Friday, December 27, 2013

Best Conditions in Years

Snow conditions have been phenominal for several weeks now. The last two days, we received warmer and temperatures along with blue ski and sunshine.  Today was just a gem.  It's great to see families out here having a great experience on the slopes over the holiday break.  Every guest, young and old, that I talked to today was having a memorable experience at Welch Village.  And why not.  The snow conditions right now are some of the best we have had in years.  Welch Village offers so much to so many types of skiers and riders.  Tomorrow should be another great day.  Bundle up if you plan to come on Sunday.  I don't care how cold it gets after will find me on the slopes.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Great Skiing & The Weather People

The snow conditions right now are outstanding.  The Back Bowl opened today and there is a of snow back there.  We should have most of the bowl open this weekend along with just about every other run area-wide.  The crowds have been a little on the small side so far this season probably due to the colder temperatures.  Those of you who have been here this season have been rewarded with excellent snow conditions and a great experience.  I coached 7-year old racers all weekend last weekend in the colder temperatures.  We took frequent breaks but skied for 4 hours each day.  All of the kids and the coaches had a blast and enjoyed the great snow the first week of D-Team. Please be careful when watching and listening to our local weather people on TV.  They tend to scare people away from outdoor winter recreation anytime the temperatures get into the teens and single digits.  Trust me, if you go skiing or snowboarding at 8 or 9 degrees and dress appropriately you will still have a great experience.  We live in Minnesota, the seasons change and it's gets cold and it's very normal in this part of the country. Grab a friend or family member this winter and introduce them to skiing or snowboarding.  If you know one, grab a weatherman!

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Chair #5 and Back Bowl

I made a few runs today back on Chair #5 the triple chair.  This is one of the most popular areas to ski & ride at Welch and it's a favorite of mine as well.  As you can see, there is no shortage of snow back there and we'll still need a few days to push the piles of snow around in order to open more terrain.  Right now Mary Jane and Dike's Run are open.  The snow quality is amazing.  When we can make this much snow at such cold temperatures, the machine-made snow is just as good, if not better than the real thing.  The Back Bowl will not be available this weekend.  It was a long week for our grooming and snowmaking staff due to the fact that one of our snowcats broke down.  Losing a snowcat put us behind to the point where the Back Bowl will have to wait another week.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Snow, Snow, and more Snow

This is has been an incredible stretch of snowmaking weather.  I took a tour of the area today and skied all of our major runs that are open.  We are approaching mid-winter conditions on some of the hills and it's Dec. 10th.  The snow quality is excellent and this weekend we will have most of the place open.  It's still too early to tell if the Back Bowl will be ready for this weekend.  We'll keep you posted.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Historical Snowmaking

We have made more snow at this point in the season than any other season in the history of Welch Village.  This is due largely to the cold weather we have experienced lately but it's also a testament to our snowmaking system that we have invested in every year for so many years. It's also a testament to our snowmaking staff and outside maintenance crew and their hard work, knowledge, and experience.  We have reached the point in a lot of areas where we are having to turn off the snow guns because the piles are just too big.  When the temperatures are this cold combined with the cold water from the Cannon River, our 4 snowcats simply cannot keep up with the volume of snow that our system can produce.  Snowmaking weather like this not only yields a higher volume of snow, it yields a better quality of snow for skiing and riding.  If you were out yesterday, you know what I am talking about. We are supposed to receive a few inches of natural snow today!  That will only make the snow conditions here even more exceptional than they already are.  Enjoy this classic Minnesota winter!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Welch Weather

We were glad to hear that all of you in the Twin Cities area and points north received snow this week.  Here in Welch we received precipitation but it wasn't always in the form of snow.  We were right on the mixed/rain/snow/whatever line for two days.  What we are receiving now is cold weather for an extended period of days which will enable us to make an incredible amount of snow.  This will help us build our base for most of the season ahead and freshen things up a bit around here.  If you dress warm, weather like this makes for great turns on the corduroy.  We will be opening some more runs this weekend including the Dike's run and the #5 Triple Chairlift on the East Side.  We will also open Dud's Dream, Sweeny and Leapin Liz.  There will be a lot of snow made in the Back Bowl the next few days, we'll keep you posted there.  For those of you who have little ones, we are getting closer to opening the magic carpet area.  Remember, the magic carpet runs during lessons only.  See you this weekend! Looks like we might get some snow on Sunday.