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Friday, December 19, 2014

Highlands Opens Sunday

We have a BIG weekend on the way with snowmaking temps overnight, Highlands opening on Sunday,  20% of regular weekend rates and equipment demos thanks to our friends at Freestyle.  More info at the end of the Blog.

OPEN with day and night sessions, skiing and riding on a machine groomed surface.  

Hours:  9am-10pm

Rates:  20% off midweek rates today.

Open Trails:  8 trails open - Upper Dobie, Lower Dobie, Eagles Swoop, both Cross Trails, Tequila, Lower Sunrise and the upper portion of our Terrain Park.

Lifts:  2 lifts open – Blue Ridge Express and Big Acorn

Surface:  20-30 inch machine groomed base

Terrain Park:  The upper portion of the Terrain Park is open with 8 features – 20ft down pipe, pole jam, large flat down rail, small down tank, small flat box, small down box, disco box and “A” frame box.

Tubing:  OPEN with sessions from 1:30pm until 10pm.  Sessions often sell out purchase in advance here:

Snowmaking:  Snowmaking continued overnight with limited production.  Average wet temp across the ski area is 25 degrees at 7am this morning.  This 25 degree average includes warm temps down low and cool temps up high.  The bottom of Highlands has a dry temp of 29 degrees while the top has a dry temp of 23…..6 degree difference over 1000 vertical feet….  Luckily for us, snowmaking automation does an incredible job keep up with these major differences in temp.  Go Snowpower.  Highlands remains our major focus with a secondary focus on Tyro and the lower section of our Terrain Park.   Looking ahead, the overall weather pattern is OK with Normal and below normal temps expected to arrive around 12/26.  The forecasts suggests a very active Christmas week with lots of snowmaking, near constant trail openings and GREAT snow conditions.  We are right where we need to be to have a great Holiday.

Highlands:  Upper Cliffhanger and Lower Wild Turkey are 75% complete and expected to open on Sunday.  Look for an additional update in tomorrow’s Blog. 

Demo Day – Freestyle will sponsor an Industry Demo at the Discovery Ridge Parking Lot on Saturday from 9am-until 3pm – Reps include: Head, Rossignol, Volkl, Ride, K2, Dynastar, Blizzard, Nordica, Never Summer and Burton.  Come make turns on the newest and best products.   

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Friday, December 19, 2014

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