UPDATE: tuesday, 12-3-13 at 6:00pm:
The first December "SNOW" has fallen. Since Monday morning, we have received just over 8" in the lower elevations and nearly 12" up on the summit. The snowcats were out tracking & packing most all day long, and this recent snowfall certainly gives us an excellent start on readying the slopes for Season #35. The upper half of the mountain has fairly solid coverage, unfortunately, the lower half will require additional snowfall in order to get the season underway.
According to most of the forecasts, the next chance of snow comes back our way Thursday. Chances of snow remain in the mid-range forecasts for practically each day thereafter on through the weekend and into next week. The weather models show lots of uncertainty at this point in time, but there does appear to be some stronger systems developing as we roll into mid next week....we could certainly see something sooner, and are hopeful we will!
The slopes of Ski Bluewood will open as soon as we have adequate coverage to provide a safe and enjoyable experience throughout the slopes, and we are simply not quite there just yet as of today. As many of you know, the weather can change in a hurry and snow can fall in bunches here around these parts, so stay tuned and get your SNOW DANCES ON as Opening Day 2013-14 is right around the corner!
If we CANNOT get the slopes OPEN and chairs rolling this weekend for skiing & riding, we are going to host a "Winter Kick-Off" Party on Sunday, December 8th from 12noon-4pm up at the ski area. Come help us celebrate winter, do a little snow dance and have a little fun. We'll have some raffles, contests & giveaways...as well as some specials on Stocking Stuffer items. Season Passholders can pick up their passes. Get in a little shopping on the latest Bluewood logo-wear and much more in the retail shop. Enjoy a discounted beverage or snack from our food service area. Come check out the various renovations and enhancements throughout the ski area. Take a photo next to our newest snowcat, the PB Park Bully. Or simply come up to say hello to your favorite, friendly Bluewood staff member. Plus, as an added BONUS, we're planning to set out a few terrain PARK features for anyone wishing to slide, glide and ride a bit over on the learning area and perhaps even roll the PlatterPull if all goes as planned! More details to follow, but mark those calendars.
The bottom-line for a "Winter Kick-Off" Party is to help us let Ma Nature know that we are ready to roll, so let it SNOW, SNOW, SNOW! So again, if we cannot open the slopes, we will open up the ski area for some GOOD TIMES here this coming Sunday.
Stay tuned for additional updates and we will simply continue to see how all unfolds with the weather and snow. It's definitely COLD and should remain that way for quite some time....just need MORE SNOW to get rolling.
Hopes are we will see YOU this weekend at The WOOD!
PS: Always a good day at the "office" when the goggs come out! Come on SNOW!
Update: Tuesday, 12-3-13 at 7:00am:
As of 6pm Monday evening, we had received nearly 4" of snow down in the lower elevations of the ski area and between 5"-6" up top. As of 7am Tuesday, we've received another 4" of snow down around the base area and will get you some top totals a bit later this morning. We will be firing up the snow cats to get a closer look at our slope coverages as well as continue some tracking & packing. It's still snowing pretty good right now, and we're hopeful for several more inches to fall here today. Stay tuned for additional updates as the snow continues to fall. Think Snow!
Update from Sunday, 12-1-13 at 9pm:
As December 2013 is upon us, we are certainly hopeful that with it comes SNOW! It's been a pretty dreary, wet weekend up at the ski area, but precip is expected to change over to the wonderful WHITE by early-Monday as we have a system of seriously cold air rolling into the region. Projections at this point show potential accumulations of 2"-4" on Monday, perhaps another 2"-4"+ Monday night and then snow chances appear to continue Tuesday and Wednesday as well. It is still a bit too soon to say exactly when there may be enough snow to get the slopes open for the season. We simply must wait to see how all truly unfolds with the weather, and perhaps there may be a chance of opening up for the coming weekend....only time will tell, so stay tuned.
It's great to have the incoming cold & snow in the forecast for the week ahead, and we will keep you updated accordingly throughout the next several days. Keep checking the website, Facebook and Twitter.....and, THINK SNOW!
WEDNESDAY, 11-27-13 AT 9:30AM:
WE ARE SEEING RED......
OUR NEW PISTEN BULLY HAS ARRIVED TODAY!
The ARCTIC AIR has returned to most of the region and SNOW is back in the forecast for the weekend after Thanksgiving and beyond! Time will tell, but it's definitely nice to see some precipitation moving back our way.
As posted previously, our snow totals from Friday the 15th through Sunday the 17th were right around 20" up top and 14" in the base areas. We were super-stoked to get a healthy dose of the white, and were actually hoping to get a bit more as some forecasts were projecting....yet, we cannot complain any time one receives snow in the upper double-digit realm! Immediately following the weekend dump, we had a couple days of mild and rain, but COLD returned mid last week and we're hopeful more snow is on the way. Typically, the ski area requires a good 3 FEET +/- to have adequate coverage for an opening scenario...so the recent snow totals definitely gives us a heckuva start with the initial "base" throughout the slopes, but just not quite enough for proper slope coverage at this very point in time to actually open the ski area.
