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11/30/2012 8:32:00 AM
Burke Mountain Ready To Open This Weekend
Burke Mountain resort on Wednesday was busy in the final days before the opening of the 2012-13 ski season, which begins this Saturday.
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Burke Mountain resort on Wednesday was busy in the final days before the opening of the 2012-13 ski season, which begins this Saturday.

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Amy Ash Nixon
Staff Writer

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.

This weekend's opening is two weeks ahead of the earliest opening at Burke, said Bill Stenger, co-owner of Burke Mountain Resort. "The snow guns are working well. The staff is ready. It will be their earliest opening."

The resort reported just before Thanksgiving in its e-newsletter that the delay on its opening was caused because Mother Nature was not cooperating and giving them the chance to make snow, due to temperature inversions, when its colder in a valley than on the top of the mountain.

On Wednesday, the resort's webpage had nothing but good news, stating, "Good things come to those who wait. With prime snowmaking temps the past few days, we are pumping out the snow for summit to base skiing and riding this weekend! Lifts and trails will open for Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2."

Saturday night, the True North Music Series will kick off at the mountain in the Bear Den Lounge, featuring Classic Rewind.

Trails and lifts will close mid-week from Dec. 3 through 7. Lift operations will resume for the winter seven days a week beginning Dec. 8. On Dec. 8, the mountain will host extreme snowmobile racing.

For the latest on conditions and events at the mountain, log on to skiburke.com.

Robin Smith, a staff writer with The Orleans Record and The Caledonian-Record, contributed to this report.

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