March 8, 2013 8:23am homenewsfuturegm
As we head into the tail end of the winter, it should be no secret that we are enjoying the best conditions of the season right now. It is hard to believe that most of the winter is already behind us, which is even more reason to make a trip to Burke this month and enjoy the great snow conditions and weather. It has been a very busy season so far with a lot of ups and downs, coupled with news and excitement about the future of Burke Mountain. I will save my year in review post until after we close in mid April, but would like to take the opportunity now to introduce two new faces you have probably read about in local press and Burke media, seen around the mountain, and hopefully have had a chance to meet.
January 23, 2013 8:00am gmnewshome
2013 is off to an interesting start. The first week was arguably some of the best skiing we have had at Burke in over two years followed by an obligatory "January thaw" with spring-like snow conditions and a few nostalgic rides on the Willoughby chair-lift. Some wildly windy weather during the third weekend has brought us to where we are now, into a deep freeze. With this midweek cold spell, we will again put the new snowmaking system to work and look to build snow pack on the upper mountain and trails that do not typically see snowmaking, such as the Gap. Our lift maintenance team works hard to keep all our lifts running so that our customers can enjoy as much time on the mountain as possible. We were thankful for this earlier in the month when the power line serving the Mid Burke Express went down. The Willoughby was brought on line quickly so that everyone could still enjoy top to bottom skiing, albeit a slower ride to the top. Our Willoughby chair feels like it is hardly moving compared to the new detachable, but it is nice to have in situations like this.
January 4, 2013 8:00am gmnewshome
I hope everyone had a nice holiday and a great New Year! Early December started a little slow, but we were able to finish the month extremely strong. Thanks to our new, improved snowmaking system (and snowmakers), as well as a couple of perfectly timed snow storms, we had a great holiday week. We now have 50 of our 56 trails open with arguably the best ski conditions we have had in over two years. We will continue to make snow as temperatures allow-resurfacing some icy spots- including the first drop on Upper Dipper as well as other challenging areas. We have already made snow on a number of trails that have seen limited or no snowmaking in the past, including Upper Fox's Folly and Ledges, and we will continue on to The Gap and a few other steep favorites over the next week or so.
December 22, 2012 3:00pm gmnewshome
Happy Holidays Burke Skiers & Riders
December 8, 2012 9:00am gmnewshome
We are looking forward to a great weekend, coming off one the strongest opening weekends Burke has had. For those of you not lucky enough to make it up last weekend the conditions were great. In the month of November alone, we have pumped just under half the amount of water for snowmaking that we pump in a typical SEASON. The amount of snow made with our new system is unprecedented and we have heard the approval from our customers. In talking with our guest and season pass holders, I have been told that they feel this is by far the best early season conditions they have ever seen. We need to thank our new ownership group and Burke Mountain Academy for the new snowmaking system along with our snowmaking crew who worked a week straight, 24 hours a day, the last week of November! Great Job!
November 23, 2012 2:24pm newshomegm
We have a lot to be thankful for this year at Burke, but unfortunately a November 23rd opening was just not in the cards. As mentioned in the latest BurkeBlast, a few early snowmaking days were missed due to final finishing touches that were required on our new compressor. Combined with an unusually prolonged temperature inversion pattern this past week has prevented us from making enough snow to get open for this weekend. (For those of you that purchased the Judge Pass, you are in luck this weekend as Jay plans to open on Friday, November 23). While this is an unfortunate setback we should be thankful that the mid range weather forecast is now showing the coldest sustained temperatures of the season arriving by mid day Saturday. We will take advantage of this and run the system to its full extent so that we can open as many trails as possible by the first of December. We will continue making snow on the upper mountain and extend coverage throughout December. Our goal is to have the lower mountain open for the weekend of December 8th. (The inversions have been so difficult the last few days, we only made snow on the lower mountain as temps from Mid Burke to the summit were just not there.)
October 30, 2012 12:41pm homenewsgmopeningfuture
Hurricane Sandy has come and gone and we were fortunate to get thru this weather event with no significant damages. We hope all of our customers to the south were equally as lucky. It’s been a very busy October and we are looking forward to the start of ski season- but before we talk about the winter plans ahead- I want to take a quick look back on a great month of October.
September 19, 2012 5:00pm futuregmhomenews
It’s the middle of September and the incredible summer weather continues. We have transitioned from one of the worst winters in several decades to one of the best summers in the same time period, so its only fitting that we are in store for a terrific winter. Although we still see a few seventy and eighty degree days, the nights have started to get colder with a few mornings in the mid 30’s. With those temperatures, it won’t be long before we are able to test out our new snowmaking system! We have received our first shipment of 90 snowguns with an additional 50 still on the way. We are all very excited to push for a November 23rd opening date, and hope the weather continues to cooperate so that we can make that a reality. We want to remind all of our customers interested in a season pass (which is the most cost effective way to ski and ride at Burke, and Jay with The Judge Pass) to make sure you put your order in before the October 15th pass deadline, after which our prices will increase.
July 3, 2012 2:50pm gmnewshome
It’s been a very exciting couple of months here at Burke! As the new ownership group settles in, the Burke Bike Park is open and off to a great start, and we held arguably one of the best mountain bike festivals in New England! All the while, there are a number of projects in the works that will bring some great improvements to the 2012.13 winter season. The change in ownership at Burke has gone extremely smooth and we are all very excited with what our future holds. Our new partners at Jay Peak have been great to work with and all of our customers will benefit from this new synergy.
June 13, 2012 11:47am futuregmhomenews
Memorial Day weekend is behind us and the official start to summer is not far off, and with the change of seasons comes more exciting changes at Burke. Last year at this time we were getting ready to talk about the new Mid Burke lift and the installation of the wind turbine. One would think it would be difficult to top those announcements, but the news last week may just have done that. For those who have not heard, Burke was purchased by a private ownership group last week. The new owners, headed by businessman Ariel Quiros, own a number of other entities (both ski and non ski related) including Jay Peak Resort. Jay Peak has seen unprecedented capital investment in the resort over the past several years led by their President and co-owner Bill Stenger. We are delighted to have such a vibrant ownership team that is locally based and has such extensive experience in the ski resort industry.
So what do these changes mean for Burke? First, there are still many details to work out, this transaction happened very quickly, both the existing Burke team and new owners need to get up to speed. There will likely be no immediate changes in the next few months, summer festivals, lift served mountain biking, and the Tamarack grill will continue to operate as planned. Burke will continue to have its own brand and identity, and likewise for Jay Peak. Improvements for the upcoming winter, including significant upgrades to the snowmaking system and additional marketing are now being discussed. Beyond this season, further improvements and attractions, including additional bed base are seen as important to the success of Burke. We will also be discussing reciprocal pass and ticket deals that will allow the customers of both resorts to take advantage of this new partnership.