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GM Update 12.8.12

December 8, 2012 9:00am gm news home

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We are looking forward to a great weekend, coming off one the strongest opening weekends Burke has had.  For those of you not lucky enough to make it up last weekend the conditions were great.  In the month of November alone, we have pumped just under half the amount of water for snowmaking that we pump in a typical SEASON.  The amount of snow made with our new system is unprecedented and we have heard the approval from our customers.  In talking with our guest and season pass holders, I have been told that they feel this is by far the best early season conditions they have ever seen.  We need to thank our new ownership group and Burke Mountain Academy for the new snowmaking system along with our snowmaking crew who worked a week straight, 24 hours a day, the last week of November!  Great Job! 

This weekend marks the third annual East Coast SnoCross snowmobile racing event here at the Sherburne Base Lodge.  We often get questions from customers on why we hold this event and do not concentrate on skiing at this time of the year.  The reality is,  the SnoCross event brings snowmaking and grooming equipment to Burke early in the season that allows us to increase our snowmaking ability at this critical time.  So although we are making snow for a snowmobile event, after Sunday we use all of that snow in our base area for our guests.  It’s a win / win event and allows the snocross racers to get an early season event in, provides additional entertainment for our guests during the still quiet early days of December, and provides additional snowmaking during a most critical time of the season.  If you have not seen this event it is a lot of fun to watch, with the lower mountain now open for skiing and riding- you can ski, ride and enjoy the SnoCross event directly from the lower mountain trails. 

We will continue to add trails as the weather allows and look for us to start making snow on the Dippers next week with the goal to open that as soon as possible.  We hope to see you this weekend to experience these great early season conditions for yourself.

As always, THINK SNOW!  

Tim McGuire 
General Manager