Tuesday, November 22 at 12:30pm: As stated yesterday, THANK YOU -- Mother Nature for the cold weather -- our awesome SNOWMAKERS for their solid efforts, hard work and long hours this weekend -- and to all of YOU for doing their cold weather / snow dances! November may go down as one of the warmest on record here in Duluth, but we were cetainly thankful for the recent blast of COLD these past few days so we could start the snowmaking process.
We are happy to announce that Snocross 2016 is ON as scheduled for the Thanksgiving Weekend. The folks from ISOC are officially on-site and final preparations are well underway with the event set up. The 25th Year Anniversary of Snocross is a milestone here in Duluth, and we feel very fortunate to have received the opportunity to make enough snow here to pull it off!
Speaking of snow, the big question out there is when to we start the ski & snowboard season? We definitely have a solid jump start and are anxious to continue making more snow to get the slopes open as quickly as possible. The overnights of Saturday and Sunday were fairly solid snowmaking sessions. The rest of the weekend was what one might call a bit on the "marginal" side. Again, beggars cannot be choosers and we are simply thankful it got cold enough to make any sort of snow at this point. We shut the snowmaking system down early this morning, and our hope is to resume snowmaking operations either over the weekend or early next week. Looks like we could see another winter event here with natural snow coming in later tonight & Wednesday, but then a slight bump in temps to finish out the week through the weekend. The better news is that once we move into the early part of next week, we should see some cold temps settle in and many quality snowmaking chances for many times to come!!
At this point in time, it is difficult to determine exactly when we will be turning lifts and sliding down the slopes, but with what I see in the forecast for next week....there may be a possibility of riding the first weekend of December...stay tuned, and we'll certainly keep you informed as all unfolds.
Snocross Tickets are on-sale...you will not want to the miss the 25th Anniversary event....going to be EPIC!
Snow Savers are on sale now through Monday, November 28! Save BIG on tickets, rentals and amazing deals on Learn to Ski and Snowboard Programs!
Season Pass Pick Up will happen this week on Monday-Wednesday from 9am-4pm. We will have no pick up times available November 24-27. All pick up happens at the main chalet. Remember, as a pass holder you do receive complimentary entrance to Snocross but you must have your season pass in order to enter.
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 @ 10:45am: Thank You -- Mother Nature for the cold weather -- Our awesome SNOWMAKERS for a lot of hard work and long hours this weekend -- and to all of YOU for doing their cold weather / snow dance.....we are happy to announce that Snocross 2016 IS ON as scheduled for the Thanksgiving Weekend!
To our loyal skiers and snowboarders, please know we are continuning to make snow at every opportunity to get us closer to a Opening Day...stay tuned as all unfolds, and let's hope the cold air sticks around in the many days/nights ahead.
A few reminders: Season Pass Pick Up will happen this week on Monday-Wednesday from 9am-4pm. We will have no pick up times available November 24-27. All pick up happens at the main chalet. Remember, as a pass holder you do receive complimentary entrance to Snocross but you must have your season pass in order to enter.
Snow Savers are on sale now now for a limited time! Save BIG on tickets, rentals and amazing deals on Learn to Ski and Snowboard Programs!
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Snowmaking is officially underway as of Saturday morning, and we are sooooo very thankful for the winter weather....now we just need Mother Nature to keep the "cold" coming. Please stay posted and we will be updating here soon regarding confirmation of the 2016 Snocross. as well as Opening Day information for the ski area. Expect additional updates to be posted here on Monday! Think Cold & Think Snow!!
Friday, November 18 at 10am:
It's pretty wet and funky here on the hill right now, but we're hopeful the temperatures continue to fall and the SNOW moves in by this afternoon! Our first significant winter weather system could be a solid snow producer as the hours unfold here Friday afternoon/evening....some project totals in the 3"-6" range, while others show the potential of double-digits! We vote for the double-digits, but we'll take whatever we can get in the form of the wonderful white....and, perhaps even more importantly, we are awaiting snowmaking temps to roll in so we can fire up the machines!
Our snowmaking crews will be ON around the clock here throughout the weekend, and most models show our best opportunities to make snow between Saturday night and Monday morning. We are definitely stoked, and hopeful, that all holds together accordingly with the weather and our efforts to pump out as much snow as possible for the Snocross track as well as to start covering the slopes.
We'll keep you updated here on our efforts over these next few days and nights, and obviously, we will know much more of where all stands as we roll into Monday...stay tuned.
I'm leaving up the prior post below for your reading pleasure with a few more details and insights, but....
Here we GO....and, please keep doing those snow-dances!!
Post from Wednesday, November 16:
LET IT SNOW!!
As we continue along here, all looks fairly promising for snow & snowmaking to roll into Duluth here by this Friday/Saturday! We are stoked to finally see some winter weather, and we are hopeful that this weather system will bring us some quality snowmaking opportunities!
The BIG questions out there are what's the word on Snocross and when will the slopes open for the season:
Snocross - At this point in time, our plan is to do everything possible to make Snocross happen over Thanksgiving Weekend. We feel fortunate to have a serious winter event moving our way, and would be pretty pumped to get that 12" of au natural from the storm...but, the reality is, we are even more excited to see the colder temps that are coming with this event. Most weather projections show us being able to get the snowguns running by either late-Friday or early-Saturday. If we could get in some around-the-clock snowmaking and see those projected teens, we feel there may just enough of a snowmaking window to give us a decent shot at making enough snow for the track! Our team of snowmakers are prepared to fire up the guns as soon as temps/conditions allow, and we'll be keeping everyone informed as all unfolds here. Wish us luck, and make certain to get your snow dance ON!
Skiing & Snowboarding - Similar to the above statements, we are very excited to get started on turning the slopes "white" for the 2016/17 Winter Season! We'll start making snow throughout the slopes this weekend, and pretty much at any & all opportunities we can. It's certainly difficult to say right now when we'll have enough coverage to get the slopes & lifts rolling, but wish us luck and stay tuned....we do have some ideas here to get some of you out on the hill here in the very near future!!
That's about it from here, folks. We'll continue monitoring the weather, and we'll make sure to provide updates as all unfolds. It is NOW offiically time for SNOVEMBER!
THINK COLD, THINK SNOW, THINK SPIRIT!
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Holiday Camp: Sign Up NOW! for our Holiday Camp. Held in conjunction with our friends at Team Duluth, Holiday Camp runs December 27-30 and is perfect for kids ages 5-16. Lesson groups are available for beginners to advanced and it is a fabulous way to spend your holiday time. All details can be found HERE.