BURKE -- Although Burke Mountain had hoped to open last Friday, this Saturday's opening day of Dec. 1 is gearing up to be a big, white celebration, said officials at the mountain.
Tim McGuire, general manager of Burke Mountain, said snowmaking has been the top priority in the days leading up to the grand opening celebration.
"The most important thing we are doing right now is making snow," reported a busy McGuire earlier this week. "This week has provided us with great temperatures and we are able to make snow around the clock," he happily reported. "We should have more trails open than anticipated for this weekend."
McGuire said everyone at the mountain resort is straight out readying for an exciting season opening this weekend. The resort, which is reinvigorated with new ownership and investment, is pinning high hopes on this season, as are all winter tourism businesses after a disappointing winter last year.
"Aside from (snowmaking) each individual department -- ski school, rentals, retail, food and beverage, etc. -- are all doing final training and setting up to be ready to open," said McGuire.
McGuire noted that the resort has much to be thankful for and is excited about the upcoming season. "We are fortunate to have a great returning staff. And with the improvements that we have made over the off season -- we are looking at a promising winter. In the coming weeks and months the future plans for Burke will start to take shape and we are excited to share those with you as well."
This weekend the resort anticipates having skiing and riding from top to bottom. The Sherburne Express at the lower mountain will be open servicing High Meadows Pass and Binney Lane, and the Mid Burke Express and the Poma lift will be open and servicing Upper Willoughby, Lower Willoughby, Lower Bear Den, and Lower Warren's Way.