UPDATE: wednesday, 12-11-13 at 3:00pm:
come on snow!!
Here's the latest FORECAST for the ski area.
We have been patiently awaiting the SNOW most all week long, and just not much to speak of as we have basically had only a few flurries off and on since last weekend. The summit area received about a quarter inch yesterday/overnight night, with only a dusting in the lower elevations. As previously stated, we are at a point in time where it is going to take a pretty healthy snowfall to have adequate coverage throughout the slopes to get things rolling.
As the forecast from NOAA states, it appears snow should return Thursday. Hopes are the potential 2"-4" on Thursday night and 1"-3" on Friday come true or produce even more than anticipated. The weather models are a bit uncertain and mixed as to how all may unfold at this point in time, and perhaps a true "dump" could commence over these next 48+ hours. We are super stoked to see the return of potentially significant accumulations back in the immediate future. IF the forecast holds and the system loads up over the Blue's, perhaps we have a shot at opening up for the coming weekend...stay tuned for updates.
It has been quite a little roller coaster ride these past many weeks. The early snow back on October 1 definitely got us pumped...then we had the first double-digit 'dump' back in mid-November....a few more inches here and there....but the 3" of rain in a 30 hour period back when November ended and December began resulted in some fairly serious snow-loss down in the lower elevations....but cold and snow appear to be roaring back, and we're most definitely ready to get Season #35 at Bluewood underway very, very soon!
Post from Sunday, 12-9-13:
Thanks to everyone whom made it up to the ski area on Sunday for our Winter Kick-Off Party. Many came out to enjoy the features set over on the platter area, some just put their skis or boards on to get those first few slides of the season, others did a little shopping in retail, passholders picked up season passes, many enjoyed some sled riding and our staff finished some respective departmental training and final preparations for the season.
So, now we await the SNOW. Snow is in the forecast all week long, and our hope is to roll with opening the slopes by the coming weekend. We are targeting Saturday the 14th for Opening Day, yet all depends upon how the weather and snow unfolds. Stay tuned, and we will defintiely keep you informed as the week moves along.
Update from Friday, 12-6-13: The "Word" from The "Wood".
Our hope was for more snow to fall this week and to get the slopes open this weekend. Unfortunately, we did not and we will not. A few flurries were falling when I left the mountain about 5pm, and forecasts predict a couple of inches could fall overnight....but, we are just a bit too thin with our snow base down in the lower elevations to have an adequate, safe coverage of snow for skiing this weekend. However, all looks most promising for us to possibly get a little snow this weekend and chances get better next week for many more inches. Therefore, we anticipate Opening Day to be Saturday the 14th...just depends how all unfolds. Stay tuned for additional details and we will certainly keep you updated accordingly.
However, we are going to have some GOOD TIMES up at the ski area this weekend as we celebrate our 35th Anniversary Season with a Winter Kick-Off Party on Sunday, December 8, from 12pm-4pm. Click the link for all event details, and hopes are to see many of you up at the ski area Sunday for some eats, drinks, slides, glides, laughs, smiles, giveaways, shopping, pass pick-up and much more!
Park Bully, doing work! As stated previously, we are a bit thin on snow down in our lower elevations. But, we wanted to ensure a few turns and slides were available this weekend for our Winter Kick-Off Party, so the PB went into action hauling many loads of the wondeful white from the parking lot to the base area! Our plan is to turn the platterpull for anyone wishing to get in a few turns, and the Park Crew has installed 8 features in couple of sweet lines which we believe ALL will certainly enjoy!
THINK SNOW and hopes are to see many of you up top Sunday!
PS: Always a good day at the "office" when the goggs come out! Come on 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