Sunday, October 20, 2013

More on Lenawee

I skied the Upper Mountain this morning.  There was a great improvement over the last 24 hours.  The snowmakers had another very successful night.  Some of it ready to open.  We are going to keep plugging away.  Lenawee Face is normally a tricky place to make snow.  It looked great today.  Our key chunk of terrain to keep making snow is Lenawee Traverse down to the bottom of Lenawee Lift.  

So....when does Lenawee Lift open?  We are definitely much closer.  It should be open by next weekend if not sooner.  I think the next 3 nights look very good for snowmaking.


Anonymous said...

If that is the only section left to make snow, why cant you open the Norway Lift?

Anonymous said...

If the traverse is all you have left why cant you open up Norway like in past years?

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Great question on Norway. We did open it first a few times although it has been a few years. Most years, we could get Norway open a day or two earlier than Lenawee. We have beefed up the snowmaking infrastructure down near the bottom of Lenawee so, while still the main challenge, is not as hard as it used to be. We think Lenawee serves the Upper Mountain terrain better than Norway for terrain access, capacity, and skier flow. Opening Norway would require making snow in a place that is a relatively low priority, except for a couple of days. Going for Norway first likely delays Lenawee even more. All that said, a lot of factors go into it. In the future, there will likely be conditions that opening Norway first might make sense.