mentioned in the latest BurkeBlast, a few early snowmaking days were missed due to final finishing touches that were required on our new compressor. Combined with an unusually prolonged temperature inversion pattern this past week has prevented us from making enough snow to get open for this weekend. (For those of you that purchased the Judge Pass, you are in luck this weekend as Jay plans to open on Friday, November 23). While this is an unfortunate setback we should be thankful that the mid range weather forecast is now showing the coldest sustained temperatures of the season arriving by mid day Saturday. We will take advantage of this and run the system to its full extent so that we can open as many trails as possible by the first of December. We will continue making snow on the upper mountain and extend coverage throughout December. Our goal is to have the lower mountain open for the weekend of December 8th. (The inversions have been so difficult the last few days, we only made snow on the lower mountain as temps from Mid Burke to the summit were just not there.)
We are very excited about the upcoming season! We are fortunate to have a great returning staff. And with the improvements that we have made over the off season-we are looking at a promising winter. In the coming weeks and months the future plans for Burke will start to take shape and we are excited to share those with you as well. So even though we cannot be thankful for the earliest opening on record for Burke, the future still looks bright.
Hope everyone enjoys the Thanksgiving Holiday and we hope to see you on or before December 1st.