Thursday, February 16, 2017

We are fine, trust me

By now I'm sure you have heard that 60 degrees is in the forecast for this weekend starting tomorrow. I took this picture of Lookout this morning.  Rest assured, it's going to take many 60 degrees to affect our deep snow base.  Our snow is still great and our grooming crew is the best in the Midwest.  Join us this weekend for some spring skiing.  And guess what, the forecast for next weekend looks more like winter.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Snow Report & Spring Season Pass Sale!!!

We have snow.  We have a lot of snow.  The snow we still have (which is a lot) is very fun to ski on right now. The snow we have will be around for a while yet.

A few things to keep in mind heading into President's Weekend:
  • The snow conditions are excellent.  We have a deep snow pack, the grooming crew is doing an amazing job right now, and we are 100% open. 
  • Don't miss the band, "Useful Jenkins", who will be performing this Saturday at 5pm in the Main Chalet.  The show is FREE and open to everyone.  This band was the headliner for our October Bakkelyka Brew Concert.  
  • Spring Season Pass Sale is happening very soon.  We will begin selling season passes for NEXT season early next week.  The prices will be announced soon....trust me, you will want to read your email this year 🙂
Did I mention we have a lot of snow?  Here are a few pictures from skiing today.  I took a few runs with Grandpa Leigh as well as 3 good-looking ladies I happen to know.  Happy Valentines Day and we'll see you this weekend...on the snow....because we have a lot of it. 

  














Friday, February 10, 2017

Phone Calls

We are currently receiving phone calls asking the following questions: "Are you still open?" "Do you still have snow?" "Will you have any snow left next week"? "What is the snow like there, really slushy"?

The snow conditions are incredible right now.  Today could have been the best day of the year so far in terms of snow conditions and grooming quality. Of course I made some turns with my lovely wife which always makes the experience better.  But still, the snow was perfect.

The weather people on TV are already getting wild and crazy about the warm temps this weekend and next week.  I'm so glad that certain meteorologists remind me that snow melts when the air temperature exceeds 32 degrees.  I would like to personally thank Ken Barlow and Dave Dahl on KSTP for the job they do.  They do an outstanding job of not sensationalizing the weather and always presenting the weather in a straightforward, journalistic way. Belinda Jenson on Kare11 is also one of our favorites.

It's still early February and we have plenty of great skiing and riding ahead of us at Welch this year. Join us this weekend and bring a friend!  



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Great Snow, Women's Programs

Great Saturday of skiing today. Perfect temperatures (although I think any temperature is perfect for skiing), sunshine all afternoon, and people of all ages enjoying the great February snow.  The snow is great everywhere right now. Kudos again to the grooming crew.  I took my girls over to the triple chair for a while today and we made multiple trips through the new mini-moguls on Long Way Home.  If you have kids, go check them out, they are fun for all ages. We had some cool women's only programs happening today too.  Our PMTS  All-mountain Women's Ski Camp is happening all weekend.  This camp sold out in this the first year we offered it!  And...our very popular Women's Ride & Wine took place.  If you have ever wanted to try snowboarding, and you like wine, this is the program for you.  Great start to February, join us on the slopes and bring a friend...






Future Mountain Bike Trail !!!


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Great Snow

Last Sunday (Dec 17th) it was -25 w/ -40 wind chill.  This past Sunday on Christmas Day, it was +40 degrees with over an inch of rain.  What a strange clash of extremes...and a what a huge challenge. Huge props to our snowmaking and grooming crew.  Thanks to their efforts, the snow conditions are excellent right now.  We turned on the snowguns Monday night and did some extra grooming and we are so glad that we did.  Come and experience it for yourself and join us this week...and bring some family and friends.  The snow was so good today, I needed a Bent Paddle Cold Press and Madd Jaxx!



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It's about time...right?

The crew turned on the snowguns this morning around 8am and they have been going strong ever since.  We love that the wind is finally out of the west and that the temps keep dropping.  The winds are a little strong for our taste right now but we are not going to complain.  The guns should be on for several days in a row which is ideal.  Still way too early to predict an opening date.  It's going to be very white at Welch Village at this time tomorrow!  It would be a good idea to get your skis and boards ready.



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Snowmaking resumed last night


Not the best snowmaking conditions last night but our crew spent the night making snow anyway. The temperature never got below 28-29 degrees under a thick blanket of clouds.  If it would have cleared off just a little that would have made a big difference. It appears that winter finally arrives Tuesday of next week.  Right now, it appears that we will be blessed with great snowmaking weather for several days in a row. Opening day at Welch Village should happen sometime late next week.
Stay tuned...