Snowmaking is the name of the game in Wisconsin as far as Jim Engle, longtime owner of Sunburst Ski Area, located near Kewaskum, is concerned. They have been the first area to open for skiing and riding in the Badger State for the last 12 years in a row; earliest opening was Nov. 3, 2006.
The 16 new snow guns purchased last season use far less energy and utilize more efficient horsepower to produce snow. This season three new snow cannons were purchased to complete the system, which enables them to convert over 3,000 gallons per minute into snow.
"These new snowguns will save almost 300 tons of carbon dioxide over their lifetime," said Engle. "The new, efficient guns allow us to open faster and recover more quickly from winter thaws. We are ready to start making snow at the first sign of cold temperatures in late October or November."
Engle never met a snowflake he didn't like.
"We can make a lot of them quickly. This investment in high efficient snowmaking pumps will help ensure that our kids will have winters for future generations."
That's the kind of enthusiasm that skiers and riders appreciate.
Sunburst is adding real restrooms to replace the port-a-potties in the tubing area and tweaked the tubing lanes to add a little more fun and excitement. Look for more terrain park features and expanded parks this coming winter.
Now all we have to do is wait for some snow, but Sunburst is ready.
Individual season passes are currently on sale for $230. Additional benefits include free tubing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Sister area discounts include half-price lift tickets at Nordic Mountain, Wilmot, and Camp 10 in Wisconsin, Sundown and Ski Snowstar in Illinois, Wild Mountain and Powder Ridge in Minnesota, and Great Bear in South Dakota. Just show your season pass at any of these areas. It is not valid holidays or with any other discounts or offers.