October 20, 2011 3:28pm news
We’ve kicked into high gear this week, all in preparation of the upcoming season. Here in the offices, out on the mountain, and even on the road. The past couple of weeks have been very exciting, to say the least.
New trail maps are in production, which, haven’t been changed much in several years. Adding new trails and a brand new lift, and seeing it on paper, about 40, 000 of them, makes the new changes become that much more of a reality, and brings us closer to the season ahead.
And speaking of trails, the Trail Crew is back! Every year, after the foliage has fallen to the ground, you know it’s time for the trail crew to return, and for some reason, it always gets me excited. Maybe because I wish I could be out there helping out on the trail. Chainsaws, trimmers, weed whackers; the trail crew is out there clearing summer blow-downs, sprucing up the glades, and trimming up our new trails. And, it’s great to see everyone back after parting ways at the end of last season for vacations, summer jobs, and other adventures. In the next few weeks, we’ll see our snowmaking, ski school, and other staff returning to make preparations for the season.
We’ve also been on the road spreading Burke Mountain News to our friends to the south. This week I had three great press meetings. The first part of my trip was to Springfield, MA. where I met with Jeanette Deforge of the Springfield Republican, for a Burke update. She hadn’t visited Burke Mountain in a few years and was excited to hear all the exciting things happening for our community, from mountain biking to the new chairlift to our Real Estate plans. Then it was on to the WWLP-22 NBC news desk with another great meeting with weatherman Brian Lappis. We’ll be keeping him updated with Burke Mountain weather, news and events throughout the season, so for all our Springfield skiers and racers, be sure to stay tuned to this station, you’ll be seeing Burke updates from time to time! Next week it’s on to Manchester and Concord………….I’m pretty psyched to have the opportunity to tell our exciting story to others.
The CircumBurke Challenge, our First Annual Chowderfest, and the Kingdom Trails Fundraiser all take place this weekend, so come on out and see us! Also, don’t forget to keep working on that Halloween Costume for our Annual Halloween Bash-the best costume will take home a 2011.2012 Season Pass!