I suppose the crux of my report today should begin with the news that our lower mountain skiing is closed for the season. Beginning today, skiers and riders will need to upload the gondola to get on the slopes and download the gondola at the end of the day.

But no fear, the upper mountain conditions are still in good shape. We’ve got a 65-inch base up there and our main runs are all in fine condition. Lifts you’ll be able to access once up there include Burgess Creek, Four Points, Sunshine, Sundown, South Peak and Elkhead. This means all of High Noon, Tomahawk, Rolex, West Side and all trails in between are open. Buddy’s Run and skier’s right of that is worth exploring as well.

And when your legs need a break, swing by the Four Points Lodge for some incredible food or a cold beverage. Take advantage of the Adirondack chairs set outside that allow you to soak up the view. There’s no place better than this to “chillax” (as the kids say).

Looking ahead to the upcoming season closing festivities, there is a lot to look forward to. Make sure to mark your calendar for the hilarious and 37th annual Cardboard Classic. Come witness as these homemade cardboard crafts race down to a hysterical finish.

And for those that love live music in the reflection of our incredible mountain, make sure to pencil in Anderson East on Saturday the 15th and The Wailers on Sunday. We’re ending our season with the reggae rhythms of this legendary band carrying the iconic sound of its founder, Bob Marley.

Get out there and enjoy. Today marks the beginning of our last week of winter mountain operations. So take advantage while you can and have a blast.

Dave Wittlinger, Alpine skier

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