Week #2 is in the books and we continue to make progress and terrain expansions. This week will be no exception although we unfortunately aren't getting the snowmaking temperatures at night we'd like.
This past weekend we had the following map open for skiing and riding:
If you read my last blog post you know that we were shooting for more. Mother Nature can be finicky for sure. We don't have any natural snow on the ground nor do we have any in the forecast. Even what was potential for the weekend is now going to the north and south of us. Leaving our snowmaking team the only magic makers out there.
Last week we were handed two nights where temps were forecasted to be in the low 20s even the teens. One of those nights the temp never got below 30! Not a great way to spend a graveyard shift.
This week has been much of the same but that doesn't mean we won't be expanding. Groomers are taking advantage of the opportunity to really refine our terrain and push out some more of our trails.
For this weekend we will open up Upper and Lower WhiteWolf, High Travers, Carver, Upper Dusky, and Aspen.
The snowmaking team is now focused in on the Far East and will begin its march towards the West with snowmaking taking place on Main Event to get to our final chairlift Dasher. (Blue)
Snowmaking will continue in some areas during the week next week such as White Wolf and the Green feeder trails off of Mystery while we bolster those up. Midweek we may close Cupid and some trails on the East due to both snowmaking and grooming operations but we will see how the weather and our operations progress and always check the Snow Report prior to your visit so you are aware of snowmaking and lift operations.
For the Weekend though we'll have Comet, Cupid, and Blitzen, and Blizzard all spinning. Frosty and Santa will also spin during the day on Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm.
Friday we open up for Daily Operations. We'll be open Friday - Friday 10am - 9pm then will start "Regular Season" lift hours on Saturday, December 19th. We'll have 9am - 9pm on weekends and during Christmas Week starting on 12/26 - 1/3/21.
After opening up week #2 brought more compliance of our mask protocols and I think those who continue to preach our good word. You may have noticed but we have been welcoming some race teams and programs from across our region to utilize Exhibition for training. It brings a good amount of kids to our resort and we're happy to offer this outdoor recreation to them while their home hills might be still making snow or working on their own operations.
Kids will be kids and our lift teams including myself constantly are reminding (mostly youngsters) to pick up their mask while in line. Many simply are having what I like to call "Brain Farts" when they come back down to the line (adults too). Nobody is doing this maliciously and I'm happy to say I've only had to remove one individual (an adult) from the line for non-compliance. There is nothing wrong with asking a fellow skier or snowboarder you see in line with a mask down to pull it up. I think many times you'll find that individual simply forgetting especially if they have it already around their neck. We of course are doing our best to make that message clear with multiple signs and staff walking the lines as much as possible.
Sunday afternoon we welcomed 100 local kids and their families to Granite Peak for a program called Ski 4 Youth. It was started long ago by a gentleman by the name of Spike Berg, one of the founders of Rib Mountain / Granite Peak skiing, who wanted to get as many local youth on the hill as possible. It has been handled by various groups and volunteers over the past few decades but this year Granite Peak made the change to have our own ski school take on the challenge of organizing the program. I believe our team did a great job having skis / boards pre-set and a very fluid registration process. Coordinating 100 kids on the snow is not an easy task but from social media comments and emails I've received like this one:
"Just to update you - we now have two pairs of skis, two pairs of boots, two helmets, two pairs of goggles, two children begging to go again and a partridge in a pear tree. All of which we did not have before Ski4Youth approximately 40 hours ago." - Facebook
Week #2 is coming up and we already have an enormous wait list. Easily this program has been the highlight of my short time here thus far. Kudos to ski school and all those who participated!!
Tuesday on my day off I did all my Christmas shopping, got my tires rotated, did an oil change, got a Wisconsin license and outfitted the Ram with new Dairyland License Plates! I'm pretty much now a Badger. - I just won't wear U of W gear (Read our first blog and you'll know why) and I'll always be "Born from Ice" so the bracket stays! I'm ready for daily operations. I just need to find a cot for the office and I'm set.
Now fellow Wisconsinite. (Is that correct?)
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