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With the short term weather challenges we are facing through to the 28th when it appears as though we will finally be off and running for the season, we felt it important to let all Members know what we are planning and why.

 

December 24th and 25th 

The forecast has been for a significant weather event for some time now. At first there was some uncertainty as to what would occur but now all of the models are in alignment and the forecasts for significant rain, warm temperatures and wind look to be a certainty.

The rain has already arrived at the Club and temperatures are set to rise to 5 tonight and 7 tomorrow. Tomorrow they are forecasting light rain through the early part of the day but intensifying in the evening. Our programs are ending today and tomorrow we are scheduled to operate from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Given the forecast our plan is to groom tonight and be prepared to operate as planned tomorrow morning. If it is raining and the conditions are poor we may decide to shut down earlier than our scheduled 1:00 shut down.

The Main Food Line will be open from 8:00 to 12:00 for breakfast service and Member Services will be open from 8:00 to 1:00.

 

December 26th

The Club will be open on the 26th as scheduled at 10:00 a.m. and stay open until 3:30.

 

December 27th

This is the first day of our 4 day Christmas Camps. On this day and until we can get more terrain open (it is supposed to begin to get cold on this day!) we will have over 200 kids in programs and other Members wanting to ride on Champlain. This less than ideal situation is going to require some careful management to provide the safest and best possible experiences for all involved. Luckily Champlain is a very wide run and represents more than 20% of our skiable terrain. Here is the plan until we get another run open which will be soon after the colder weather arrives.

 

We open at 8:30 and from that time until 9:30 the run will be wide open for all to enjoy the freshly groomed terrain. At 9:30 we will begin to install a boundary right down the center hydrant line of the run, dividing the run into two lanes similar to what western resorts do for training space. The resulting two runs are still wider than most on the Escarpment.

 

On the east side or skiers right we will host all of our Alpine program participants in a series of managed environments. On the west side or skiers left we will have an open run where all others can safely enjoy Champlain. Once we get more terrain open we will discontinue this practice. We ask all Members who are enjoying the day to ski safely and in control.

 

We offer up this information to make sure that expectations are managed in advance. We have created this plan because it will provide the best and safest experiences for all until our situation becomes less challenging.