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Update from the GM

November 23, 2012 2:24pm newshomegm

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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.)



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Opening Day Update

November 20, 2012 2:24pm hannahnewshome

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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.  



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Snowmaking Plans & Opening Weekend

October 30, 2012 12:41pm homenewsgmopeningfuture

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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.



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Update from the GM

September 19, 2012 5:00pm futuregmhomenews

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It’s the middle of September and the incredible summer weather continues. We have transitioned from one of the worst winters in several decades to one of the best summers in the same time period, so its only fitting that we are in store for a terrific winter. Although we still see a few seventy and eighty degree days, the nights have started to get colder with a few mornings in the mid 30’s. With those temperatures, it won’t be long before we are able to test out our new snowmaking system! We have received our first shipment of 90 snowguns with an additional 50 still on the way. We are all very excited to push for a November 23rd opening date, and hope the weather continues to cooperate so that we can make that a reality. We want to remind all of our customers interested in a season pass (which is the most cost effective way to ski and ride at Burke, and Jay with The Judge Pass) to make sure you put your order in before the October 15th pass deadline, after which our prices will increase.



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It's Go Time

September 5, 2012 3:08pm newshomeopening

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For many of you, there's still time to squeeze in a few more weekends of fun in the sun before this beautiful summer season leaves us behind. For us, the end of the Labor Day Weekend signals the start of a very busy time here at the mountain. We now have winter on the brain.  We are seeing more & more winter staff  back at the mountain each day, with specific jobs to get done before we open the doors to another ski season.  The snowguns have arrived, keeping our mountain ops guys very busy, and the trail crew started yesterday on trail maintenance. There is work to be done to the lodges, lifts, cafeterias and roads-it’s go time.



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Hot, hot news

July 24, 2012 9:39am newshome

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We've been having a great summer here at the mountain so far!  The weather couldn't get much better for hiking, biking, camping, fishing, swimming and everything else you can do to enjoy the out of doors here in the Northeast Kingdom.  When the temperatures are topping 90 degrees and humidity is high, here's a helpful tip to cool you down:  



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Summer Updates

July 3, 2012 2:50pm gmnewshome

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It’s been a very exciting couple of months here at Burke! As the new ownership group settles in, the Burke Bike Park is open and off to a great start, and we held arguably one of the best mountain bike festivals in New England! All the while, there are a number of projects in the works that will bring some great improvements to the 2012.13 winter season. The change in ownership at Burke has gone extremely smooth and we are all very excited with what our future holds. Our new partners at Jay Peak have been great to work with and all of our customers will benefit from this new synergy.



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Update from the GM

June 13, 2012 11:47am futuregmhomenews

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Memorial Day weekend is behind us and the official start to summer is not far off, and with the change of seasons comes more exciting changes at Burke. Last year at this time we were getting ready to talk about the new Mid Burke lift and the installation of the wind turbine. One would think it would be difficult to top those announcements, but the news last week may just have done that. For those who have not heard, Burke was purchased by a private ownership group last week. The new owners, headed by businessman Ariel Quiros, own a number of other entities (both ski and non ski related) including Jay Peak Resort. Jay Peak has seen unprecedented capital investment in the resort over the past several years led by their President and co-owner Bill Stenger. We are delighted to have such a vibrant ownership team that is locally based and has such extensive experience in the ski resort industry.

So what do these changes mean for Burke? First, there are still many details to work out, this transaction happened very quickly, both the existing Burke team and new owners need to get up to speed. There will likely be no immediate changes in the next few months, summer festivals, lift served mountain biking, and the Tamarack grill will continue to operate as planned. Burke will continue to have its own brand and identity, and likewise for Jay Peak. Improvements for the upcoming winter, including significant upgrades to the snowmaking system and additional marketing are now being discussed. Beyond this season, further improvements and attractions, including additional bed base are seen as important to the success of Burke. We will also be discussing reciprocal pass and ticket deals that will allow the customers of both resorts to take advantage of this new partnership.



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The Burke Freestyle team worked incredibly hard all season long and as a result earned a few spots in USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, CO. This is unusual for the first year skiing on a freestyle team, but our Burkies are a special group of athletes!   Congratulations to Nick, Ryan, and Luke for putting in the extra effort and making us all very proud. Nick and Ryan qualified for Slopestyle and Superpipe competitions held April 4-10, 2012.
 
As I am writing this it is sunny and 60 degrees at Copper- it's hard to believe that just a few weeks ago we were training at Burke and competing all over New England. We arrived Friday April 6 in Colorado only to find that Nick's luggage had been lost by the airline and Ryan had come down with altitude sickness. Saturday we were off to a late start but still managed to train at The Barn at Woodward at Copper, a custom indoor training facility. The boys worked on front-flips, 540s, and misty flips on the trampolines and in the foam pit.
 
Sunday we hit the slopes and started practicing on the Superpipe and Slopestyle course. We put together our runs, got some sleep, and prepared for Monday's Superpipe competition.
 
Monday we were up early for Superpipe on a perfect spring day. The pipe was immaculate and the team threw down. Nick stomped some huge grabs, alley-oops, and even his first-ever alley-oop 360 in the pipe during his runs. Ryan came charging down with some tai-lgrabs, Japan grabs, alley-oops, 360s, and his first-ever switch alley-oop 180 during his runs. We celebrated by free skiing the rest of the day and enjoying Copper's many flawless parks and bowls.
 
Tuesday morning we arrived on the Slopestyle course to find another great day and perfect course. The field was stacked but we still put together some unique runs that caught the crowd's attention. Nick threw down on the boxes and pulled a switch 180 to a huge 180 on the jumps. Ryan pulled his first switch 360 followed by a huge 360 to cap his run off. After the competition we skied until the lifts closed, again enjoying the great views, parks, and wide-open soft bowls up top.
 
Tuesday night the team had another Barn session and worked on flips and corked spins, which we hope to take to the snow next season. Overall it has been an amazing first year and we are already looking forward to December for our season kick-off. A Special thank you goes to Burke Mountain for supporting our new program and all freestyle team members and families for helping make this a huge success.
 
Stay tuned and come join the team to have fun with us next year!
To register or find out more give us a call at 802.626.7324 or email us at info@skiburke.com 



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