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Over the summer, we encountered a character on Facebook named Snowmaker Seven. He was an outspoken snowrider from New York who — we assumed — worked at Catamount or in the Catskills.
Earlier this month, he declared online: “Summers been fun but it’s time to test the snowmaking system! Bring on winter 2013-2014!” Curious, we pushed for information on his home hill. His response: “I work at Polar Peak in Columbia County!”
This got our curiosity up. Way up. Students of the map of New York and yet we barely knew of Columbia County, much less Taghkanic, NY. We found the location with the help of Google maps and tracked down Polar Peak’s website. A fascinating story emerged.
We got a quick update on off-season improvements from Tom Tar, the general manager at Belleayre Ski Center.
Snowmaking: We replaced four submersible pumps that supply our water. We’ve also replaced 9,000 feet of air and water lines that will allow us to increase water pressure and further improve our efficiency.
We added 25 low-energy guns including ten new SMI Polecat Fan Guns that will further increase our snowmaking capabilities and energy efficiency.
Lifts: We’re replacing the handle tow (Lift #5) on the bunny slope with a magic carpet. The new lift will be ready for opening day.
Gear: We will have a new rental fleet of new skis and snowboards. As part of ORDA, it’s likely that our rental fleet will be similar to those at Gore and Whiteface.
Renovations: The Discovery Lodge is currently being upgraded. The cafeteria style food service has been replaced with a more modern food court with an enhanced menu and more space for additional seating. This should also help with the flow of customers and alleviate the some of the lines/bottleneck at the cash registers.
We got a quick update from Mike Pratt, Gore’s General Manager on news and improvements taking place at the mountain during the 2013 offseason.
The Adirondack Express: “All maintenance has been performed and the lift is ready to go for this season. But I know you are asking me a bigger question. Our goal is to replace this lift with new quad. It’s our top priority for capital improvement and will happen as soon as we can secure funding.”
Other Lift News: “We’ve added another conveyor lift that was bought last fall. We’re installing it on Bear Cub. The new lift will unload next to the loading station of existing conveyor.”
Terrain Expansion: “We’re finishing work on a new trail that will improve access to the North Side from Burnt Ridge. When you come off the quad, instead of turning left to Echo, you’ll ski straight. The trails drops fast, goes into a left, then right turn, and heads across to the Tahawus Trail. We can make snow on it and will groom as needed.
I’m sure many know about the new Boreas glade on Burnt Ridge. We’ve also added a new glade at the Ski Bowl that lies in between Oak Ridge and Moxham.”