There does not appear to be much in the form of precipitation (snow) in our weather projections as we roll through the next many days, but could potentially see a little snow the weekend after Thanksgiving and into the early part of December. We could see a few flakes developing by Friday, but the better chances of snow appear to be starting up Sunday/Monday and into much of the next week. It is expected to get quite cold and hopes are the precipitation comes along with it. We will definitely be watching closely to see how all unfolds and we'll keep everyone informed of the happenings. So, the million dollar question is, when will we open? Well, we are simply waiting on more snow...it is as simple as that at this point. It's tough to say at this very point in time, but we are hopeful to get things rolling as soon as possible, so again, stay tuned and we'll let you know as soon as we do!
The below pic was taken at 7:30am on Saturday, 11-16-13...hopes are we see another similar round of snow coming to The Wood by early/mid next week!
Don't forget about our WORLD FAMOUS SKI BUSES rolling out of Tri-Cities (Thursday-Sunday) and Lewiston (Saturday & Sunday). They are beginning to fill-up, so make sure you get your spot today. Leave the driving to us, and and enjoy the GOOD TIMES in style. Many options available from transportation only, tickets & transport, as well as rental & lesson programs.
So, about all I can say is stay tuned. Make sure to stay in the KNOW about the SNOW and all other happenings here at Ski Bluewood...keep checking the website on a regular basis, become a member of our BluE-Newsletter and following us on our various social media outlets. Please check out our new social media block on our homepage, as we wanted to give everyone a simple and efficient way to stay-dialed in to our social media happenings. We most definitely try our best to keep you updated and provide inside info on the happenings, and we also have various exclusive deals only available for our "insiders"! So stay connected, and follow along...and, tell your friends to do the same!
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Continue to THINK, DANCE and do WHATEVER possible to get the SNOW up to the slopes!
Here's to #35 at The Wood!
Update from Monday, 11-18-13 at 9am:
A solid 14" down in the lower elevations at the ski area, and we'll be getting you summit snowfall totals (and a few pictures, too) a bit later today as we begin rolling the cats around the mountain. The weekend snow event was a HUGE start to the "base-building" efforts on the slopes. As stated Friday, it typically takes a good 3 FEET to provide adequate coverage throughout the slopes in order to ski & ride. Looks like we'll have a couple days of milder temps in store, but a COLD front returns by late-Tuesday...and, it definitely looks like it's going to get quite chilly. The 6-10 Day projection shows lots of cold air but not much on the precipitation side of things. So, we will simply be awaiting that next shot of snowfall to see if that can get us to a position of opening the slopes for Season #35. Stay tuned and THINK SNOW!
EVENING UPDATE - 7:00PM, MONDAY THE 18TH:
Did a little track-packing this afternoon up at the mountain, and sure nice to see all the beautiful WHITE throughout the slopes! Upon reaching the summit, we had a total snowfall of right at 20" from the storms this past weekend. As stated previously, the most recent snow certainly puts us in a good situation from the standpoint of building up our snow base on the slopes. Once we get another significant snow event, we could be looking at one of our earliest openings in several seasons. Though the short-range forecast is not as promising as we may like, we will simply wait to see how all unfolds and the GOOD NEWS is that COLD AIR is expected to settle in and stick around~~just need some more SNOW to go along with that COLD! We'll be ready whenever the opportunity presents itself...that's our guarantee.
I also saw we had some "first tracks" out on the slopes....and, not confident as to these other tracks in vicinity of the ski tracks....thoughts? Look closely and stay tuned to FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM later this week for more details.
And, here's a photo of 2-1 and 2-2 pushing the lot...quite a chore after the weekend DUMP, but these guys are seasoned professionals when it comes to moving snow. Well Done, Gents!
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tuesday, 10-1-13 AT 7:30pM...FIRST SNOW OF THE YEAR!!
Prior Posts on WHAT'S NEW IN 2013-2014:
Our 35th Anniversary Season is most certainly shaping up to be a special one; and we're super-stoked to announce many upgrades, improvements and enhancements both inside and out up at the mountain. It's been very busy around the ski area here the past couple of weeks....here's a quick list of just some of the happenings:
~~We are adding a PARK BULLY to our fleet of snowcats which will most certainly provide a big boost in our continued development and commitment towards freestyle terrain features throughout The Parks, as well as assiost in our overall slope preparation efforts. Here's a pic our new addition....looks much different without her tracks, blade and tiller; but she certainly is a good-looking machine!
~~We're working to add several new features/elements for the parks....a few new "progression" boxes along with some other sliders that are sure to very welcomed by all jibbers....and perhaps soem additonal au natural features, too! Photos & Specs coming soon...but here's a little pic of the fellas starting the processes on a few features!
~~We will soon welcome a brand NEW! Point-of-Sale system (not nearly as exciting as the new cat, but, pretty awesome in so many ways!) which will allow for more efficiencies from the ticket windows to the lift lines through the food service and more.
~~Several lodge enhancements with the addition of changing areas, some new equipment in our rental department, an expanded food & beverage menu both upstairs and in the Pub!
~~Major efforts towards cutting and clearing brush, trimming alder and thinning gladded areas to assure as early as possible opening and to create