Monday, June 30, 2014

New Shop Construction

Construction efforts with our new maintenance facility are in full swing.  Footings and the foundation have been poured and the crew is now installing the block wall of the first floor this week.  The exterior of the building is starting to take shop already which is pretty exciting.  This is going to be an impressive building. Stay tuned for more updates as the building takes shape.  Have a happy and safe 4th of July. 

P.S. Don't Forget - Our annual July 1st Lift Ticket Sale is tomorrow.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Ground Breaking of New state-of-the-art Maintenance Facility

Today, we held a ground breaking ceremony for our new state-of-the-art maintenance facility project.  Below is a Press Release written by Welch Village Founder, President, and Owner, Leigh Nelson:


Goodhue County granted a building permit on June 5 to Welch Village Ski Area, Inc., for construction of a state-of-the-art maintenance facility for the resort. Two buildings are included in the plan, one to house portable equipment for snow making and grooming, and the other for routine maintenance and for major repair of machinery and vehicles needed to provide superior slope conditions for a supreme alpine experience.

Welch Village will celebrate its 50th year of operation through the 2014-2015 season ahead, and the new maintenance facility confirms the commitment the resort has made to continually upgrade equipment, slopes and infrastructure to enhance the ski experience for its guests. At present the resort has over 200 high tech snow making units, pumps over 5000 GPM of water for snow production, has nine chairlifts serving 60 slopes, and has a large learning center with a carpet lift.

The new maintenance facility will be equipped with a hydraulic lift system, high tech tools and test devices, and a computer based spare part system assuring dependable performance of key equipment. Accessabilty to the slopes, and to the county highway system will enable fast response to slope needs, and ready and safe delivery of fuel and other supplies. The original shop facility will be dismantled and moved to the recreational bike trail in the Cannon Valley.

A ground breaking ceremony for the new maintenance complex will be staged on Thursday June 12, at 10 AM at the resort.on the fill bed site where the buildings are to be located. Coffee and a sweet will follow in the chalet, with a short presentation on the 50 year history of the resort and the ski industry.