January 26, 2013 10:27am homefuture
It’s an exciting time at Burke Mountain. With new owners, QBurke Mountain Resorts, come new plans–big plans–for the mountain’s future. And as with any undertaking this big, people have questions. We hear them at the base lodge, on the lifts, at the country store, the gas station–pretty much everywhere. So we’re using this blog post to answer those questions, in order:
January 23, 2013 8:00am gmnewshome
2013 is off to an interesting start. The first week was arguably some of the best skiing we have had at Burke in over two years followed by an obligatory "January thaw" with spring-like snow conditions and a few nostalgic rides on the Willoughby chair-lift. Some wildly windy weather during the third weekend has brought us to where we are now, into a deep freeze. With this midweek cold spell, we will again put the new snowmaking system to work and look to build snow pack on the upper mountain and trails that do not typically see snowmaking, such as the Gap. Our lift maintenance team works hard to keep all our lifts running so that our customers can enjoy as much time on the mountain as possible. We were thankful for this earlier in the month when the power line serving the Mid Burke Express went down. The Willoughby was brought on line quickly so that everyone could still enjoy top to bottom skiing, albeit a slower ride to the top. Our Willoughby chair feels like it is hardly moving compared to the new detachable, but it is nice to have in situations like this.
January 4, 2013 8:00am gmnewshome
I hope everyone had a nice holiday and a great New Year! Early December started a little slow, but we were able to finish the month extremely strong. Thanks to our new, improved snowmaking system (and snowmakers), as well as a couple of perfectly timed snow storms, we had a great holiday week. We now have 50 of our 56 trails open with arguably the best ski conditions we have had in over two years. We will continue to make snow as temperatures allow-resurfacing some icy spots- including the first drop on Upper Dipper as well as other challenging areas. We have already made snow on a number of trails that have seen limited or no snowmaking in the past, including Upper Fox's Folly and Ledges, and we will continue on to The Gap and a few other steep favorites over the next week or so.
December 22, 2012 3:00pm gmnewshome
Happy Holidays Burke Skiers & Riders
December 14, 2012 9:00am newshomeparks
The season is back in effect and we were able to open the park much earlier than ever. Although we didn't have ideal temperatures to make a substantial amount of snow, we were still able to build a full run of features from top to bottom in record time. Some brand new features have made their debut in the park, including a 27ft fat snowmaking tube, a 16ft A-frame box, and 16ft flat box. The trail is designed to maintain a fun flow with many rollers and berms. The new boxes are designed specifically for beginners and is perfect to learn on. Here is the list of features from top to bottom:
December 8, 2012 9:00am gmnewshome
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!
December 2, 2012 5:00pm hannahnewshome
Here's a quick heads up with our plans for the week:
November 27, 2012 1:27pm hannahnewshome
Good things come to those who wait. With prime snowmaking temps the past few days, we are pumping out the snow for summit to base skiing and riding this weekend! Lifts and trails will open for Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2. The Sherburne Experss will be open servicing Binney Lane and High Meadows Pass. The Mid Burke Express and Poma lift will be open with 4 trails-Upper & Lower Willoughby, Lower Bear Den and Lower Warren's Way. Services at the Sherburne Base Lodge will include the Rental & Repair Shop, ski and ride lessons, Seson Pass & Guest Relations Offices and food services from the Tamarack Grill.
November 23, 2012 2:24pm newshomegm
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.)
November 20, 2012 2:24pm hannahnewshome
It's that time of year again-family gatherings, holiday parties, feasts, presents and quality time on the slopes! I haven't been this excited for the start of the season in a long time! Our snowmaking upgrades are proving to be very efficient and effective, and the snow that we have been able to put on the hill has far exceeded our expectations. There is significant coverage on the upper mountain-but unfortunately, these gorgeous sunshiny days have not let us continue our 'round the clock plan for snowmaking like we had hoped.