A foot and a half of snow can do wonders for the slopes. The snow has hardly stopped falling at Winter Park and resort officials are using it to their advantage. They’re opening Mary Jane Mountain on Thursday, Dec. 13, with first chair of the Super Gauge Express Lift spinning at 9 a.m.
“We were pleasantly surprised by how much snow we ended up getting,” said Steve Hurlbert, Communications Manager for Winter Park Resort.
“It was in really great shape and so some decisions were made to get it open as soon as we could. A lot of credit goes to the guys on the snow crew. It’s not just a matter of dropping the ropes and here we go. They worked long, long hours and they’re still working long hours to make sure it is ready on Thursday.”
Skiers and riders lucky enough to be in line will find three lifts, six trails and a day-long celebration. In addition to the Super Gauge Express, the other two lifts running will be the High Lonesome Express and Galloping Goose double.
The Mary Jane base will be buzzing with $1 pancakes and free coffee at the Mary Jane Market. Food and drink specials will be offered as well as deals on Mary Jane fleeces, hoodies, and hats as well as two-for-one demo rentals. Many of the deals continue through the weekend.
Hurlbert adds that folks in town are ecstatic. “People are really, really excited beyond the fact that we’ve got new terrain opening. It finally feels like winter! After the dry November we had, to have it feel like winter and feel like December is making people really, really happy.”
Season passes are for sale at Winter Park through Dec. 16. Passes can be purchased at Winter Park or at any Front Range Christy Sports.