Saturday, December 27, 2014
Photos from around Welch Village today:
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Yes it was another cloudy day but other than that, the conditions were excellent today. The snow we made this week after the warmth and rain earlier in the week made a huge difference. There is a chance that we may be able to open the Back Bowl on Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed....we'll see...
Friday, December 19, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
As we open for another season we need to reflect on both the differences and the similarities five decades of time generates:
Lift(s) - One 1200 ft T-bar, One Rope Tow
Slopes - Three (Lookout, Wild Finale, Fowl Play)
Snow Rate - 150 gal/min from 12 air/water guns
Groomers - Polaris sled, John Deere Cat
Weather - Rain on December 24, open Jan 1
Members - Nelson families
Nine Chairlifts (Five Quads, one triple, three doubles), One Carpet
Sixty Runs on Five Hills (Far West, West, East, Far East, Back Bowl)
4500 gal/min from over 150 airless snow machines
Four Piston Bully Machines
1600 Shaped rental skis, boots, bindings
Snow and cold on November 11
Several thousand Members
During that first season, we were scrambling to build the original chalet (which is still there and used), finish clearing the slopes, install the T-bar lift, design and build the rope tow and the snow makers, hire and train ourselves and our first employees, and take care of our young families while being employed full time at jobs that paid the bills. Somehow, with hard work, long hours, helpful neighbors and friends, and lots of prayer support, we made it through the first season, and the next four, until we could install the first of three chairlifts in 1969, 70, 71.
However, in those first years, the most important variable was weather, and how to cope with the uncertainty of the forecasters, and the reality of snow conditions when either cold or warm fronts came our way. Those issues have not changed in the last fifty years.
As my father told me on a visit to our ticket booth in 1967, "Leigh, it is going to be big!", and it is. Thanks be to God.
Please come and celebrate with us, and start the next 50 years of our joy.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
We will be targeting most of our snowmaking efforts on Lookout, Harley's Hollow, and Fowl Play in the first week or so. It's still too early to forecast an opening day. With that being said, I think it would be a good idea to make sure your equipment is waxed and tuned. It won't be long now.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Snowmaking: There is a new chill in the air today and it looks like we'll get our first real hard freeze this week around Halloween. Although it will be tempting to fire up some snow guns this week it's still a little early. Our snowmaking staff has been hard at work the past few weeks check lines, working on the equipment, moving the portable snow guns into position, and we are ready for the first wave of snowmaking operations. Our outside operations staff will also be busy making the move to the new maintenance facility in the next few weeks. If we see a solid window of good snowmaking hours in the next few weeks we'll be ready.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
P.S. - See if you can spot the bald eagle in one of these photos!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Tammy Coyne, who has spent the last few seasons serving as assistant race director, is now the new race director at Welch Village. Coyne brings extensive race management experience from her years spent in Michigan and at Buck Hill in MN. She was the race director at Buck Hill for 10 seasons and brings valuable expertise and knowledge which will enable Welch Village to attract more racers and race events in the years to come. Coyne is eager to build Welch Village's NASTAR program, adult race leagues, and High School Invitational race.
Brianna Berg is now Welch Village's new USSA Head Coach. Berg spent one season racing USSA at Welch Village and 3 seasons at Afton Alps. She was a FIS racer and participated in the 2003 J1/J2 Junior Olympics. Berg raced in college for the Northern Michigan Ski Team in 2005 and 2006. In 2005, she qualified for the USCSA individual nationals and in 2006 her team qualified for nationals as a team. For the past 5 years, she has been the head coach of the Northfield High School Alpine Team. Berg is now a full-time coach at Welch Village serving as head coach for the USSA team and the new Race Academy Program.
The new Welch Race Academy, a program under the new SkiLink Performance Center™, will make it's debut in 2014/15 and will introduce a new standard of race coaching in the region. As a PMTS™ Racer Development licensed program, the Race Academy will aim to build "World Cup" type ski movements in every athlete using movement based drills and skier alignment methods. The program's goal is to use smaller coach to athlete ratios than typical race programs. Coaches will mix free ski drills, gate section drills, full course sets, and time trials in order to maximizeresults for each athlete and provide more individual attention. The program will also incorporate a great deal of video analysis enabling coaches to focus on how each athlete's movements create speed and efficiency on race day.
Welch Village is hoping that mother nature helps this fall in enabling them to concentrate more snowmaking efforts towards getting race hills like Lookout and Dan's Dive open sooner than in year's past. When cold temperatures arrive this fall, Welch Village's snowmaking crew will be ready. In fact, for the first time in many years, a Thanksgiving Race Camp is planned for the weekend of Nov. 29-30. If weather permits, this will allow all Welch Village guests to enjoy steeper terrain as early as possible.
Registration for the D-team, USSA team, and the new Race Academy opens on October 1st. Registration for all race programs can be done via the Online Store.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
To view the full Big Sky Exclusive Package offers Click Here. The benefits at Targhee and Lutsen will be virtually the same as recent years.
In a couple of weeks, we will release a new fall lineup of season pass options which will enable you to take advantage of all Member Benefits including exclusive offers at our partner resorts, exclusive discounts on lift tickets and rental for your guests, and more. Watch for our new "Flex Passes" which will provide a series of flexible membership options to fit your life style and schedule.
Stay tuned for more information on our new fall passes as well as fall events, D-Team Picnic, Ski Swap, and more!