12/22 UPDATE: As we continue pushing out piles and prepping for the season, we have some unfortunate news to share.
We’re sorry to say that we will be pushing our opening day plans back until at least after Christmas. We have identified a potential Covid exposure through our daily employee health screenings and are currently working through our contact tracing and testing protocol. This is certainly not the way that we wanted to start our season, but we are very happy to see that our safety procedures are working and that we were able to catch this incident before we opened to the public. We will keep everyone posted with our new opening plans and will get the lifts spinning as soon as it is safe to do so.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding in these very unsettling times. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday and look forward to getting out on the slopes with everyone soon
Well, we’ve made it folks! Opening Day is scheduled for this Wednesday, December 23rd. With the lack of early season snowfall, we’ve been working our snow guns extra hard to try and get South Slope ready to slide. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, that will be this Wednesday! Conditions are sure to be very “early season” with some thin spots present, mainly around the base and top of the lift where snow making is limited. There will be NO beginner terrain, NO rentals, and NO lessons available.
Thursday’s forecast, well, let’s just say it is undesirable at best. Please note that for this reason, as well as a lack of terrain and adequate space to accommodate the usual crowds, we will NOT be hosting our annual Christmas Eve Free Ski Day. We do, however, still want to help stock the shelves of the local food pantry, so we will be announcing an alternative food drive event soon.
With that said, it’s looking like we’ll be closed the 24th and 25th, with the possibility of a nice lake effect event coming through on Christmas Day. A nice 12 inch storm would allow us to open up more terrain and take some of the pressure off our snow making. Since we can’t rely on that, however, we have a brand new TechnoAlpin T40Max Fan Gun in route to bolster our snow making capabilities and give our arsenal a pretty sweet upgrade. Temps are looking much better after the Holiday, so we’ll be back to making snow within the week.
Now, we’re obviously thrilled to get the season started, but there is A LOT to talk about before we do so…
This season brings a number of rules and regulations to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and keep our guests and employees safe, both on and off the slopes. We will be following and enforcing all NYS operational guidelines for ski resorts. Please continue reading for more information.
ALL GUESTS RESORT WIDE
– Socially distance yourself from other guests outside of your household or party as much as possible.
– Face coverings will be required AT ALL TIMES while on Snow Ridge property, with the only exceptions being while you are seated for food or drink or while you are actively skiing or snowboarding down the hill and at least 6 feet from other guests. This is a NYS law, violators will not be tolerated.
– Contact tracing practices will be implemented in the form of an online or in person check-in. Every visitor MUST check in either before or upon arrival for every visit this winter. You may do so by completing the simple online check in form on our website, or by signing in at the ticket desk. This is NOT a reservation.
– Face coverings and gloves will be required to ride all lifts.
– Please maintain 6 feet of separation in lift lines.
– Only ride lifts with members of your own household or party.
– When possible, please have only one member of your group wait in line to reduce congestion in the lodge.
– As always, pre-sale lift tickets and rentals are available online to reduce wait times.
– Reservations will not be required to purchase lift tickets, but capacity limits will be monitored and ticket sales will be cut off if necessary on peak days.
SKI AND RIDE SCHOOL
– Lesson reservations are not required, but are highly recommended. Lesson availability may be limited for walk-in customers on peak days.
– All guests wishing to take a lesson will be required to complete a quick health screening upon arrival.
– All indoor spaces will be limited to 50% capacity.
– Additional seating will be available in the Wax House basement, above the Main Office, and on our brand new Tavern patio!
– Please plan to use your vehicle as your own personal locker room in order to relieve congestion in the lodge.
– Gear and bags may only be stored on wall hangers or downstairs in the lockers or storage cubbies. NO bags can be left under the tables.
– Please limit your time indoors on peak days in order to allow for other guests to warm up and/or eat and drink.
Thank you all in advance for helping us navigate this unique season, which I’m sure will still be one of the best yet! Now, bring on the lake effect, and we’ll see everyone on the slopes!