Yes, we did it, folks.
We got the “must do’s” finished ahead of time and under budget. If we had to open tomorrow, the Eagle and Sugar Lump chairs and the Magic Carpet would be ready.
The day lodge is also renovated enough – we have permits and could function as we have been since the Festival of Colours.
The grooming machinery is prepared for the season.
We completed 500 acres of sylviculture.
Basically, we are ready to go.
Now, it would be an awkward operation, but ready to go is ready-to-go.
So, we continue to spend resources on additional machinery, signage, training, staffing, lifts, office and public space.
Here are some of our nice “to-dos”:
We spent a lot of money on new HEAD ski equipment and Burton snowboards, as the group business with schools has been overwhelming. Who knew there was this much latent demand?
You will see an additional 2880 square feet in the form of 4 Britco trailers in the parking lot (I did say awkward…)
We are renovating the McKinney T-Bar for operations this year.
The $19 seniors season pass has been a hit. Many have asked me, why? There is no history of many seniors skiing at Baldy. We want 1000 seniors to come skiing. So far 460 have signed up.
I would rather have 500 people buying lunch on a Tuesday than 50. I also want 100 seniors skiing with me. One of our guest coaches, Bill Webster (CSIA 4, CSCF 4, past president of Alpine Canada Alpin, 40+ year veteran of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance), will be joining us on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
There will be a noticeable shift in our messaging over the next period. To this point we have been trumpeting the accomplishments towards completing the “must do’s” to operate this year.
We are now focusing on the elements that will make Baldy even more exciting. These are programs, special events, terrain features, snow grooming, fundraising events, music bands, bus programs, and festivals.
We’re kicking it off with the First Chair Festival.
We’ll then spend a bit of time, before the crazy Christmas period starts, refining operations and systems, so we’re ready for when the kids get out of school around the 20th.
Then it will be full throttle, which is what we’ve been waiting for… for a long time.
The staff have been saying there’s a noticeable “buzz” in the valley communities. So we ask the two questions:
1. What if you had a party and no one came?
2. What if you had a party and too many came?
We’re beginning preparations for the latter. Nice problem, eh?