Friday, February 4, 2022

Kare 11 Olympics coverage commercial

During the Winter Olympics coverage on Kare 11 over the next couple of weeks, you may see a Minnesota ski area that looks familiar in a commercial promoting the Minnesota Ski Areas Association.

My family was asked to provide the “talent” in the commercial along with our Financial Controller & his son.  My girls were happy to take a day off school for this :).

We are blessed to be part of a strong ski industry in this state with so many great ski area owners & operators that work hard together towards the common goal of growing the sport we love. It’s exciting to create projects like this that will benefit all ski areas in the state. A big shout to Matthew Zabransky and his team for creating the video and to my wife who dusted off her snowboard for this. She  converted to a full-time skier a few years now but is still buttery smooth on that board. 

Friday, January 7, 2022

Skiing between chairlifts

You are now able to ski and ride in between the new quad chairlift and the #5 (Triple) chairlift. This was one of the added bonuses with this project when we decided to move the bottom terminal of the new lift to the west about 30ft or so. We are still adjusting to this so please control your speed at the bottom of Harley’s Hollow and be on the lookout for Caution signs & banners. Enjoy the snow and the Back Bowl this weekend!

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Staffing Shortages

This is one of those posts where I am going to be as transparent as I can with you. 

Our team is preparing a series of contingency operations plans as covid cases surge in our area. Like all businesses, we were already experiencing staffing challenges and the recent surges in covid cases in our area is getting us concerned that our operations could be impacted.  Things are okay right now, but we are very thin with our staffing levels. 

Our highest priority is maintaining a certain staffing level of employees in key areas like lift operations, ticketing, grooming, and patrol to keep our passholders and guests skiing and riding.  However,  we may need to modify the availability of some services like food & beverage, rental, ski shop, and lessons if things continue to trend in the wrong direction.  Food and beverage is the department that is being affected the most right now. 

We have a passionate and experienced team of leaders here at Welch Village but we have really never faced the types of challenges we are facing right now.  

We are preparing for a variety of possible scenarios right now and remain confident that we should have enough staff to enable all of you to ski & ride.  However, just know that it's possible that we may be limited on how many chairlifts we can operate at certain times and we may be forced to adjust our hours of operation on certain days if we experience more severe staffing shortages. 

The good news: We now have 6 quad chairlifts so we are already in a better position to deal with these issues. 

Our team just thought it was the right thing to do in providing this "heads up" message. We are trying to be as proactive as possible. 

Stay updated by checking our website frequently as well as our social media. Thank you for understanding. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

More snow!

It was -6 when I pulled into the parking lot this morning. We have had to remind a lot of our holiday week guests this week that snowmaking has been a challenge this fall & early winter and when we feel temps like today.  Its  
easy to forget the 60 degree weather the week after Thanksgiving, the rain & thunderstorms a couple weeks ago, and of course…the tornado watches just two weeks ago. It was even 45 degrees with more rain on Christmas Eve. 

Even though it’s the holiday week, we are taking full advantage of these cold temps now to make snow all over the property. We are making additional snow on open runs, expanding beginner terrain & magic carpet areas, widening & building the base on runs like Bakkelyka and other major runs, and of working to open additional terrain like the Back Bowl. We are also piling up snow in the terrain park for a more expansive build early next week. 

We plan to make a lot of snow over the next few days and we’ll have a better idea when the Back Bowl and additional areas will be open very soon, stay tuned.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Hug a snowmaker

Our snowmaking mountain ops team has done a tremendous job dealing with some challenging snowmaking conditions this year but they are relentless. Guns are running everywhere and more of your favorite runs will be opening soon. We are trying to get as many runs and lifts open as possible with the holidays coming soon. 

FYI…we need to keep Lookout & Wild Finale closed one more day, Tuesday 12/21 to finish snowmaking hopefully for the season on those runs. 

Be ready for a lot of Snow Report updates coming this week! And hug a snowmaker if see one…

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Tornado Watch to Snowmaking

Just a few hours ago, we were in a Tornado Watch.  And now…we are making snow. Unbelievable. The snow and our base did take a little bit of a hit yesterday but it could have been much worse. Thankfully, we never lost power, we didn’t sustain any building or property damage, and we only had a couple of trees that fell when the storms and winds came through over night. 

We are making snow just about everywhere right now. Our snow cats have been on the hill today grooming and we will open today at 3pm, back to regular hours Friday am. 

Please be advised, there is a good chance that we will have some snow guns running, even on open runs over the next few days, including this weekend, while we are open for skiing. 

News coming soon on that new chairlift!

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Cannon Valley Quad Load Test

Our team helped the Doppelmayr team complete a successful load test yesterday for our new chairlift. This is one of the most important items to check of the "New Chairlift To Do" list.

In these photos you will see big boxed containers that were filled with water in order to simulate the chairlift being fully loaded with skiers and snowboarders. 
Doppelmayr will be performing some additional final tests this week. Still not quite sure when the lift will open, stay tuned, that day is coming very, very soon.