Last September Aaron Kellett was promoted to the top spot at Whiteface after the retirement of Bruce McCulley.
We got a quick update from the new General Manager about upgrades and infrastructure improvements on the mountain. Here’s Aaron’s to-do list for the remainder of the summer and the offseason:
“We’re planning to cut a new glade that starts about halfway down Hoyt’s High and will run to the base of Lift 6, the Summit Quad. The glade, when open, will allow access to the summit chair (lift 6) or back to the lookout lift. It’s approximately 25 degrees in pitch, 1500’ feet long and spans 680 vertical feet. The glade doesn’t have a name yet. (We’ll be holding a naming contest.)
We’re assembling an employee crew to do a thorough glade cleanup to allow for earlier openings and later closings.
We’re purchasing a new Pisten Bully 600 Winch Cat. The Cat will be used all over the mountain; we find ourselves winching both expert and intermediate trails so the winch is a very valuable versatile machine for us.
We’ve ordered 35 new low-E Techno Alpin Rubis Evo guns for Easy Street, Broadway, and Excelsior. We’re also installing a new Techno Alpine TF-10 on an arm on the big wide section of Lower Valley’s Tower 10 hill. This is a newer, higher capacity version of the yellow fan guns you see around the mountain.
Following are numbers for skier visits and revenue for New York’s state-owned and operated ski areas as reported by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA).
As of the 2010 – 2011 season ORDA has not reported skier visits for Gore Mountain. For the first time in the 2013 annual report numbers for Belleayre Ski Center are included.
|2004 – 2005||181,759||$7,205,841|
|2005 – 2006||180,440||$7,836,129|
|2006 – 2007||166,145||$8,052,883|
|2007 – 2008||214,108||$10,469,789|
|2008 – 2009||185,586||$9,060,532|
|2009 – 2010||188,784||$9,367,859|
|2010 – 2011||209,214||$10,493,708|
|2011 – 2012||164,952||$9,025,507|
|2012 – 2013||192,008||$10,452,111|
NYSkiBlog has learned that New York’s Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) will announce a new ski pass which will grant skiers access to all three of New York’s state-run ski resorts. The Ski3 Pass will be on sale later today and will allow pass holders to ski Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre any day of the 2013-2014 season.
The early bird price of the new pass for adults — $739 — is the same as the first deadline price of the current ORDA 2-Way Pass for Gore and Whiteface. The early discount price for young adults is $385, while college students and juniors can pick the pass for only $299. The early discount period ends on April 19.
A new Ski3 pass purchased this spring, is good from March 10 to the end of this season. In addition to great savings on skiing and riding, pass holders will also be a part of ORDA’s “Perks Program.” Ski3 also offers special promotions and discounts throughout the year at ORDA venues and some local businesses.
Together, the three resorts offer more than 800 acres of terrain across eight peaks. The Ski3 Pass provides access to the vertical at Whiteface, The Slides, cruisers and tree skiing at Gore, and an accessible variety of terrain at Belleayre. The pass has the potential to bring more visitors to both the Catskills and the Adirondacks.