January 5, 2012 10:32am news
Happy New Year! So Mother Nature didn’t help us out that much in 2011, but we’re hopeful for a New Year that brings us new snow. I headed out this morning at 9am to get my first runs of the year on Big Dipper and Carriage Road, which opened up yesterday. Although we have one of those fancy GoPro helmet cams, I am no video editor, so to make you a nice little helmet cam video with cool music in the background would have taken me a month, and by that time, we will be waist deep in snow! (knock on wood) So I decided to make a small slide show for your visual enjoyment of my morning.
First, a warm up run on Upper Willoughby to Lower Warren’s where daily training was beginning at BMA. By this time, the “light snow” that the morning forecast was calling for had turned into a nice steady fluffy snow, where in some places, there was a nice 2” layer of fresh natural snow on the trail. Then, back up the Mid Burke Express for a visit with Carriage Road and the Dippers. The wind mill was spinning as several snow guns were blasting Upper Dipper, which we think should be able to get groomed out and open for tomorrow! A quick stop at the Pavilion and back to the Express for a few more runs.
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Looking ahead to this weekend, we’ve got a lot planned on and off the slopes. Otter Creek will be hosting an après ski party at the Bear Den Lounge from 3-6pm. Then at 9pm, local band Classic Rewind brings you your old favorite classic rock & roll and country hits.
For the kids, the Sledding Hill is open on Saturday, and Burke the Bear will be out on the slopes this weekend, and if you stop by the top of the Sherburne Express just after noon, you’ll probably get a chance to take a picture with him.
And don’t forget plenty of skiing and riding too! Dashney Mile was just re-cut and re-shaped last night with new jumps, rails and other features, and according to the park staff report this morning, is a "powdery wonderland." Our snowmaking team is working double time to open more trails. Snow showers are in the forecast right through to Saturday night and Sunday looks like a great day to get some fresh air out on the trails with sunny skies and temps in the 20’s.
Happy New Year! Cheers to 2012!