General Manager Matt Lillard says the mountain has received more than 46 inches of snow since Nov. 12th.
“The snow has been of excellent quality. We’re working with our groomers and mountain operations team and packing down as much as we can and moving it around, really setting up the base for a fantastic year,” Lillard says.
The snow has been a mix of the heavy wet stuff – needed for a good base – and lighter, dryer snow. Lillard took some runs this morning.
“Right now there’s a nice base underneath and some fresh powdery snow on top,” he says. “And once the mountain operations and grooming team have some more time to go back over it, it’s going to get even better.”
Lillard has been on the job just two weeks, moving from Londonderry, Vermont, where he was the assistant general manager for Magic Mountain Ski Area.
He says more details of Eaglecrest’s opening day will be announced next week, but it looks like Porcupine, Hooter and Ptarmigan chairlifts will be running.
The rental and repair shops will be open, some ski and snowboard instruction will be available, and the cafeteria will have a limited menu. Mountain Lift Coffee also will be opening. The Eaglecrest Snow Bus will not be running opening weekend, but will start Dec. 3rd.
If KTOO’S memory is correct, the last time Eaglecrest opened Thanksgiving weekend was in 2003. There was a limited Hooter-only opening Nov. 18, 2006.
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