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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cold Air Returns

OPEN with day and night sessions, skiing and riding on a machine groomed surface.  

Hours:  9am-9pm

Rates:  20% off midweek rates today.

Open Trails:  8 trails open - Upper Dobie, Lower Dobie, Eagles Swoop, both Cross Trails, Tequila, Lower Sunrise and the upper portion of our Terrain Park.

Lifts:  2 lifts open – Blue Ridge Express and Big Acorn

Surface:  20-30 inch machine groomed base

Terrain Park:  The upper portion of the Terrain Park is open with 9 features – 20ft down donkey rail, 30ft flat pipe, 20ft down rail, elbow kink, big flat down rail set up for side entry, down tank, small flat box, small down box, disco box, “A” frame box, 10ft pipe and a pole jam.

Tubing:  CLOSED – re-opening Friday with sessions from 1:30pm until 10pm.  Sessions often sell out purchase in advance here:  http://www.wintergreenresort.com/Tubing/

Snowmaking:  Snowmaking efforts resume tonight with conditions described as “blustery” with a low of 24 degrees.  A high of 35 on Thursday could allow us to squeak through much of the day.  If not, temps will fall when the sun goes down and we will run again Thursday night into Friday morning.  The overall weather pattern is OK, with consistent normal and below normal temps expected to arrive around Christmas Day.  The forecast suggests a very active Christmas week with lots of snowmaking, near constant trail openings and GREAT snow conditions.  We are right where we need to be to have a great Holiday.

Highlands:  The previous snowmaking run provided about 50% of the snow needed to open Upper Cliffhanger, Hydraulic and Lower Wild Turkey.  Warm temps have taken a little bit of this snow away, however, we still have most of the snow.  When we crank up tonight, we will be running these trails as hard as we can, trying to get as much snow down as possible.  A storm system moving through during the day on Saturday could play a huge role.  6 inches of Natural snow in this storm would be a big help and make a Sunday opening a real possibility.  Look for additional info on this topic in tomorrow’s Blog.  Until then, pray for cold and snow.     

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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