Thursday, May 8, 2008

What's Up?


The leaves are starting to come out and stick season is behind us. Many departments have been working hard cleaning up from the winter be it either inside or outside. Spring-cleaning takes on a completely new meaning after the winter season.

Many of you are probably wondering what is going to be happening around the mountain this summer. I am here to tell you we are planning many projects. The capital budget will be in excess of $1.2 million with many of the enhancements directly affecting our resort guests both summer and winter. Now while these have been approved, there is still the “subject to change” clause depending on permits, cost estimates as well as timing during the summer.

There will be two new ski trails in Jackson Gore. These trails were laid out during the initial Jackson Gore construction, but never fully completed. The Mountain Operations staff has begun clearing the trails and will have them ready for the winter ski season.
Adding a loading and unloading carpet to one of the South Ridge Quad Chairlift. This will help with the loading and unloading for our newer skiers.
New HKD snowguns to be added to some of the snowmaking trails
Remodeling of the ski shop cashier locations. There will be a cashier island located near the front door to make for a smoother cashing out experience.
Adding some kitchen equipment and hood space to allow more culinary options in the Coleman Brook Tavern.
Addition of almost $150,000 in ski & snowboard rental equipment to our existing rental fleet.
Addition of new Nordic rental equipment to the rental fleet.
Add sprinkler fire suppression system to the Icehouse so it can be used for concert events.
Miscellaneous other items in many departments.

So look for these projects beginning around the mountain.

Bruce Schmidt
Vice-President & General Manager

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