October 30, 2012 12:41pm home news gm opening future
Hurricane Sandy has come and gone and we were fortunate to get thru this weather event with no significant damages. We hope all of our customers to the south were equally as lucky. It’s been a very busy October and we are looking forward to the start of ski season- but before we talk about the winter plans ahead- I want to take a quick look back on a great month of October.
We had a very strong end to the mountain biking season. For the second year in a row, Burke Mountain and the Kingdom Trails Assoc. (KTA), hosted an Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference with over 150 athletes from eighteen colleges participating in a mountain bike race at the Burke Bike Park. The very next weekend, along side Kingdom Trails and numerous other sponsors, we hosted our first Enduro bike race in which nearly 100 athletes from as far away as Colorado came to test their skills on the lower Burke Mountain slopes. Finally, the mountain bike season officially ended this past weekend, with the 3rd Annual CircumBurke event. In a collaboaration with the Conservation Collaborative and KTA, this event saw over 225 athletes ride (or run) a 25 mile course up and around Burke Mountain. It was a great summer and fall for Burke! As mountain biking continues to grow and become more popular, we will continue to host more exciting events through our off season.
Over the past several years the Circumburke event has signaled, to me, the start of the ski season and this year is as exciting as ever with our new expanded snowmaking system and the commitment of our new owners to open earlier than we ever have in the past. Our goal is to open the day after Thanksgiving and continue to add trails and build snow base so that by the first of December we have a significant percentage of our trails open. Our mountain manager Dick Andross and snowmaking manager Al Folsom have a solid plan to utilize this new equipment to open trails as quickly as possible (and as mother nature allows).
Our plan is to start making snow at the very first instance we have a sustained weather window with temperatures below 26 degrees. Our snowmaking team will start at the upper mountain laying snow on Upper Willoughby, Lower Bear Den and the lower Training Hill, with the remaining lower half of Willoughby to follow before we start making snow at the Sherburne Base area. This schedule is very dependent on weather and temperatures so we will keep you updated on our blogs, Facebook and website. I don’t like to put too much faith into long range forecasts, as they seem to change daily, but if the current forecast is even close, it looks like we could start the system up as soon as November 8th or 9th. If the forecast changes, let’s hope even colder temperatures are predicted. We’re getting very excited for this season, so look for more updates to come.
Tim McGuire-General Manager